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Passing Through Walls

Pre-existence of JesusThe pre-existence Jesus began his ministry with the proof of his deity. When Jesus said to Peter in Matthew 4.10, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written, 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only,'" he was making a statement claiming that he was pre-existent with God Almighty or in other words that he was the pre-existent God himself. This statement echoed Deuteronomy 6.13, "Fear the Lord your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name." We find the same response in Matthew 14.33 from those who experienced Jesus' control over the natural elements of storm, wind, waves, and rain. Those in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God."

Passing Through Walls

Jesus ResurrectedThe pre-existence of Jesus illustrates his uniqueness by being called "Son of God" which meant that this person was, in fact, the same as God, the same biological makeup of any son to any father. After the resurrection, Jesus again proves that he is, in fact, God by passing through walls and a locked door. The reaction from his disciples is never the less quite predictable. Suddenly Jesus meets them. "Greetings," he says in Matthew 28.9. They come to him, clasp his feet and worship him.

Honor the Son

Electrified JesusDuring his lifetime, Jesus hints sometimes in vague terms, sometimes specifically that he is God to the disciples. In John 17.24 he refers to his glory and being loved by the Father. "Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world." Jesus asks to be treated like God and honored in the same way in John 5.23. He says, "that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him." The writer in Hebrews 1.6 presses the same point that Jesus Christ, the firstborn, is equal in all ways to the Heavenly Father writing, "And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says, 'Let all God's angels worship him.'"

Lamb of God

Lamb of GodJesus, the Lamb of God, was equal to God and was worshipped by thousands of angels and every living creature in Heaven and on Earth. In the Gospel of John, we read about Jesus the Lamb of God. John 1.29 reported, "The next day John (the Baptist) saw Jesus coming toward him and said, 'Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!'" and we read also in John 1.35-36, "The next day John (the Baptist) was there again with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, 'Look, the Lamb of God!'" The term "lamb" and "Lamb of God" would immediately remind Jews of the Passover Lamb which was sacrificed in the Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Passover Feast. This sacrificial lamb took the sins of the people upon itself and therefore turned away the wrath of God. Saint Peter explained in 1 Peter 1.18-21, "For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him, you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God."

Elders Fell Down

AngelWhatever applies to the Lord God applies also to Jesus the Lamb of God. If the Lord God is worshipped and served by angels then logically so is Jesus. In Revelation 5.9b, we read that the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fall down before the Lamb. Each one has a harp and they are holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sing a new song, "You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation." Multitudes of angels worship Jesus here. "Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice, they sing, "Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!" Then I heard every creature in Heaven and on Earth and under the Earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing in Revelation 5.13, "To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, forever and ever!" Every creature in Heaven and on Earth, under the earth, and in the sea is summoned to exalt Jesus the Lamb of God.✞

Jesus Co-Creator

CreationIs Jesus co-creator as the Scriptures claims? If so, he is exalted above all other humans, angels and divine beings. In the opening of John's Gospel, the scripture acknowledges Jesus Christ as the Co-Creator God. At the beginning of time, he is with the Holy Spirit and the Father. Jesus is called "the Word." in John 1.1-3 clearly stating, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him, nothing was made that has been made." Here we see Jesus as the Co-Creator and the Word. Saint Paul in Colossians 16.15-17 reinforces what Saint John is writing, "The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him, all things hold together."

Jesus Christ is Lord

NazarethJesus tells the people who he is but his age and origins are questioned by the ordinary people from his home town of Nazareth. They say, "You are not yet fifty years old, and you have seen Abraham!" Jesus responds in John 8.57-58, "before Abraham was born, I am!" This phrase, Jesus the Co-Creator God, sounds innocent enough until one realizes that to the Jews it was the worst kind of blasphemy for Jesus, who was in their eyes an ordinary human being, to call himself God at all.

"Pre-existence of Jesus"
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by Ron Meacock

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