Jesus' Existence Before He Came to Earth
 
TEXT: JOHN 1:1 -4; 14-18
 
INTRO: Many people know something about Jesus. This might result from early S. S. teaching
or perhaps the yearly celebrations observable by most. Jesus Christ are two words used here
often as they should be in our Christian homes. Unfortunately these two words are also used
when parents are feuding or when people are angry with another.
I’m convinced that some of us know a lot and some of us know a little about Jesus, but
nobody knows it all.
 
I wish to use three weeks to talk about the Jesus story, beginning today.
 
I) THE JESUS STORY IS ABOUT A PERSON WITHOUT A BEGINNING AND END!
 
A) Regular Human History Is Summed Up On A Headstone: Born- Died- Dates
 
1) “Man that is born of woman is of few days an full of trouble”-Job
 
2) “Our life if but a vapor that appears for a little while then vanishes away”-James
 
B) Jesus Is Truly From Everlasting To Everlasting
 
1) We mean that His life did not begin in Bethlehem and end in Jerusalem!
 
2) His is not a “womb to tomb” existence. He always was!!!
 
C) But Where And How Did He Exist? What Form Did He Have?
 
1) Philippians 2:5-7
 
2) He had God’s form. God is a spirit(John 4:24)
 
(a) Spirit is one without an outward form or body
 
(b) The word spirit is the same as breath or wind. It is there but without a visible form.
 
3) He shared equality with God cf John 5:18
 
(a) Remember God is God is God
 
(b) The Jesus we know is God period!
 
II) BECOMING MORE FAMILIAR WITH THE FIRST STAGE OF STUDY
 
A) John 1:1 -4; 14-18
 
1) We’ll read verse 1, 14, 18 for clarification
 
2) Jesus represented God, so the “word” is used:
 
(a) Could refer to spoken word with emphasis on meaning conveyed
 
(b) Told of creative power- Psalm 33:6-“by the word the universe was made.”
 
(c) Hebrews thought of Logos God’s divine personality
 
(d) Greek, it was a formula for the rational mind that ruled the universe
 
(e) John is asserting that “the word” is the source of all that is visible and came before the totality of the material world.
 
(f) John was trying to bring out the full significance of the incarnation to Gentiles.
 
3) When the beginning was the Jesus was already there!!! “The Word”
 
4) He was with God (now we know where Jesus was)
 
5) He was God!!! (now we know who Jesus is)
 
6) ILLUST: Pillowed Up
 
7) He Created All things
 
(a) Genesis 1:1 - God is plural
 
(b) Genesis 1:26- God said, “Let us make man in our image…” =plural
 
(c) The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit were there.
 
8) He had LIFE and was the Light of men
 
9) He became flesh -1:14 – hence “Immanuel”- God with us- Matt. 1:23
 
10)He possessed visible glory-14
 
11)He was full of grace and truth-14
 
12)John the younger, declared Jesus of “higher rank” and “he existed before me.”-Jn 1:30
 
13)He possessed all the fullness of God cf Col.2:9
 
14)We know about God because Jesus explains Him.- 18
 
B) John 17:1 -5
 
1) Jesus is the center of all things
 
(a) Every other person’s life began at birth; not so with Jesus
 
(b) See time line and eternity
 
2) He is even the center of the universe!
 
(a) Man used to think the earth was the center of the universe- Geocentric
 
(b) Then man began to believe that the sun was the center- Heliocentric
 
(c) We should believe that we live in a Christocentric universe
 

ILLUSTRATIONS USED IN THIS LESSON

 
PILLOWED UP. In ancient times, when a host dignitary entertained and fed others of equal rank he made sure they spoke “eye to eye” with fellow equals. This was accomplished by “pillowing up”shorter people.
 
Jesus saw God the Father, “eye to eye,” without pillows! They were equal!
 

JESUS IS THE CENTRE OF OUR UNIVERSE

 
(a) Man used to think the earth was the center of the universe- Geocentric
(b) Then man began to believe that the sun was the center- Heliocentric
(c) Scientists now believe there may be 12 quadrillion solar systems
(d) (Quadrillion= 1,000,000,000,000,000)
(e) We should believe that we live in a Christocentric universe
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