Genesis tells us that the was “tohu vabohu.” That’s Hebrew for “Formless and Void.” But then God spoke and brought order out of Chaos. First, He created the categories by separating one from another. He made divisions between the waters 12 give thanksabove, the waters below, the sky, the dry ground, the seas and the land. Even though now there were distinctions between space, time and matter, the distinctions needed content. They were empty. They were void of anything meaningful. So God filled each with content. He put planets and stars in space along with the sun and moon. He put birds in the sky, he put fish in the sea, and he put plants and animals on the dry ground. He did this so that each life form in each arena would reproduce itself with the intent of filling the whole earth. In Genesis 1:11 God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so.

This creative process of God, His Word, brought meaning to space. It brought meaning to the skies, it brought meaning to the seas, it brought meaning to dry ground. Further, God created man to manage it all and to recognize and understand the purpose of life. Indeed the voids were all filled. Man had dominion over it all. But man’s meaning was not found in the fullness of the earth! Man’s meaning was found in the fullness of His communion with the God who created it all. He shared the joys of life with the God who made Him. Male and Female, God created them to have an intimate relationship with Him. When made broke that communion through sin, the meaning and purpose and significance of life was lost. Chaos reigned again in creation and man was lost and alone. But He was left with a promise that one day the seed of the woman would come forth and bring meaning back to life.

Then God sent Jesus! He fills the voids once again and gives meaning purpose to our lives once more by receiving the judgment for our rebellion on the cross. He restores our intimate connection with God and things matter once again. The voids of lives can once again be filled by God’s Word. Look at all these verses. John 2:1-12 – Jesus fills our empty lives with joy… Luke 5:1-11 Jesus fills our empty nets…John 4:7-42 – Jesus fills our life with living water… John 6:1-14 – Jesus fills our hungry souls…John 6:35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.”