Summary: First in series looks at Christ in eternity past. 7 Attributes Jesus possessed long before coming to the Earth, and He still has these qualities today and forever! Link included to free formatted text, handout, and PowerPoint Presentation.
Jesus: Before There Was Time
The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
God wants our church to focus more on Jesus…I know this to be a fact! Christ is the One we should lift up in all we preach. No matter the topic, we should look at how it relates to Christ. What did Jesus say about it. What would Jesus do. A Christ filled life is a self emptied life, and it’s the best life you ever live! Whatever master a man chooses will master that man. You cannot serve two masters, but you do have to serve one!
You can’t just tip your hat to Jesus, you must bow the knee to Him! If Christ is worth anything, He’s worth everything. Everybody needs a hero, and Jesus is mine! And I say to all other religions today, "It doesn’t matter what you are right about if you are wrong about Jesus."
Gospel means “good news”, and Jesus is the good news! The gospels aren’t of four guys, they are the gospel of Jesus!
Our text today indicates it’s all about Him. But Matthew begins with Jesus in human form. Today we need to see Jesus from the very beginning, tho’ there was no beginning for Him!
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
But Jesus laid aside His glory, not His deity, but the glorious form and the privileges of deity, to become the God-man for us.
1. THE GLORY
But John said he beheld His glory?…well, that was at the transfiguration. And Jesus Himself said He laid aside His glory:
And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
Here at the beginning, before time existed, we find Jesus, and the word that comes to mind is glory. It’s the answer to any questions we may have. Who is Jesus? He is Glory. Where was He? In Glory! What was He like? Glorious! What does glory look like? We would die if we saw it unprotected. Yet, God gives us a glimpse, a portrait…let’s look at it:
2 Cor. 4:6
For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person…
He shares His glory w/ the Father, and with someone else…
And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
2. THE LOVE
Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.
Love existed before time as well, and God is love, and John 3:16 shows how God loves us, tho’ we are sinners…He sent His glory our way!
Love is eternal, it has always been, and always will be. It wasn’t invented by humans!
3. THE GRACE
2 Tim. 1:9
Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
Jesus has always been the embodiment of grace. Grace has always existed. All who are saved are saved by it. We can be proud of the name of our church, for it’s by God’s grace we can be a part of it!
4. THE WISDOM
Only God could conceive of this wonderful plan to share His glory thru love and grace.
1 Cor. 2:7
But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
Proverbs is the book of wisdom, and makes it clear that our glorious, loving, graceful Savior is forever the embodiment of wisdom!
The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.
The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.
5. THE PROMISE
In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
Jesus is the promised One, and He keeps His promises! And as surely as God kept His promise about Jesus’ coming to earth, He will keep His promise about His second coming and the end of the world. As surely as His promises about heaven are true are His promises about the place hell. And He has promised to save you if you will let Him!