Jesus before he was born on earth – Part One

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. …  14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

The book of John echoes the book of Genesis. It starts with the same words, “in the beginning”. John establishes that before God did anything at the start of creation, he existed. The Word here refers to Jesus Christ. John establishes Jesus as being God and also being with God. if you take this verse together with the verse in Genesis 1:1 then you xan see that God is three parts – father, son and holy spirit. Jesus was with God in the beginning according to verse 2 above. John declares that when God created, it was Jesus who was creating. In fact, John says that Jesus made everything and that without Jesus, nothing would have been made. Jesus had life in him, and as I wrote yesterday, God breathed into man’s nostrils and then man came alive.

John said that “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” – referring to the borth of Jesus.

Before Jesus was born, his mother Mary became pregnant by the holy spirit.

Matthew 1:18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.

Mary was engaged to Joseph, but Jesus was implanted into Mary by the Holy Spirit. This was an answer and fulfilment of the prophecy Isaiah 7:14: “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel”.

Thoughts from Genesis 1:26

 26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

27 So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.

When God made mankind on day 6, he said Let US make mankind in our image. This immediately refers to God as plural. We know from the first few verses of the Bible, that the Spirit of God hovered above the waters, and that God referred to himself as plural. Mankind was made in Gods image and also in His likeness. The first purpose for man was to RULE over all creatures on the earth. Man was made to rule!

The other interesting thing was that that the word says in verse 27 that God created male and female. In vs 26 it says he created mankind so that they may rule over the earth. They is plural.

fill the earth and subdue it

A little further on we are told that man was instructed to subdue the earth. So our job was not just to rule but to rule by force – because subdue indicates that something needs to be put down or subjugated.

 29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food

God provided animals and he provided food in the form of plants. Animals were never intended to be food.

Thoughts from Genesis 1:3

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

God created using words. He spoke stuff into existence. We need to know the power of the spoken word. We are saved when we confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord. We need to speak our faith a lot more than we do. Sometimes we may not even be convinced of what we are saying, but in speaking the word out, we will eventually believe it.

God created Light on Day 1. Do you note that the Bible spoke about evening and morning on Day 1. Have you ever noticed that the sun and moon and stars were only created on Day 4? I am just saying! God created light without the need of the Sun. man God is amazing.

I love the way the Word says that God created the light and then he spearated it from the darkness. It was almost as though the light and the darkness co-existed for a while, before God separated them.

Thoughts from Genesis 1:1

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

The great thing about the Bible is that the very first words tackle one of the most common questions on the minds of people – today and yesterday. The origin of the world – how it all began. People are always asking – how did the world begin, how did it all start? The commonly held ideas, are that God created the heavens and the earth as per Genesis 1:1 and the other theory is the big bang theory. Personally, I think it takes a lot more faith to believe the big bang theory – but people say it takes faith to believe the Bible. Either way, lt’s be honest, we don’t know for sure. But I love the way the Bible puts it! In the beginning God! The only way in my mind that the world could have started was with God (a being that is bigger than time and  creation). If you believe the big bang theory, then how did all the matter get there in the first place? God must have created the matter for the big bang, surely!

It is interesting that God created the heavens and the earth. People are searching for life on other planets, and I reckon they are wasting their time – because God created the earth. Anyway, who cares! The earth was empty. Did you ever notice that before? The earth was formless (maybe it was not even round in the beginning?). It was also empty. It had loads of water – in fact it was just a blob of water all held together by gravity (in my guess).

But God was there in His creation. The Holy Spirit hovered over the waters – he was there watching to see what was next. When you next speak to the Holy Spirit, you should remember He was there at the start. He has been around – so He knows a lot of stuff and He knows you. He is a great gift from God that we need to treasure in our lives.