John 1:1-5 (NKJV) 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 light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
Jesus was with God when the world was created. Everything was made by Him, through Him and for Him. (Col. 1:16) Jesus the Logos, the living Word was with God and was God. Jesus is the second person of the Trinity: God, the Father, Jesus the Son and God the Holy Spirit all make up the One true God!
Logos – Greek word means a transmission of thought, communication, a word of explanation, an utterance, discourse, divine revelation, talk, statement, instruction, an oracle, divine promise, divine doctrine, divine declaration.
Jesus is the whole of God’s thoughts wrapped up in a human being. He is divine revelation of the will of God. In fact, in the Book of Hebrews 1:3 He is said to be the “express image of His person” and the “brightness of His glory”. He is God in the flesh; God with skin on!
Hebrews 1-3 GOD, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
John, back in John 1:18 said that Jesus declared the Father to us. He revealed God to us so we could get a picture in our minds of Who God is and by looking at what Jesus did when He walked on this earth interacting with mankind we can get an idea of what His will for mankind is. When we look at Jesus we see the Father at work.
John 1:14 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.
The Greek word for “dwelt” in that scripture means “tabernacled”. The analogy is that of the tabernacle in the wilderness when God pitched His tent among those of the Hebrews and manifested His glory there. In that same way Jesus came to earth as a man and lived among the people. He was tempted as we are, yet without sin. He understands our challenges and heartaches because He experienced them also. He defeated the enemy so that we might have the victory!
Hebrews 2:14-18 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham. Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.
You and I are flesh and blood; we are human beings. God knew His man would sin even before it happened and He planned before the foundation of the world for Jesus to pay the price to redeem mankind. Jesus, God’s only Son, became the payment for the sin of the world; God’s own sacrifice to reconcile His man back to Himself. Jesus came to earth to be like us so that He might destroy the works of the devil and take back the authority that was given to him in the Garden of Eden by Adam and Eve when they sinned. Jesus had to be sinless to be the sacrifice for man’s sins. He was tempted in all things just like you and me, yet without sin. He lived a life of victory so He could be the sinless High Priest that paid the penalty for the sins of the people. Since He was tempted and didn’t sin, He now can offer help to those of us who are walking out our humanity. He is ready and willing to save, heal, deliver, set free and empower us to walk out our Christianity in victory!
Because of Jesus’ victory over sin, death and hell we, who have received His salvation personally, can now come boldly before the throne of God’s grace as born again believers to receive help in our time of need. There are two primary times when we need help where sin is concerned: before we sin when we are tempted and after we have succumbed to the temptation and sinned. If we run to Him before we sin we can receive strength to overcome the temptation. But after we sin we need God’s forgiveness. We can then run to Him, not away from Him, to receive the forgiveness and cleansing that we need to wipe away the guilt of our sin.
Hebrews 4:14-16 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Are you running to Jesus, your great High Priest in the face of temptation and sin, or are you running away in shame thinking that you can handle this on your own. You can’t….you need Him!
Run to the Lord, not from Him!
Father, I thank You for Jesus and His role in your plan to redeem mankind. Thank You for sending Jesus to pay the price for our sin. Father, I pray for those who may be struggling with sin and the guilt of failing to overcome the temptation of sin in their lives. I pray that they will run to You to confess their sin and receive Your forgiveness and cleansing. Father, I ask You to restore unto them the joy of their salvation as they confess their sins to you. Thank you, Father, for equipping us for the victory. I thank You that when we are tempted we can come to You for help. Thank You for granting us the victory! In Jesus’ name I pray! Amen.