As we enter this wonderful season of Christmas, and perhaps ponder in a new way the profound and mystical events surrounding the arrival of the Christ child, it seems timely to recall the essential truth, that Jesus Christ is eternally God. While many may rejoice in the image of a babe born to Mary as a wonderful gift from heaven, and see this as a start of a new life, in reality the manifestation of God the Son as a baby is part of His everlasting story, and it is critical to know that before creation Jesus Christ was, and is, and is forevermore. The Godhead of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is the one true God, and yet three persons. This is part of the wonderful mystery of who is our Lord.
In reality we have little language to adequately describe His triune nature, other than to express them as three distinct manifestations of Almighty God. In all this though, His expression as God the Son, Jesus Christ, helps to understand Him, and as Immanuel (meaning ‘God with us’) we start to see why our Lord appeared to us over 2000 years ago as a child. A revelation of His nature, and part of His plan for redeeming us and His creation. As the Holy Spirit reveals the very ever present essence of God, and as Heavenly Father He reveals His heart and authority, as Jesus Christ He is the perfection expression of His personhood, and divine nature of the one who created us and is able intercede for us perfectly as He knows us and our created nature.
We must all receive and acknowledge that the babe born on Christmas Day in a manager is indeed always and forever God, Everlasting Father. To deny Him as eternally God, is to not know Him. Not knowing this essential understanding of His nature, is to not know His saving grace. For only an eternal, I AM, God carries the ability to redeem creation, for He has to be before it and the author of it. So let us declare with the saints of old, Christ Jesus to be our Saviour, Lord, and Everlasting Father.
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 were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.’ ”
And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.
Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.
For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily;
For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
The Punishment of Samaria
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ”
He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
“Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, where you are from,’ then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.’ But He will say, ‘I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity.’