He is Before All Things

2012 started for me in one of my favorite places in the world, church.  From the fellowship, worship, and the studying I enjoy it greatly. It also was great today because the past two weeks I have been rehabbing from knee surgery, and any chance I have to get out of the house is exciting. Enough about me though, the purpose of this blog is to talk. The scripture basis this morning is taken from John 1: 1-3, a very common set of verses for anyone raised in the church. I decided to blog about what was shared this morning along with what I got out of it. This scripture reads:

 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.

The Gospel according to John is centralized around the deity of Christ as God. How do these verses though prove that Christ is God? Simply, to break it down the word “Word” (see what I did there?) is capitalized which gives it much significance. Christ is the Word, he fulfilled it and the Bible is centered around Him. Lecrae a Christian rapper has a great line that says “The Word became flesh….” Christ left his throne in Heaven with God where he was from the beginning and became like you and I, except perfect. Now I am not going to get into the complexity of the Trinity. However, John tells us that Christ is indeed God. That he was there in the beginning, He was with God, and that apart from Him nothing came into being.

 

So, why is this important?

 

Once you have discovered that Christ is God, you can there end attempt to understand the magnitude of what He did. What He did for you and what He did for me as well so we can simply know Him. It really is incredible when you think about it, 2 Corinthians 8:9 says:

” For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.”

Christ left his throne so you and I could inherit the Kingdom. In Genesis it is said that God made us in His image. Yet, along the way we messed up and what we deserve is Hell. When we sin we are separating ourselves from God, we are abandoning our Father. The beauty is grace, oh how beautiful and undeserving it is. When we come to know the grace Christ gives we become rich. Not in the terms of wealth but meaning in life. You have invested your life into something that is beyond yourself, and contributing to the cause will bring you the greatest self-worth. Not pride, but humbleness in being a servant for your King.

 “who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”  Philippians 2: 6-8

It is simple, God humbles himself in human form for us. Shouldn’t we as humans humble ourselves before God, and give our life as an obedient servant for the Kingdom?

John 1:3 to me really declares who God is All things are through Him, and nothing that has come to be apart from Him. Tag team that with Colossians 1:17:

 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.

Brother Craig had an awesome analogy this morning regarding this verse. There a known octillion stars in the universe, yes octillion which is 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. Pretty big number, eh? He holds all those stars together, but at the same time he holds together all the atoms and small details that make up you. As Brother Craig said, “This tells us we can trust God, and it would be foolish not to.” He is before ALL things, and he holds them all together. Christ has always been with God, and we can trust Him with our lives. He gave His so you can live eternally with Him in paradise, won’t you give a few short years on earth to Him.

I hope this Christmas season has been wonderful for you and your families and nothing but blessings for you in 2012. For the believers, I challenge you to share the Gospel with as many people as you can. Let’s make 2012 a great year! God bless you all

 

Jared

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