The entirety of Christ’s life was geared towards one goal- restoring what man had lost!
Thus, living life to the fullest means that we do not just understand why Jesus came and the significance of what he did when he died and rose it equally requires our understanding of those things he came to restore.
John 16 ushers us into the beginning of the end of the human life of Christ and it shows how he carefully prepares his disciples for his death; after he had spoken to them, John 17:2 gives us a glimpse into why God had decided on this ultimate sacrifice of his son- that He may give eternal life to all whom You have given Him. And this is eternal life: [it means] to know (to perceive, recognize, become acquainted with, and understand) You, the only true and real God, and [likewise] to know Him, Jesus [as the] Christ (the Anointed One, the Messiah), Whom You have sent.
I still maintain that ultimately, what God desires is to have a God presence here on earth and to have a relationship. My reason stems from the fact that God is God all by himself and he requires nothing to be God. He did not need to create the seas, the skies or even man to prove that he is God. From the beginning he was God and nothing undermines that. So why did he create man?
Genesis 1:1-2 says in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth however was without form, an empty waste, and darkness was upon the face of the very great deep. I find it difficult to believe that the same God who had created a ‘good heaven’ would have created a chaotic earth- In my opinion in-between verses 1 & 2 of Genesis was everything that happened with the fall of satan from heaven as Luke 10:18 puts it I saw Satan falling like a lightning from heaven. Ezekiel 28:13-19 & Isaiah 14:12-15 can give you a better understanding of this.
So in Vs 3. God did something to that darkness and chaos that had become of the earth- he said let there be light!
As a child I would imagine that when God said let there be light suddenly the brightest sun came up and everywhere was beautifully lit- but now I wonder if God had created the light in my imaginations in Vs 3- what was he creating on the fourth day when he created the sun and the moon? It only means one thing, the light that was created in Vs 3 was not the sun, neither was it the moon- when he said let there be light, God called forth a being into presence- he called forth a life and the passage John 1:1-5 explains this- In the beginning was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was present originally with God. All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him was not even one thing made that has come into being. In Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of men. And the Light shines on in the darkness, for the darkness has never overpowered it.
So when God said let there be light- he called forth a being- a presence- Christ. That light overcame the darkness and the chaos that Satan had made of the earth. But before he went back to the heavens, God needed a light to remain on earth- he needed a God presence, so he created a Life that was Light-Man.
In the first five days of creation, God methodically put things in place in preparation for the creation of this being; Indeed man was the sole aim of those six days spent in creation; it was not the skies or the fishes or the vegetation! Before vegetation he had to create land, before the fishes there had to be water, before the birds there had to be skies for them to fly in and before man, there had to be everything that was created.
When he created man on the sixth day, he said let us create this being in our (the trinity) image and in our likeness and let him have dominion! So when man was created a replica of the Trinity was created!
A God representation here on earth!
A Light to keep the darkness away.
This being was God on earth and his presence alone was all the light and life that kept the world from chaos. He had food, he had a home, he had work and above all he had a purpose.
But the devil found a way and through a simple act of disobedience- an act of faithlessness man introduced sin and death into the world- he ushered in the darkness again. Think about this, when man sinned, did he become less of that being that God created? Not at all but when he sinned, his eyes became open and he no longer saw the image of himself that God wanted him to see- all he could see was that he was naked (spiritually dead and without covering), he was so inferior to God that he had to hide. He could not have a conversation like he normally would- Sin separated him from God. Worse, he could no longer see who God had made him to be- he could no longer see the God inside of him.
Over the years, God continuously and tirelessly worked on re-ordering the steps of man so that he would go back to the being he created. He tried to get rid of sin by destroying the world in the time of Noah, He created the law in the time of Moses, he allowed kings, priests and prophets to guide his people and finally he decided to give life for life- he gave his life in human form to buy back the life that sin had taken.
So when John 17:2 says that his death was so that He may give eternal life to all whom You have given Him, it means he desires to restore unto those that believe His image, His likeness, Himself.
Do you see why the bible says ‘Ye are gods’ Psalm 82:6?
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