Summary: As Jesus is the center of our faith, the foundation upon which our lives are built it is important to know who He is and in this series of studies I aim to look at this extra ordinary man, Jesus.
Today we will begin our study looking at Jesus called 'Extra Ordinary Jesus'. I have spelt and pronounced 'extraordinary' like that because I want to emphasize as fully as possible that Jesus is far, far, far beyond ordinary and usual to man.
And I want us to focus fully on Jesus because, well, because He is central to the Bible, He is central to Christianity, He is or should be central in the lives of Christians, and, when people ask about Christianity or we share our faith Jesus must be central in that conversation.
So, we will look at Jesus and we will begin at the beginning.
Now, every man can trace his origins; can trace back to where he came from, to where his life began- his birth, his parents. Every one of us has a birthday, we all have a day when we entered into this world, and we can go back a bit further, 9 months further to the time when the magic happened, the egg was fertilized and growth began.
That's as far as I go back, that's how far as you go back. That's as far as anyone can go back - and no further.
But for Jesus it's different! Jesus is extra ordinary! Jesus pre-existed His birth! What I mean is that He existed before Mary! He existed before even the world was created!
Our main verse today is John 1:1 'In the beginning...' and what book does that echo? Genesis 1:1 'In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth' Yea, so John 1:1 'In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. (2) He was in the beginning with God. (3) All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.'
Here john is introducing us to the subject of his book, Jesus, who he says was in the beginning with God. He existed with God, He was God and through Him all things were made!
Can you see the connection with Jesus and creation? 'God said let there be light'; 'God said...; God said ...; God said...' and here Jesus is referred to 'the Word... the Word... the Word...and the Word became flesh and dwelt amongst us'
So Jesus existed before His conception and birth and is seen, He appears throughout history. He shows up many times in the Old Testament, not as a Spirit but in actual human form!
When Abraham was about to sacrifice Isaac it was Jesus who came and stopped Him, and it was Jesus who provided the ram to be sacrificed instead!
It was Jesus who appeared to Samson's mother and father and told them to expect a child; that he was to be raised as a Nazarite and that he would save Israel from the Philistines!
It was Jesus, the commander of the army of the Lord, whom Joshua met on the way to Jericho, who gave him the city and its king and told him the battle plan to defeat the city!
It was Jesus who wrestled with Jacob, it was Jesus who walked with Abraham, it was Jesus who appeared to Moses, it was Jesus who was seen in the fiery furnace with Daniel's 3 friends.
Remember what king Nebuchadnezzar said just after he threw Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego into the furnace? 'Did we not throw 3 men into the fire? But I see 4 m3n unbound, walking in the midst of the fire, unhurt, and the appearance of the 4th man is like that of the Son of God'