For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
In the beginning God, Gen 1:1
God is the foundation of all things. All things started from Him. Even men. God made man to dominate all things but He will dominate man. However, he strayed into perishing. Man died. The death was an impassible separation between the creature and the Creator. The devil took the place of God in His heart. The things that were hitherto made external to man became the force in his heart- an idol. His gaze shifted from inside to outside where he hopes to find life, a new life outside God, a nature other than God.
But God full of love and enduring mercy still wants all men to be with Him. His own commitment to man didn’t change nevertheless. The plan hasn’t changed. God doesn’t change. He is faithful. The eternal love was still there. That eternal love that made Him create man in His own image after His likeness. The love that comes purely from Him. For in the beginning, God. He solely existed in the beginning. No man made Him to love. He loved and then made man. God is love. That love burned through generations of men who by faith caught a glimpse of God’s Love. And they as prophets, psalmists, kings, judges and leaders wrote about it in a shadow. They saw that the real image will be revealed in full later. A divine plan was in the offing. God will save us. He will do everything possible to accomplish that. He will not leave us to ourselves. God will make us realise His presence which no man can run away from. His zeal will accomplish it. God Almighty, who is everywhere. He sits in the peaks of the highest mountains, stretches to the deepest parts of the sea, heaven can’t contain Him, even heavens of the heavens. Heaven is His throne, Earth is merely His footstool. Invisible and not far away from any man yet highly exalted far above all. He eagerly wants to reconcile all men. How?
No man can do this work. What man can save another man? Which blind man can save another blind man. No man below can bring another in his state up. Someone infinitely powerful will have to save the man from the cold hands of sin and death to which he is helpless and unaware. That help will have to be from above. From the Invincible One who would see all the events deeper and farther than ordinary. He would know the solution from His standpoint and move swiftly and precisely to execute the eternal plan. And since God is the only One above all, He will be the One to come down. But God is Spirit. He is invisible. He will have to identify with the feelings of our infirmity. At the same time the man that will be saved has to ‘see’ Him who saves. He must identify with another flesh which is like him, but eternally greater than him. After being delivered, this Redeemer will open his eyes and lead him out of the dark dungeon he inhabited, satisfied.
Unto us a Son is given, and His name shall be called, among other names, the mighty God, everlasting Father… God became the only begotten Son (there could be only one as there is only one God, the living God) and born to us as a child through the womb of a virgin. Clearly, the Son is greater than the womb through which He came. The treasure was far more important and exceedingly invaluable than the vessel, as the treasure was not made or formed by the vessel. The vessel only carried the heaven-made Treasure. She wasn’t conceived of a man but of the Holy Ghost- the Spirit of God. Neither was the treasure made for the vessel because no treasure is made for its container but the container for the treasure. It is to an end. A divine purpose. Therefore the Son is not to be confused to the blessed virgin Mary. Jesus Christ is God appearing to us in flesh that we can see and relate with. As John writes In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the Word was God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. In Him was Life and the Life was the light of men.
He came to the lowest part of that abyss or dungeon of darkness by dying a shameful yet innocent death on the cross. He then lightens all men to see their state, walking them out of that darkness into God’s marvellous light. God gives Life-everlasting thru the hands of Jesus Christ in place of death which pervaded. Those hands bear the marks of His death and ressurection. A sign that He has fought and won the battle of our lives. He delivered us from the power of sin and death, nailing all rituals that exempted us to the cross. Spoiling and triumphing over principalities and powers. He would thereafter quicken us with His life. A new life
God saves and calls us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before the world started. But now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ who abolished death and brought life and immortality to our awareness through the Gospel that we may no longer perish but have everlasting, immortal life. Therefore as offsprings of the living God, the source of that new life, we can have fellowship with Him through His Spirit who is the seal of our redemption. We can freely come into His throne of Grace boldly by the eternal doorway- Jesus Christ- who is the gospel Himself and the truth preachers, teachers and apostles have been given to spread to all men. Jesus Christ, whom we preach that all men may come thru this living way to God and worship Him. This time, not on a mountain, by a river, in a temple, but in our renewed hearts, quickened by this eternal Life.
This piece is to draw our hearts to God who ‘left’ His Infinite glory to come to us. Jesus was born, grew up, did signs and wonders not to eventually become a god or God. He was God before He came down and remains God after. God came down to us. Emmanuel. ‘I am in my Father and my Father is in me’, He says, ‘and we are one’. And He earnestly wants us to be united with Him also. His love still burns for you and me ever more openly. Now, this may produce some emotional appeal to this loving, great and living God, but more importantly its a spiritual call and demands a spiritual response starting from our hearts then our lips. So that whosoever will believe and concede to Him his heart will have this Life wherever he goes. And whether in the congregation of saints, at work or on his bed, he can say with his mouth, Blessed be God, the Father of MY Lord Jesus Christ!