Jesus, Forever Lord
by Richie Oswald, Alabama/USA, February 24, 2008
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
The Gospel of John was written to produce faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God. It was also written to reveal to people the eternal life that comes from knowing Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. John encourages us to have faith in Jesus Christ because Jesus is the Word and He is God. Jesus existed long before He was born a baby to the virgin Mary. Jesus continues to live in heaven seated at the right hand of the Father.
Let’s not take John’s word for it. Let’s look at the Bible and see the other witnesses who proclaim Jesus Christ as God.
I. The Witnesses
The Prophet Micah prophesied about Jesus Christ. “2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”, Micah 5:2.
The Prophet Isaiah also wrote about Jesus Christ. “6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.”, Isaiah 9:6,7.
The Prophet Zechariah also wrote about the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ, “10 Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the LORD. 11 And many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people: and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto thee.”, Zechariah 2:10,11.
Jesus Himself revealed who He is. “56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. 57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? 58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.”, John 8:56-58.
When Jesus was praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, before His arrest, He prayed, “4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. 5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. 6 I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word. ... 24 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.” John 17:4-6, 24.
While John was in exile on the Island of Patmos, the risen Christ came to Him. Listen to what Jesus told John, “13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.”, Revelation 22:13.
The apostles whom Jesus called spread the word about who Jesus is. The Apostle John wrote, “14 I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.”, 1John 2:14.
The Apostle wrote to the Church at Corinth, “9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.”, 2Corinthians 8:9.
The Apostle Paul wrote to the Church at Philippi, “5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”, Philippians 2:5-8.
The Apostle Paul wrote to the Church at Colosse, “16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”, Colossians 1:16,17.
Nature is a great witness of the deity of Jesus Christ. The Apostle John tells us in his Gospel, “3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” John 1:3.
The Apostle Paul says about Jesus Christ, “16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”, Colossians 1:16-17.
To the Church at Rome the Apostle Paul wrote, “20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:”, Romans 1:20.
These reliable witnesses all proclaim the deity of Jesus Christ. These witness all back up the writings of the Apostle John. Let’s look at what this testimony means.
II. The Facts
The first fact that is revealed is that Jesus Christ is God. The Apostle John tells us,”1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God.”, John 1:1-2. John tells us that Jesus was with God and that He is God. The Prophet Micah tells us that Jesus has been God forever. “2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”, Micah 5:2. So Jesus commands us to love and respect Him, “28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.”, John 20:28.
The next fact that is revealed about Jesus Christ is that He gives life. Jesus is the Creator of life. “16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:”, Colossians 1:16. Jesus holds all things together, “17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”, Colossians 1:17. So Jesus gives us life, physical and eternal, “24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.”, John 5:24.
That Jesus Christ is the Light is another fact revealed to us. We live in a world of darkness. The god of this world is working hard to suppress the Bible, the church, the Ten Commandments, and Jesus Christ. It is causing the unsaved to remain in ignorance. It is causing some weak and immature Christians to question what they believe in. In the Bible God reveals light to the world. God clears up the question of where everything came from. God tells us where we came from and where we are going, and what our purpose in life is in the meantime. Jesus Christ tells us to believe what God tells us in the Bible. “35 Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. 36 While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them.”, John 12:35-36. Jesus calls us to eternal life. “12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”, John 8:12.
Many people resist Jesus. Some even try to destroy Him by seeking to have “In God We Trust” taken off our currency. They try to destroy Him by trying to take His name out of Christmas or by coming up with pagan holidays that oppose Christmas. They try to destroy Him by trying to discredit and ban His Ten Commandments. Others try to avoid Jesus altogether because they don’t want to change their lifestyle.
For those who will answer Jesus’ call to salvation, Jesus gives hope and guidance. The Prophet Micah tells us, “4 And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth. 5 And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men.”, Micah 5:4-5.
The Apostle Matthew tells us that Jesus is perfectly capable of keeping His promises, “28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”, Matthew 11:28-30.
Jesus Christ is no mere man born in a stable to a young teenage girl in Bethlehem. Who grew up as a carpenter’s son and then began to preach after he was baptized. Jesus, the Bible tells us, is God and has always existed. “2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”, Micah 5:2.