Can you imagine “nothing?” No matter, no space, no time—just nothing. Well, I’ve tried to imagine “nothing,” and I can’t. I guess only God can imagine “nothing,” for He was there when there was nothing.
One of the interesting things about the concept of creation is to realize that prior to creation there was nothing. If everything came into being during the six-day process of creation, as the Bible says, then before creation there was absolutely nothing—no earth, no moon, no planets or stars, no universe—just nothing. Yet, that’s not exactly true because before creation, there was God. In Colossians 1:16 we read that Jesus created everything that there is. Then in verse 17 it says, “And He is before all things….”
“Before,” is the Greek preposition “pra,” which has the idea of being foremost or before something else.
My daughter is a gregarious person—she likes being around people. Years ago when she was a teenager, we lived out in the country. One day she said to me, “Dad, look out the window and tell me what you see.” So I looked and said, “I don’t see anything.” “Exactly,” she said, “There’s nothing—no people. I wish we lived in town.”
Now to say that Jesus was before all things, is not to suggest that He was lonely. The Father and the Spirit were there with Him. “Before” creation was no problem for Him.
Say—are you lonely? Well, Jesus can help you with that. He’s there for you—always has been.