I started the book yesterday and made it through the introduction and the first two chapters. I am enjoying it tremendously. It is one of those books that I will have to read over and over again to get all of the beauty contained within.
There was something that jumped out at me from a paragraph in the second chapter (Christ in Creation: The Macro Version).
He (John) began his gospel just like Genesis, with the words “In the beginning.” In John 1 & 2, we are presented with the new creation in the midst of the old creation. For this reason, the gospel of John is the new Genesis.
Could the Gospel of John be the Second Genesis?
Could it be that John wasn’t just making a few connections to Genesis, but John (inspired by the Holy Spirit) was trying to tell the re-creation story, the second origin story, the New Creation, the second Genesis? Is John saying that Jesus is bring about a New Creation? I think he is.
I knew of the Gospel of John’s imagery of Genesis through his gospel account. Genesis 1 language in John 1, the gardener image in Jesus’ Easter appearance is a reference back to the Garden of Eden. I preached on this a few Easter’s ago at Journey Church. But Sweet and Viola find that Genesis imagery weaving through out the whole Gospel of John. Here are a couple examples:
- In John 1:23, John the Baptist answered the priests and the Levites saying he was “the voice of one crying in the wilderness” In Genesis 1:2, we are told that the earth was formless and void, like a wilderness. Strikingly, the Hebrew word for “without form” is translated “wilderness” in other places in the Old Testament.
- In John 1:32, when Jesus was baptized, the Spirit descended upon Him “like a dove”. In Genesis 1:2, the Spirit descended with wings “hovering” over the waters of creation.
I find all this comparison interesting. I am curious enough to do some more research and to read further in Jesus: a Theography.