The First Coming

Before the world was created, Jesus already existed (4).  He was with God, and he was the same as God. Jesus has always been with God.  God made all things through Jesus.  Nothing, nothing in all creation, was made without him.

Some people, who don’t want to know God, favor other notions of how life began.  But consider the intricate & amazing beauty of creation.  This life didn’t happen by chance; we didn’t just get lucky.  Jesus is the source of all life, and his life brings light to all people.  His light still shines into any darkness, and no darkness has ever put it out.

About 2,000 years ago, God sent a messenger, a man named John the Baptizer, who came to tell people about the light — so that people would hear about Jesus and believe in him.  John the Baptizer was not the light; he came to tell about the real light that Jesus was bringing into the world for all people.

Then, at about the same time, Jesus himself came into the world.

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But even though God made the world through Jesus, people in the world didn’t recognize him.  When Jesus came back as an adult to the place where he had grown up, even the people there didn’t recognize him.

However, other people recognized Jesus and believed in him.  Jesus gave those people the right to become God’s children.  This didn’t happen by any sort of physical birth, involving a human father.  Instead, these people experienced a completely new spiritual birth, whereby God himself became their father; these people were “born again.”

So Jesus came from God & became a human being & lived in the world for about 30 years.  As we get to know him, we realize that Jesus is perfect truth: from him, we learn how to live right all the time.

Sometimes we run from this notion that there is a right way to live, because we all know that we don’t live right all the time.  That’s why it’s so liberating to realize that Jesus is also perfect grace: from him, we get the power to live right all the time.  We don’t have to do it on our own, as seductive as that sometimes seems.

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The close friend, who has left us a record of his relationship with Jesus, was John the Witness (5). He actually saw the glory which Jesus received as God’s only son.

And John the Baptizer cried out, when speaking about Jesus, “This is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘He seems younger than I am, but he’s greater than I am, because he existed before I was born!'”

Jesus wants to bless all people with his grace, giving us one blessing after another.  God gave his law through Moses, but truth & grace come through Jesus Christ.  No one has ever seen God the Father. But Jesus, who is one with his father, makes God known to us.

 

(4) John 1:1-18

(5) A Witness (or an Apostle) is one of the original & closest followers of Jesus, who were sent into the world to tell people about Jesus.