The other day while I was reflecting on Christ and His death, this question came to my mind:
Who created and sustained all the people, animals, plants and everything else while Christ was on earth and, particularly, while He was dead and in the tomb?
This question is mainly for Adventists because to answer it correctly one must first have a correct understanding of what the Bible says about death and the grave, and secondly one must have a correct understanding about what the Bible says about the nature of Christ as the creator and sustainer.
My second question is this:
If it was not Jesus who created and sustained during His time on earth and in the tomb, why does the Bible say that all things are created and sustained by Him? (Col. 1:16,17)
I did not ponder too long on this question, but I did come up with a simple hypothesis:
Since God Himself is outside of time, Christ could have created and been sustaining all things before and after stepping into time to become the Son of Man. In essence, it is really a question about time. How could He do x, y and z at the same time. How could He create at the same time He was in the grave? How could He sustain at the same time He was on earth and had laid down His Godly powers? Well, even though it is hard for us to grasp, and perhaps impossible, He is outside of time. So even though Jesus stepped into time for a season, He was also outside of time.
Just something to think about.