At church yesterday Pastor Terry Fischer preached on In His Presence. A good word. For some reason the last scripture reference caused me to tune out for a bit (sorry, Pastor) and caused me to jot some notes.
It's always about a beginning. Everything has one. God was our beginning. Our lives are because of His beginning. It all started with God...who created. We were born to meet God. That was the Old Testament. There was a beginning but there also was a temporary end. God stopped speaking through the prophets.
Then we see a new beginning in the New Testament.
John 1:1 - In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
This new beginning would lead to a new birth, new life, even new death in the form of one Man, Jesus Christ. His birth was the promise of a new eternal life. God made flesh. A holy God come down from heaven to live among sinful men. The same God who created all things now would come to redeem fallen man...if they would believe and receive Him. God was not dead, just remaining silent for awhile. Perhaps it was to set the stage for those rebellious people, bent on turning away from Him. In the New Testament His plan was resuming.
I think about the Old Testament and how God could only reveal Himself through certain people. Through their voices, their writings...because at one point in Old Testament history they opted not to hear God's voice because it was too frightening. (And I think back to Adam and Eve who walked with Him and communed with Him.) How things changed.
Now He came to reveal Himself again, to spread the good news, the Gospel, of what He could do, what He has always wanted. He came in the flesh to personally speak to the people. He came to prove He was God that man's eyes, ears and hearts would be open to receive Him. We are born to this world to meet God. We are reborn in the Spirit when we meet Jesus.
He was the beginning in creation, the beginning as the Word. He will be the very last also at His return.
What an amazing history that continues day by day...that the story of this one Man would still continue, will never be forgotten, will never die and will continue to bring new life to any who will submit to calling Him their Lord and Savior. Praise His name.
This is why I write. His Gospel is good news. Oh He has His words of judgment. That is to humble us, to see how fallen we truly are and to show just what He can do. He is good news to those will allow His words to pierce ears, eyes and heart. He who was in the beginning. The beginning and the eventual end. The same yesterday, today and forever. Fullness of joy in those who receive.
Oh, the testimonies of those who follow You. Let those words sink deep into hearts, minds, souls of those perishing for lack of knowledge. Amen! Thank You for staying true to Your Word and the years of testimony.
1John 1:1-4 - That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life— the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us— that which we have seen and heard we
declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our
fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.