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Things Were Created

Adult BaptismThe Gospel writers brought different truths concerning Jesus Christological moment to their readers. The Christological moment was regarded as the precise time that Jesus' ministry began. Mark the Evangelist who was a young disciple of Jesus understands "Jesus Christological moment" to have taken place at his baptism. Mark went on to found the church of Alexandria but wrote in Mark 1.4-11, "In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, 'You are my Son, the Beloved, with you I am well pleased.'" In Mark's view, Jesus ministry began at this point in his life.✞

Matthew's Baptism Emphasis

babyIn a similar way, the Apostle Matthew in Matthew 3.13-17 agreed that Jesus Christological moment was at his baptism, "And a voice from heaven said, 'This is my Son, the Beloved,[or my beloved Son] with whom I am well pleased.'" The phrase "my Son, the Beloved" may be translated as "my beloved Son." These words were thought by Matthew to be the commissioning point of Jesus to his special ministry. In contrast, the Apostle Luke believed Jesus Christological moment to be at the very conception of the baby Jesus and the announcement by the angel to Mary prior to Jesus' birth. Saint Luke writes in Luke 1.26-28, "In the sixth month of Elizabeth's pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, 'Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.'" We read on in Matthew 1.29-33, "Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, 'Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end." Many think that Luke interpreted these words from the angel to mean that Jesus ministry would begin at his conception or even at his birth.✞

John's Creation Theory

Planet in orbitOn the other hand, John the Evangelist believed the beginning of Jesus ministry to have been in the life of the pre-existent godhead at the beginning of all creation. John wrote in John 1.1-14, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The word became flesh and made his dwelling among us." Jesus' moment as "the Word" was witness to the fact that his eternal deity began before the Creation, was punctuated at Jesus Conception and launched into ministry at Jesus Baptism.✞

Image of the Invisible God

Jesus Radiance of God's Glory The Apostle Paul seemed to believe that Jesus came to us in a baby's body as God himself.In Colossians 1.15 he wrote, "He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created, things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities, all things were created by him and for him."

The Fullness of the Godhead

Jesus radiantJesus was no less than fully God. He was showing us in himself all of God that we were able to take. God's fullness or deity revealed at the moment Jesus became the Christ was in many ways beyond our comprehension but what we were able to understand God revealed to us in Jesus. Jesus bore the fullness of the godhead bodily within himself as one of the three members of the Trinity. The writer of Hebrews 1.3 explained, "The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word." What a wonderful Savior Jesus is!✞

"Jesus Christological Moment"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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