Jesus’ first miracle occurred long before he healed the sick, turned water into wine, and took a leisurely stroll upon the Sea of Galilee. It occurred “…in the beginning…” (Genesis 1:1, NIV), at Creation, when time as we know it began. Jesus was present, playing his part in the creative process. All the tools of an artist were at his disposal, his masterpiece soon to be unveiled. And then, the Divine Artist would step back from his work, take in the majesty of it all, and claim that “…it was good” (Genesis 1:25, NIV).
God had created light and darkness, bodies of water and land, plants and animals, but none of these things modeled the heart of their Creator. So, God formed, from the dust of the newly made ground, the body of a man. And, into this still lifeless form, God breathed life. Then from the body of the man, God created a woman.
It wasn’t long before sin and Satan slithered in and took their toll upon what God had formed. The ones created in the very image of God fell from grace, the consequences of sin forced upon them by their disobedience.
But there was a second miracle in the works. God had devised a plan of re-creation, a method in which to redeem fallen mankind. The same God who was there in the beginning, Jesus, would revisit his Creation, this time taking the form of a man. He would live a sinless life, die a sacrificial death, and rise just as he had promised. Re-creation would be accomplished. Redemption would be complete.