Bible Ballistics: Vol. 8 No.18 Messages From Heaven???
Last week we talked about the “Message From Hell”, and heard the testimony of one who was suffering in hell, and his concern was for his lost brethren. Yet as disconcerting as thinking about “hell” is, the good news is that we don’t have to go there. The message from heaven is that Jesus has provided salvation which delivers from sin, as well as from death and hell (the “wages” of sin); and I’d like us to spend the next few weeks looking at some of the “Messages From Heaven” that are recorded in the Gospel of John! Where’s the best place to start? It is almost always at the ‘beginning’! Let’s go!
“In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him;
and without him was not any thing made
that was made.
4 In him was life;
and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light shineth in darkness;
and the darkness comprehended it not.
6 There was a man sent from God,
whose name was John.
7 The same came for a witness,
to bear witness of the Light,
that all men through him might believe.
8 He was not that Light,
but was sent to bear witness
of that Light.
9 That was the true Light,
which lighteth every man
that cometh into the world.
10 He was in the world,
and the world was made by him,
and the world knew him not.
11 He came unto his own,
and his own received him not.
12 But as many as received him,
to them gave he power
to become the sons of God,
even to them that believe on his name:
13 Which were born,
not of blood,
nor of the will of the flesh,
nor of the will of man,
but of God.
14 And the Word was made flesh,
and dwelt among us,
(and we beheld his glory,
the glory as of the only begotten
of the Father,)
full of grace and truth.” John 1:1-14
John didn’t begin his Gospel with the incarnation of the Messiah through the nativity, or even as Mark began with the public ministry of John The Baptist, who was to “Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.” Instead the Apostle John began his Gospel “In the beginning” with the declaration that Jesus IS the “Word” of God—the person of truth as well as the content of His ‘Words’! Just as Jesus proclaimed of Himself:
“….I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6
“I and my Father are one.” John 10:30
John began his Gospel by establishing the deity of Jesus and the truth that He and The Father (with the Holy Spirit also) are One! Look at the things that John tells us about Jesus in these few verses:
Jesus was “in the beginning”–
He was “with God”—
Jesus “was God” (Was, is and ever will be!) —
He was, is and ever will be the same “with” God—
John reveals Jesus as God the creator—the “WORD”! And when we look back at Genesis chapter one, we find that God created by “speaking” (..God said ‘let there be’..) all things into existence. Have you ever wondered why God and the Holy Spirit are referenced in Genesis 1, but not the Son? Well, John helps clarify Jesus’ presence by clearly revealing Jesus as “The Word”—The Word of God by whom God spoke all things into existence. So when God said “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness”, He was referring to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit at work together. And John clearly reveals who Jesus always was, ever is and ever will be. His method throughout the Gospel of John is his unique proclamation of the “I AM” declarations of Jesus. And it is imperative that we understand that Jesus IS creator, because He IS God, and “God” (Elohim) created all things—by, with and through Jesus The Son.
“Giving thanks unto the Father,
which hath made us meet to be partakers
of the inheritance
of the saints
13 Who hath delivered us
from the power of darkness,
and hath translated us
into the kingdom
of his dear Son:
14 In whom we have redemption
through his blood,
even the forgiveness of sins:
15 Who is the image
of the invisible God,
the firstborn of every creature:
16 For by him were all things created,
that are in heaven,
and that are in earth,
visible and invisible,
whether they be thrones,
all things were created by him,
and for him:
17 And he is before all things,
and by him all things consist.” Colossians 1:12-17
Jesus not only created “ALL” things, but it is by His Word that all things consist and hold together. Need more?
“God, who at sundry times
and in divers manners
spake in time past
unto the fathers
by the prophets,
2 Hath in these last days
spoken unto us
by his Son,
whom he hath appointed heir
of all things,
by whom also he made the worlds;
3 Who being the brightness of his glory,
and the express image of his person,
and upholding all things
by the word of his power,
when he had by himself purged our sins,
on the right hand
of the Majesty on high:” Hebrews 1:1-3
The Good News from heaven is that Jesus IS God, He WAS God in the beginning, and He IS creator and sustainer of all things, past, present and future. Jesus IS God, and HE came into our world, took on flesh and blood so that HE could die for our sin so that we could have eternal life with HIM! Jesus the Son of God took on flesh and blood in order to die for you and me! He was born to die for us! What kind of love cares that much for me? For you? Only God’s gracious, merciful and life-giving love displayed at Calvary, at the cost of HIS “ONLY BEGOTTEN SON”! All for us!
“Forasmuch then as the children
are partakers of flesh and blood,
he also himself likewise took part of the same;
that through death he might destroy him
that had the power of death,
that is, the devil;
15 And deliver them
who through fear of death
were all their lifetime
subject to bondage.
16 For verily he took not on him
the nature of angels;
but he took on him
the seed of Abraham.
17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him
to be made like unto his brethren,
that he might be a merciful
and faithful high priest
in things pertaining to God,
to make reconciliation
for the sins of the people.
18 For in that he himself
hath suffered being tempted,
he is able to succour them
that are tempted.” Hebrews 2:14-18
Jesus took on flesh and blood for you and me. The message from heaven is that God loves you and me and sent HIS son to be our sacrifice. God sent Jesus to pay for our sins—sins that HE hadn’t committed and that we couldn’t pay for apart from eternity in hell (those ‘wages of sin’). Jesus came as our substitute, and that my friends, is the best news that could ever be. John the Apostle recorded another account of the ‘other’ John—John the Baptizer—who came before Jesus the Messiah to proclaim the truth of His arrival.
“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith,
Behold the Lamb of God,
which taketh away the sin of the world.
30 This is he of whom I said,
After me cometh a man
which is preferred before me:
for he was before me.
31 And I knew him not:
but that he should be
made manifest to Israel,
therefore am I come baptizing with water.
32 And John bare record, saying,
I saw the Spirit descending from heaven
like a dove,
and it abode upon him.
33 And I knew him not:
but he that sent me to baptize
the same said unto me,
Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit
and remaining on him,
the same is he
which baptizeth with
the Holy Ghost.
34 And I saw,
and bare record
that this is the Son of God.
35 Again the next day after John stood,
and two of his disciples;
36 And looking upon Jesus
as he walked,
Behold the Lamb of God!” John 1:29-36
So my question to you today is, “Have you heeded the message?” Have you responded to the voice of the Lamb of God speaking to your heart? If you have, are you sharing that truth with others? If you haven’t, then I urge you to call on Jesus today—heed the messages; the message from hell and the message from heaven are calling you to come to Jesus and avoid a destiny in hell. You must choose for yourself—but remember it’s an eternal choice, “behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” Jesus died to give you life, so don’t let the enemy of your soul blind your eyes and ears to the message!!!
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10
“I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” Luke 13:3
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20
“All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” John 6:37