Sermon for February 25th, 2018
The Christ has been as long as God has been. In fact, Jesus was the Genesis Word. How did God create the universe? With words. “Let there be.” And there was. John is saying that the voice saying “Let there be” was the voice of Jesus speaking. Paul would later say that Jesus was the first born over all creation. Peter would agree, saying God chose him for this purpose long before the world began.
With all these writers agreeing that Jesus’ first blush with earth was not in Bethlehem, we wonder, did we see him already in the Old Testament? Was that Jesus wrestling with Jacob in the mud of Jabbok? Was that Jesus when Joshua was near Jericho and he fell on his face and worshiped the one who called himself the Commander of the Army of the Lord? Was that Jesus when Abraham gave offerings to a peculiar mysterious priest named Melchizedek? And that fourth figure in the fiery furnace with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, was that Jesus? Jesus was with Abraham, Jesus was with Jacob, Jesus was with Joshua, Jesus was with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and now ‘Jesus with us.’
Listen to the message today and be challenged by God’s Word.