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When Things Were Created

Adult BaptismThe Gospel writers bring different truths concerning Jesus Christological moment to their readers. The Christological moment is 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.✞

Matthew emphasizes Jesus Baptism

babyIn a similar way, the Apostle Matthew in Matthew 3.13-17 agrees 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.'" These words are thought by Matthew to be the commissioning of Jesus to his special ministry. In contrast, the Apostle Luke believes 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."

John at The Creation

Planet in orbitOn the other hand, John the Evangelist believes the beginning of Jesus ministry to have been in the life of the pre-existent godhead at the beginning of all creation. John writes 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" is witness to the fact that his eternal deity began before the Creation, was punctuated at Jesus Conception and launched into ministry at Jesus Baptism.✞

The Image of the Invisible God

Jesus Radiance of God's GloryJesus comes to us in a baby's body as the perfect likeness of God. The Apostle Paul seems to believe this in Colossians 1.15, "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 is no less than fully God. He is showing us in himself all of God that we can take. God's fullness or deity revealed at the moment Jesus became the Christ is in many ways beyond our comprehension but what we are able to understand God reveals to us in Jesus. Jesus bears the fullness of the godhead in the three members of the Trinity bodily within himself. The writer of Hebrews 1.3 explains, "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 Christological Moment"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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