As the song goes, we “can only imagine” the place where God and His Son lives. We can only imagine what happens hour to hour, minute to minute where there is no time to manage, no tears from frustration, no pain in any way. We can only imagine the incredible, relentless, unconditional, unimaginable amount of love between The Three-in-One, God, Jesus, His Son, and His Holy Spirit and his created.
What was it like on that day God sent His Son to earth as a baby after 400 years of silence between God and His people He loved so much and longed to be with again? What did Jesus say when it was time for him to depart, laying down all the glory and splendor of heaven? Maybe there were no words.
Jesus knew The Plan as well as He knew His Father. From the beginning Jesus was The Word made flesh. Remember the opening to John’s gospel?
In the beginning the Word already existed.
The Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He existed in the beginning with God.
God created everything through him,
and nothing was created except through him.
The Word gave life to everything that was created,[a]
and his life brought light to everyone.
The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish it. (John 1:1-5, NLT)
Then in God-fashion, God spoke and a part of Himself was planted into the womb of his chosen daughter on earth.
God/Jesus were together at the time of creation. So God and Jesus knew what He would have to do to save His people and restore a right, loving, intimate relationship with God, The Father.
Yes, God Sent. Jesus explains how and why to Nicodemus, one of the leaders who risked his leadership position in the Jewish community to seek Truth.
Truth was in the Person of Jesus Christ.
John – God Speaks!
John 2-3, New
Jesus and Nicodemus
23 Because of the miraculous signs Jesus did in Jerusalem at the Passover celebration, many began to trust in him. 24 But Jesus didn’t trust them, because he knew all about people. 25 No one needed to tell him about human nature, for he knew what was in each person’s heart.
There was a man named Nicodemus, a Jewish religious leader who was a Pharisee. 2 After dark one evening, he came to speak with Jesus. “Rabbi,” he said, “we all know that God has sent you to teach us. Your miraculous signs are evidence that God is with you.”
3 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.”
4 “What do you mean?” exclaimed Nicodemus. “How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?”
5 Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. 6 Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. 7 So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.”
9 “How are these things possible?” Nicodemus asked.
10 Jesus replied, “You are a respected Jewish teacher, and yet you don’t understand these things? 11 I assure you, we tell you what we know and have seen, and yet you won’t believe our testimony. 12 But if you don’t believe me when I tell you about earthly things, how can you possibly believe if I tell you about heavenly things? 13 No one has ever gone to heaven and returned. But the Son of Man has come down from heaven. 14 And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life.
16 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.
18 “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son. 19 And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. 20 All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. 21 But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.”
WHAT DO WE LEARN?
-Jesus knows what is our hearts.
-Jesus is the Son of God.
-We cannot enter the Kingdom of God unless we believe God sent Jesus to save us.
-EVERYONE who believes will have eternal life.
-God’s Holy Spirit gives birth to Spiritual life with God.
-There is no judgement for those who believe, just redemption.
-Nothing to hide. Nothing to lose worth keeping on this earth. Everything to gain!
-Evil hates the Light.
-God’s Light will never be overcome by the darkness. Darkness will be overcome by God’s Light.
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.
What do we risk coming to Jesus and denying the world?
As we look at all the manger scenes all over our town and arrange them in our homes, experience the WAY to a right relationship with God through Jesus sacrifice on the cross. See and realize the TRUTH of Who God is and why Jesus came and tell it to everyone you know. Then live, really live knowing you are redeemed and no one can take that away from you. Live a secured LIFE in Jesus knowing life is eternal and forever with Him. Nothing left to the imagination!
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for The Plan to save us. Thank you for redeeming us and setting us free to live with you now and forever! Thank you for being The Word made flesh. Thank for your Presence in our lives now by the power of Your Holy Spirit living in us! Thank you for helping us develop your characteristics as we desire to please you in all we think, do or say. All our praise and worship goes to you! To You be all glory and honor forevermore!
In Jesus Name, Amen