A Savior From Outside of Time
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“And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the
—Jesus after His resurrection. (Matthew 28.20 NLT.)
Is Jesus a man who declared Himself to be God, or is He God who
came to the earth as a man?
Part of the answer lies in the nature of God—He is outside of time,
beyond time. As people, we are trapped in time. We live our lives in
sequential fashion: we are born, we live, and we die. Not so with God.
He exists, He has always existed, and He will always exist. Time plays
no part in His existence. He sees all earthly events: past, present, and
Of course, the concept of God goes beyond human understanding.
Otherwise, if we could understand all about God, He would be a rather
small “god.” But God is a great God, beyond our understanding: “. . .
heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain Him.” (2 Chronicles 2:
6.) His understanding is infinite. (Psalm 146:5.) In His power, God
made not only the earth, but the whole Universe—there is nothing too
hard for the LORD. (Jeremiah 32:17.) God’s greatness is unsearchable.
But God had a plan—a plan outside of time. A plan to redeem all
those who would turn to Him for forgiveness, not out of fear, but out of
love. So, God did not reveal Himself as the mighty being that He is, but
rather as one of us: A baby born in a stable to a carpenter and his wife.
Centuries before Jesus was born, God foretold this event to a prophet:
“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall
conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:
14.) This prophecy was fulfilled centuries later: “Behold, the virgin shall
be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name ‘Immanuel,’
which is translated, ‘God with us.’” (Matthew 1:23.)
At the start of his gospel, the apostle John notes how Jesus has always
existed, but that he came from heaven to earth and lived as a man among
us: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and
the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came
into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that
has come into being.” (John 1:1-3 NASB.) “And the Word became
flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only
begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14 NASB.)
In John’s first epistle, he goes on to explain: “That which was from the
beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes,
which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning
the Word of life—the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear
witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father
and was manifested to us—that which we have seen and heard we
declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our
fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these
things we write to you that your joy may be full.” (1 John 1:1-4.)
The apostle Paul tells us this about the nature of Jesus: “Let this mind
be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God,
did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no
reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness
of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself
and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name
which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should
bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the
earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to
the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:5-11.)
Jesus—a person of the triune God we call the Trinity—has always
existed. He merely humbled Himself to come to the earth as a man to
redeem those who believe in Him and receive Him. Out of love, He
took our punishment. He has returned to the Father, but He will never
leave His followers nor forsake them. (Hebrews 13:5 quoting
Deuteronomy 31:6, 8 and Joshua 1:5.)
See also, Virgin Birth.
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