Monday, July 1, 2013

Knowing The Ancient One

If you have shifted slightly in your faith and relationship with Jesus and you are trying to get back to where you are suppose to be, the best way to do this is to be reminded who Jesus is. Too often we make the mistake of thinking that Jesus' beginning was in a manger but Jesus is more ancient than time. We should remind ourselves again of the wonder of Jesus:

In the beginning was the one
    who is called the Word.
The Word was with God
    and was truly God.
From the very beginning
    the Word was with God. (John 1:1-2, CEV)

Ancient beyond our understanding. We need to remember that it was the Father's will to send this ancient one to our rescue and he accepted his Father's will, but his beginning was not the manger. He was ancient before he was born into creation. But it goes far beyond the fact that Jesus has always been. What is so incredible is his role in creation:

And with this Word,
    God created all things.
Nothing was made
    without the Word.
Everything that was created
    received its life from him,
and his life gave light
    to everyone. (vv.3-4)

These words astound me. Jesus gave us life to begin with and he came to give us eternal life on top of it. He is the instrument of creation. Everything that has existence came through him. All the beauty we see around us is because of him. We may have crafted what he created to make other things because that what we were created to do, but all the building blocks came from Jesus. Everything you see, touch and smell today came through him.

One of the saddest statements we can read in God's Word is this:

The Word was in the world,
    but no one knew him,
though God had made the world
    with his Word. (v. 10)

It is amazing that the instrument of creation entered into his creation but his creation did not know him. The creation had grown so cold and distant to the Creator that we did not even know him when he walked in our midst. Many still don't know him.

He gave us life to begin with, which we should be thankful for, but more importantly, he gave his own life to give us eternal life. He invited us into an incredible relationship of deep fellowship where we can come to the Father who desires to bless us as his children. We can only come to the Father through Jesus. He is the Light for the whole world. Words cannot describe the depth of the worship and service that Jesus, the ancient one, deserves.

Why should we worship him? Why should we surrender our lives to him? Why should be serve him in blind obedience? Because he is Jesus, and that says a lot. There is no other name that means as much as Jesus.

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