Whereas selfish pride is the downfall of mankind, God’s ultimate expression of humility has provided for our restoration.
God came down to us to save us.
This act of love and humility traveled the greatest distance anyone can imagine.
God came from the highest place in Heaven to Earth as the man Jesus Christ.
Then He died in our place and went to death for us.
He paid our debt when He sacrificed Himself for our sins by allowing Himself to be tortured, crucified and gave His perfect life for our imperfect lives.
He went to the grave, yet rose in victory over death three days later.
Jesus is now worthy to offer new life to all who believe in Him and ask Him by faith to save them.
“I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!”
“I am”, is the name God gave Moses when asked ,”they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?”
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 is the Image of the Invisible God
(speaking about Jesus)
“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,…all things were created through Him and for Him. He is before all things and in Him all things consist.”verse 19, “For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.”
Jesus is the Same God the Prophet Isaiah Saw on His Throne in All His Glory
“Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus’ glory and spoke about Him.”
Equal With God
“who being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God.”
verse 8- ” And being found in appearance as a man,He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”
He Who Has Seen Jesus Has Seen God
” If you would have known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him”.
“All the Fullness of the Godhead Bodily”
“For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.”
Our God and Mediator Are One in the Same, The Man Christ Jesus
1 Timothy 2:5,6
“For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.”
God Reconciling the World to Himself
2 Corinthians 5:19
“that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.”
Jesus is the true God and Eternal Life
1 John 5:20
“And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.”
Christ Shared in God’s Glory Before Creation
“And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.”
“I and the Father are one”
” Again the Jews picked up stones to stone him,(vs.31)
…”you, a mere man claim to be God.”
(The Jews knew that there can only be one God,and to claim that you are God’s son is to claim to be God for there can only be one eternal, divine, all-powerful Holy God.)
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Jesus Christ did not earn the right to be God as a result good works and exaltation, as if being God was a position to be earned, for Jesus Christ is God.
Jesus Christ is God and always has been the same, always will be the same, yesterday today, and forever. (Eternal)
To Hate Jesus is to Hate God.
“If I had not done among them what no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. But now they have seen these miracles, and yet they have hated both me and my Father.”
2 Corinthians 4:4
“;Christ, who is the image of God,“
“Christ came,who is over all, the eternally blessed God.” Romans 9:5
“He made the worlds.“
(Jesus),”who being 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,”
“Let all the angels of God worship Him.”
“But to the Son He says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever,”
“Therefore God, your God has anointed you”…
“You have put all things under His feet.” ( Speaking of Jesus).
God Became One of Us in Order to Save Us.
(Speaking of Jesus from verse 9) , “He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is , the devil.” vs 17 ” Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in all 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.”
” I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.”(Jesus speaking to the Jews).
Who is Himself God
“No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.”
This verse says Jesus is God in two ways. First it states that Jesus is the one and only Son. This is also stated in John 3:16 where Jesus is called ,”One and Only Son.” God did not create another God because there can only be one All Powerful, All mighty, All Knowing , Most High God. So Jesus is the One and Only because, as this verse also clearly states,”…the one and only Son, who is himself God,”.
“...the Father is in me, and I in the Father.” (Speaking of oneness).
The Jews in Christ’s day knew what Jesus was saying when He claimed to be one with the Father
” I and my Father are one.” vs 33 “We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied,”but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”