Who is this one who…?

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. – John 1:1-5, 9-14

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Growth on the Cliffs on Holy Ghost Island | La Paz, Mexico | August 2019

Perhaps you heard of the man who was one of many stranded passengers at the airport gate counter. He pushed his way to the front of the line and demanded attention. “Don’t you know who I am?!?” he demanded. Without missing a beat the gate agent got onto the PA and announced: “There is a man here who doesn’t know who he is. If anyone can identify him, please come to the counter. Your help will be greatly appreciated.” I would love to see that in real life!

Imagine God saying to Jesus: “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me. “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?” (Job 38:1-3)

This would never happen: for two reasons. First of all, Jesus never needed to be taken down a notch. He was faithful, humble, completely submissive to his heavenly Father’s will, and perfectly obedient to God’s law and commandments. And when he was subjected to the most cruel and unjust treatment he did not cry out in despair. He would pray to be sure. He would cry out, “My God, my God…” But he did not give up his faith. He was perfectly and faithfully obedient unto death. 

The other reason? Jesus was there. The Word, which took on human flesh in the form of Jesus was there. All things were made through him. Apart from him nothing was made that has been made. He was with God in the beginning. He was God. He knew who he was, who he had been and who he would be for all eternity. God – for a little while disguised in human flesh – but God nonetheless.

When he stilled the storm his disciples marveled: “Who is this that even the wind and waves obey him?” (Matthew 8:24-27) When he raised Lazarus from the dead he was showing his complete reign and last word over death (John 11:40-43). When he forgave the paralyzed man, he was showing the authority he had over all things (Mark 2:10-11). When he gave the Great Commission he was exercising the “all authority” that had been given to him in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18).

When we worship Jesus we are worshiping the True God and giver of eternal life (1 John 5:20. He is worthy of all glory and praise now and forever.

 

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