Summary: Jesus and His relationship with the world
In the Beginning God was JN 1:1-4
Mark 1:1 “Here begins the Good News about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God.”
As we want to start messages on the Gospels we have to start with the Gospel of John because of what it says in the beginning of the book. I want to take the time to go through the Gospels in a chronological order so we can know Christ better so as this will take time it might be a year or two before we get done. As I have studied the book of John I found that the reason it was written is because of the Gnostic belief that denied the deity and the humanity of Christ. He could not be both God and man is what they were saying. The key verse for this book is: JN 20:30-31 Jesus’ disciples saw him do many other miraculous signs besides the ones recorded in this book. But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life. Jesus is described as the Word. He was in the beginning because He was God. There is no other person or thing that this is said about. He was here before history began.
A. He pre-existed with God. Just as it says in Gen. 1:1 so in JN 1:1 there is no attempt to prove the existence of God. It is key here to know that He was with God. One religion says that He became God. Col. 1:18 He is the head of the body, who is the beginning.”
B. His position with God. He was not in God, but with God, as person with person, eternally. He is one with God and has the very being and mind of God and so is the very representation and function and spirit and authority of God. He is in likeness of eternity, personality and deity of God.
He has four relationships given to us:
1. To the world he is the Creator. Not anything that was made was made without Him. This is better than any guarantee that we will ever have for any thing we have. We have the green people who want to save the world and have put restrictions in place to have save trees, whales, recycle products, reduce pollution so that the world will not be ruined by man kind. I am hear to tell you that God is in charge and when He decides that all things must end He will cause it to happen. Until then I want you to rest that you will have what you need for living. If you run out of what is necessary for life then He is ready to take you home to heaven where there is no lack. PS 33:6 By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. PS 33:9 For he spoke, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast. COL 1:15-17 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. HB 1:2 Has in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he has appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds. We may as creatures think we have made some things with our power but we can claim nothing.
God and the Spider: During World War II, a US marine was separated from his unit on a Pacific island. The fighting had been intense, and in the smoke and the crossfire, he had lost touch with his comrades. Alone in the jungle, he could hear enemy soldiers coming in his direction. Scrambling for cover, he found his way up a high ridge to several small caves in the rock. Quickly he crawled inside one of the caves. Although safe for the moment, he realized that once the enemy soldiers looking for him swept up the ridge, they would quickly search all the caves and he would be killed. As he waited, he prayed, "Lord, if it be your will, please protect me. Whatever your will though, I love you and trust you. Amen." After praying, he lay quietly listening to the enemy begin to draw close. He thought, "Well, I guess the Lord isn’t going to help me out of this one." Then he saw a spider begin to build a web over the front of his cave. As he watched, listening to the enemy searching for him all the while, the spider layered strand after strand of web across the opening of the cave. "Hah, he thought. “What I need is a brick wall and what the Lord has sent me is a spider web. God does have a sense of humor." As the enemy drew closer, he watched from the darkness of his hideout and could see them searching one cave after another. As they came to his, he got ready to make his last stand. To his amazement, however, after glancing in the direction of his cave, they moved on. Suddenly, he realized that with the spider web over the entrance, his cave looked as if no one had entered for quite a while. "Lord, forgive me," prayed the young man. "I had forgotten that in you a spider’s web is stronger than a brick wall." We all face times of great trouble. When we do, it is so easy to forget what God can work in our lives, sometimes in the most surprising ways. And remember with God, a mere spider’s web becomes a brick wall of protection.