How Jesus Changes Everything

Through the Gospels, Jesus introduces us to something more primal and profound about God than anything formerly revealed. With the incarnation of Jesus Christ and in His life and ministry, man was introduced to God in a way never previously communicated to man (John 1:1-5). In the beginning was the Father, His spirit and His word who is Jesus Christ. This new revelation does not destroy what is recorded of God in the Old Testament, but instead recasts God in ever increasingly beauteous and humbling depths.

“When Christ brought salvation, the apostles had to decide whether the life of Jesus Christ was one more event in the series of God’s actions or whether, in meeting the Son of God, they had come into contact with something that was absolutely primal about God himself.

Ultimately, they knew that the best way to acknowledge Jesus as the eternal Son of God was to go back further than the foundation of the world and confess that he had been there previous even to that. That backward step behind the foundation of the world is a step into the eternal nature of God. So the Old Testament starts with the foundation of the world: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). But the story of Jesus starts before that, because the Son of God was already present by the time of the beginning: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). As a result, we are speaking from solid New Testament ground when we say that God was the Trinity from all eternity, or that God is Father, Son, and Spirit without reference to the creation of the world.”

Sanders, Fred (2010-08-31). The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything (p. 64). Good News Publishers/Crossway Books. Kindle Edition.

Colossians 1:15-20 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.      

Jesus introduced us to His father through example and dialogue. Fittingly, the gospels record the lifelong conversation that Jesus shared with His father, of which we are allowed to overhear (John 11:41-42). And more than that, we are invited to participate in that conversation (John 15:7; 14:13). Jesus lived in communion with the Father and revealed the joy and potency of that communion to such a glorious degree that Jesus’ disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray; so that they too could have that same fellowship and communion with God, the Father (Luke 11:1). We see this at Jesus’ baptism and during other events like the raising of Lazarus (John 11:41-42) and the dialogue continues through Jesus’ life right to the cross when Jesus cries out (Mark 15:34).

Matthew 3:16-17 And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

Jesus claimed to be the son of God, making himself equal with God, which is the reason the Jews sought to kill him (John 5:18). As the incarnate Son he introduced to us a very different kind of God than the Jews had known.

Jesus reveals two members of the God head as eternal Father and eternal Son.  This relationship is essential to our understanding of God’s character and relationship to creation. And when the Father says he is well pleased with His Son, it is before Jesus had begun His earthly ministry. The Father is pleased with His Son for who His Son is, in Himself. This adoration is at the heart of who our God is.  This is the kind of love and acceptance we long for, in our heart of hearts. To be loved for who we are without attempting to manipulate or earn it. This love is demonstrated and made available in the Father, through the Son. Man has a fuller understanding of God’s character, having heard the loving, trusting, confident, regular communication between Jesus and God the Father. This is an element of intimacy and familiarity with God that did not exist in the Old Testament record, which Jesus reveals and makes available to us.

I am not saying that Jesus is God’s son, the way you are related to your father. God is a relational God. Do not think of God within the paradigm of human sexuality, but think instead of human intimacy. The name “father” refers to God’s covenantal relationship of Yahweh to Israel (Ex. 4:22-23; Hosea 11:1) and does not point to physical begetting but rather to commitment, concern and faithfulness. Avoid thinking in terms of human reproduction but instead in covenantal and legal terms. Jesus is the heir and image of His father. Jesus revealed in startling ways a source of assurance and rejoicing amongst those who receive Jesus’s message. We are God’s children who address him with our concerns and cares with the kind of intimacy and faith a child takes to his earthly father, except in God we are guaranteed faithfulness by God’s own shed blood.

Imagine studying an historical figure. You read accounts of their life written by family or friends, articles about them from newspapers written during their life if available and research the context in which they lived. But nothing is going to reveal as much about them as a diary they kept, written in their own hand, spanning their life, especially if they never intended for anyone to read it. It would be a trustworthy account that would paint a thorough picture of that character. Jesus is God’s diary, written in His own hand; a self-portrait in prose that reveals the deepest aspects of God’s thought and emotions that we can comprehend.

God himself had to come and show us how to live a sinless life, how to properly interpret scripture, serve the unbeliever, love the brethren, submit to and communicate with God. God had to come and demonstrate to us the true nature of life and our relationship with our maker.  The incarnation of Jesus instructs mankind in the true purpose, potential, and joy of life.

John 17:20-26 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”   

We have a Father who longs to hear our petitions and concerns. Jesus has shown us, through His life, how intimate a union we have been given with God the Father, through the Son. Our eternal Father has a ready ear to hear and a steady arm to fulfill our prayers. No concern is too small, no fear to big and no sin to nasty to keep from Him. God is ready and is available any hour you are in need. “Our Father, Who art in heaven…” What could provide more comfort and confidence? Christ came and took away every threat of being forsaken and every reason for separation from our Eternal Father. Jesus has removed every impediment from you seeking the Father. So pray. Repent. Speak and know that God will hear you.

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