7442 - Jesus, Son of God


Audio transcript

As we are studying through the gospel of John we have observed many episodes in the interaction of Jesus with His disciples. As we approach the end of the life of Jesus it seems that it would profit us to search the Scripture and understand more clearly what the time line for the existence of Jesus Christ looks like.

Our first mention will be the eternity before the creation started the time clock of humanity. In this distant past the Son of God was present. “In the beginning…the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” [Jn.1:1-2]. Consider also that the night before His crucifixion, Jesus asked the Father to glorify him in the Father’s presence with the glory which he had with the Father before the world began [Jn.17:5]. So the Son of God – the man called Jesus – was a living part of existence long before Creation.

The next link we notice is that the Son of God was the very One who brought creation into being. In Genesis 1:1 it says: “In the beginning God created…” The word ‘God’ here is the Hebrew word ‘Elohim’ which is plural, so the God-head is clearly involved. John’s Gospel [1:3] tells us: “Through [Jesus] all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. Colossians [1:16] says about Jesus; “For by him all things were created; things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible…all things were created by him and for him.”

Scripture also testifies that Jesus, the Son of God, is the one who sustains all things and holds everything together by His powerful word [Col.1:17; Heb.1:3].

From the viewpoint of mankind the Son became more visible, when God the Father sent the Son to indwell a baby borne by a young virgin named Mary, here on earth. Scripture reveals how the Holy Spirit empowered this miracle, and also gives the name Jesus by which he was to be identified. It is plainly revealed that He is the Son of the Most High. He was also to be called Immanuel – which means “God with us” [Matt.1:18,23; Lk.1:30-35; Heb.1:3].

This revelation of God, through Jesus was to fulfill God’s eternal plan for the redemption of mankind from sin. The grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all mankind [Titus 2:11]. Jesus came in order to live a sinless life until he was a man, so that, at that time He could give himself as a ransom for all men [1Tim.2:6].

We note from 1 Peter [1:20] that, “He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.” Such words give assurance that this was no abrupt plan for reconciliation, but had been formulated by God before creation, whereby mankind could be restored to a sanctified and blessed relationship with Holy God.

We thank the Father that the grave could hold no power over Jesus, but that Jesus, “through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by His resurrection from the dead…” “For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living [Rom.1:4; 14:9].

Now Jesus has ascended to the right hand of God [Mark 16:19; 1 Tim.3:16]. “Where…He has become a high priest forever...” [Heb.6:20].

But being God, He also lives in each and every child of God on earth. “Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself?...” [1Cor.6:15; Gal.2:20].

To close our thoughts – there is a future time, “at that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky…they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory.” “…we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.” [Mt.24:30; 1Ths. 4:17]. The Lord will return!