Time is a dimension, such as, length or width or height. We understand only a small part of what time is…our part…but there exists another region that we may sense with our spirits, something more intuitive and beyond our understanding, though just as real.
This region was and is the home of Christ. A home just as real as the home we experience. Time is no more in this world of eternity, but the feelings of love, joy, beauty, wonder, compassion, wisdom and faithfulness are just as real as they are to us on Earth. Christ was in this world before the Earth was created; He existed before creating the Universe and He is alive today in this region that transcends time and space. He will exist long after the Earth and Universe are gone. In Hebrews 1:10-12 (NIV), we find God speaking of His Son, Jesus:
“He also says, ‘In the beginning, O Lord [applied to the Son], you laid the foundations of the Earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will roll them up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed. But you remain the same, and your years will never end.’”
The region of Eternity is where the story of Christ begins, not in the small manger in Bethlehem. Before the beginning of time and the Universe we have the Trinity; three distinct persons in one: the Eternal Spirit, God the Father, and Christ Jesus the Son existing and lovingly planning for relationship with the created. The Trinity is the totality of God; not one part is God, but all three are co-equal, co-eternal, and are one substance. God’s plan was to have relationship, to be of one family in Christ, to be brothers and sisters for His Son. Again from the Bible we read:
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.” (Ephesians 1:3-6, NIV)
The Bible shares with us information about the prevenient Christ. John 1:1-5 (NIV) speaks about the Word becoming Flesh:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.”
Note that in the beginning Christ was with God, that is, before the beginning of our Universe Christ was with God; Jesus said it this way:
“Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began” (John 17:5, NIV).
Christ was present at the exodus. We read in 1 Corinthians 10:1-4 (NIV):
“For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers, that our forefathers were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. They all ate the same spiritual food and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.”
Christ is supreme and above all, as we can see in Colossians 1:15-19 (NIV):
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on Earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.”
So we see Jesus Christ as eternal and before creation, this confuses some people, because they don’t understand, because they see Jesus as only a New Testament figure. This happened many years ago to a group of Jews and we can read about it in John 8:56-58 (NIV) where Jesus said:
“‘Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.’ ‘You are not yet fifty years old,’ the Jews said to him, ‘and you have seen Abraham!’ ‘I tell you the truth,’ Jesus answered, ‘before Abraham was born, I am!'”
This posts sets the stage…Look for Part 2 next week for the First Sacrifice of Christ.