The Differences of John’s Gospel Part Two

Jesus opened a window of time that we might see the eternal, unchangeable love of God Almighty. Although God hates sin, He loves the sinner. There has to be atonement for sin. We have this atonement in Christ.

 

The death of Jesus Christ on the cross is significant. He was the Lamb slain before the Foundation of the Earth. He is able to satisfy all of our needs. Notice what Hebrews 10:4-7 says:

 

Hebrews 10:4-7 (KJV)
(4) “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. (5) Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: (6) In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. (7) Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.”

 

Although God set up the sacrificial laws for Israel’s sins to be covered, there needed to something more to wash their sins away. The sacrificial and ceremonial laws could not cleanse the conscience of Israel. They could only cover. There was a remembrance of the sins. They had to offer the same sacrifices repeatedly. In Genesis 3:15, God made a promise that He would send someone to take away the sin of the world. That someone was Jesus Christ–God manifested in the flesh.

 

When Jesus came in the flesh, Jesus was enabled to understand what humanity experienced in their fleshly tents. Jesus experienced weariness, disappointment, sorrow, misunderstanding, rejection, false accusations, sorrow, pain and betrayal. This qualified Jesus to be a mediator that can represent both God and men. Note I Timothy 2:5.

The example of Jesus’ life is something that teaches us how to live our lives today. Note I Peter 2:21. The word “example” comes from the word hupogrammos. This word was used to describe how children were taught in Bible times. A hupogrammos was an outline sketch of a letter that the students filled in or traced in their writing exercise tablets. The student either traced or copied the letters on a line below the simple letter or the hupogrammos. Christ gave us the pattern to follow.

The humanity of Christ gave us hope, and it gave value to our lives. We are called, chosen and washed in the Blood of the Lamb (Jesus Christ). Jesus’ humanity is tied with His deity. John 1:1-2.

The word “beginning” refers to when creation came into existence–not when Jesus came into existence. He always was and always shall be. This word means when time began. It has nothing to do with eternity. Time was set in motion because of humanity. God is Alpha and Omega. Rev. 22:13. From eternity to eternity–if that is the way that I can say it. Even this falls short of what is meant by the Lord.

 

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