Summary: The story of Jesus does not begin with His earthly life, but with His eternal life. To really understand and appreciate Jesus we must know the whole story.
2. John says that the Word was with God, in the beginning, and the Word was God.
3. Who is the Word?
4. In verse 14, John identifies the Word, saying, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (1:14-15)
5. And so we discover that the Word is Jesus.
6. So as John began his gospel he begins by telling us that “In the beginning was Jesus, and Jesus was with God, and Jesus was God.”
7. Therefore, Jesus’ existence didn’t begin at his earthly birth, but was from the beginning.
B. But in addition to just being there in the beginning, Jesus was an agent of creation.
1. John declared that “Through him all things were made, without him nothing was made that has been made.” (John 1:3)
2. Paul said the same thing about Jesus in Colossians 1, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (Col. 1:15-17)
a. Did you catch all that? “For by him all things were created…He is before all things.”
b. Both things point to Jesus’ eternal nature.
3. The writer of Hebrews began his letter with these words, “In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.” (Heb. 1:1-2)
4. So from those verses, we discover that Jesus’ pre-existence precedes the creation of all things.
C. Not only do these New Testament passages speak of Jesus’ role in creation, there is evidence in the Old Testament as well.
1. Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
2. The Hebrew word for “God” that appears here is the word “Elohim.”
3. It is a plural noun meaning “Mighty Ones,” a family of Mighty Ones, acting as one.
4. God has chosen to express His personal nature in terms of a family relationship of equal personalities equaling the one God.
5. That’s why in Genesis 1:26 we read, “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image. In our likeness…’”
6. In Genesis 3:22 after the fall of man we read, “And the Lord God said, ‘The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil.’”
7. And in Genesis 11, we see that after the flood the people were all staying in one place and pride was becoming a problem, so God said, “Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.” (Gen. 11:7)
8. So we see all these instances when God is describing himself in the plural.
9. The Father and The Son and the Holy Spirit were there in the beginning making man in their likeness, and disciplining humankind when they needed it.
D. Jesus made numerous other statements during His ministry that pointed to his pre-existence.