December 25, 2009 Filed in: Special Program
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.”
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August 28, 2009 Filed in: Bible Study
To close out our ‘I Am’ series, we now look at the last of these seven sayings– I am the true vine. Jesus is in the room of the ‘last supper’ with his disciples, before going to Gethsemane. Listen to John 15 (1,2,4,5):
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful....Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
Here we have the description of a grapevine growing from fertile ground under the watchful eye of a gardener. Jesus is the vine, and supplies everything needed to the branches for life and health.
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August 24, 2009 Filed in: Bible Study
The night before His crucifixion Jesus was with His disciples preparing them for His departure and encouraging them about the future. Keep in mind, Jesus fully intended to leave the work of the Kingdom in the hand of these eleven apostles. He knew what was ahead--He would be betrayed and crucified. These apostles would be scattered and desert him under the pressure. And Peter would deny Him.
Yet, He did not flinch. You see, He also knew that He would send the Holy Spirit to strengthen and empower them. He knew their fear and timidity would be superseded by boldness and power--even to the point of working miracles as a sign for unbelievers.
August 19, 2009 Filed in: Bible Study
One of those passages in which we see the self-existence of God very plainly is Exodus 3. God sent Moses to Pharaoh and to the Nation of Israel to tell them they would be freed. When Moses asks how he should respond to the question, “Who sent you?” God told him to say “I Am has sent me....I Am who I am.” This is an expression of underived existence. Nothing created God, for in essence to be created is to be subordinate to the creator. God has always been and will always be.
As Jesus Christ ministered, He uttered in the Greek language, thirty-six times an echo of this “I AM” from God. Twenty-three of these expressions are in the book of John. At times this was only an expression which mean “It is I,” but at other times Jesus was openly declaring His deity.
August 17, 2009 Filed in: Bible Study
August 14, 2009 Filed in: Bible Study
In Exodus (3:13) when Moses asked God His name, God said to Moses, "I am who I am. That is what you are to say to Israel: 'I Am has sent me to you.'" God says His name is "I Am," and this name is a form of the Hebrew "to be". God's name tells us that He is, He exists. He is eternal and has always been and will always be. He is sovereign and will be what He will be. He is faithful and will always be what He has always been, the same yesterday, today and forever.
August 07, 2009 Filed in: Bible Study
• I am the bread of life
• I am the light of the world
• I am the door (or gate)
• I am the good shepherd
• I am the resurrection and the life
• I am the way, the truth and the life
• I am the true vine
In each of these Jesus seeks to open the mind of the hearer, and those who now read His Word, to the truth that Jesus is the one and only source of life which God intended people to experience.
August 05, 2009 Filed in: Bible Study
• I am the bread of life. (John 6:35)
• I am the light of the world. (8:12)
• I am the door. (10:9)
• I am the good shepherd. (10:11)
• I am the resurrection and the life (11:25)
• I am the way, the truth and the life. (14:6) and
• I am the true vine. (15:1)
Today let's focus on the first of these statements: I am the bread of life.
May 06, 2009 Filed in: Special Program
Listen, read, and comment 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.
Listen to John 1, verses 29-34:
John 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
John 1:30 This is the one I meant when I said, `A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.'
John 1:31 I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel."
John 1:32 Then John gave this testimony: "I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him.
John 1:33 I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, `The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.'
John 1:34 I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God."