Have you ever received an unexpected gift?
I have. And most likely, you also had a similar experience.
The Jewish people were expecting a Messiah that would set them free from Roman rulership. But what they got was a baby, wrapped on swaddling clothes with a feeding trough as his crib.
But little did they know that this small baby was the Mighty God that Isaiah 9:6 was referring to.
The gospel of John parallels the thought Isaiah had in chapter 9. John chapter 1 declares that in the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God and the Word was God.
Here are a few truths we can draw from John’s declaration.
1. JESUS IS GOD.
Jesus was both with God and God Himself according to John.
Even Paul declares in Philippians,
“Though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:6-8)
People don’t like this truth because if they embrace this truth, then that would mean allegiance and submission to Him.
Now, because Jesus is God, He is worthy of all our worship. Paul says to the church in Rome that we are to offer our bodies as living sacrifice which is our spiritual act of worship (Romans 12:1). This being said, everything now becomes worship – work, studies, recreation, conversation, plus a whole lot mre.
2. JESUS IS GOD OF CREATION.
John 1:3 says, “All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.”
Jesus was the source of creation. All things were made through Him – the planets, living things and non living things.
Colossians 1:15 says that Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created through him and for him.
Now, because Jesus is God of creation, He has all authority and power.
He doesn’t only have legitimate rulership, but supernatural power to do all that He says He would.
3. JESUS IS GOD MADE FLESH.
John 1:14 tells us that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.
This is the powerful truth about God become like one of us – the incarnation of Christ.
Jesus became one of us so that he can become one with us.
And because He is God made flesh, we have access to His grace.
As we approach Christmas, may we remember not only the Christ child but He who redeemed us has always been and will always be in full control, not only of the universe but of our lives as well.