God’s Message to the World. John 1:1-18; Hebrews 1:1-3

From the beginning of time God has desired to communicate to the people He created in His own image. Creation itself is a communication that there is a Creator. To the people He has communicated rules for productive and meaningful living in His creation, and for living in harmony with Him.

Adam and Eve were assigned to tend the Garden of Eden and were given one law to keep. They opted to break that law when tempted by the serpent, and sin and death became a reality to all who followed them, just as God had prophesied. But God continued to reach out to His created beings. His creation of our world and the universe is a message to us that He is a Creator who cares and provides for us. He spoke often in ancient times to guide the activities of those living at various times in history. People like Noah, Abraham, Moses, Samuel, and the prophets and priests, received specific information concerning events that would happen to them individually, to the peoples they were part of, and to the nations who were enemies. Sometimes He spoke directly. Sometimes He sent angels with messages. sometimes He spoke in dreams. He gave Moses laws for worshiping Him and for the people to live in community. He gave His chosen prophets messages of hope and promise, as well as of judgment and discipline. Many messages to Old Testament prophets revealed His plans and purposes in both the near and distant future.

One of the most important messages the prophets gave concerned His plan of salvation to bring mankind back into a right relationship with Him. The message began in Genesis 3:15 where God announced His curse on the serpent for tempting Eve to sin. He proclaimed that the seed, or descendant, of the woman would triumph over the evil serpent, while suffering temporarily at his hands. The message was portrayed in the tabernacle and its furnishings, the sacrifices and the feasts given for worship and cleansing from sins, and later in the temple of Solomon. All of these pictured the future means of salvation God would bring about that would be perfect and complete.

Balaam, a prophet for hire, prompted by the Holy Spirit, spoke of a Star who would come out of Jacob, and a Scepter who would come out of Israel (Numbers 24:17). Moses prophesied that the Ultimate Prophet, the Messiah, one in person like him, would arise out of Israel (Deuteronomy 18:15-18). Jesus was like Moses in these ways: 1) He was spared death as a baby (Exodus 2; Matthew 2:13-23); 2) He renounced a royal court (Philippians 2:5-8; Hebrews 11:24-27); 3) He had compassion on His people (Numbers 27:15-17; Matthew 9:36); 4) He made intercession for the people (Deuteronomy 9:18; Hebrews 7:25); 5) He spoke with God face to face (Exodus 34:29-30; 2 Corinthians 3:7); 6) He was the mediator of a covenant (Deuteronomy 29:1; Hebrews 8:6-7).

Isaiah spoke of the Servant who effect God’s plan of salvation: 1) He would be supernaturally conceived of a virgin by the Holy Spirit, and be named Immanuel, meaning “God with us” (7:14); 2) He would come to earth initially born as a human child, but sent as a Son of God, retaining His eternal deity. He would return to earth to sovereignly rule in the line of David (9:6-7); 3) He would then rule the earth empowered by the Spirit of God (11:1-11); 4) He would go to Jerusalem where He would be beaten and spat upon (50:6-7); 5) He would suffer and die by crucifixion between 2 legitimate criminals as the sinless Lamb of God to bear the sin of the world, and arise from death to return to heaven, and later return to earth to conquer evil and occupy David’s throne on earth (52:13-53:12); 6) He would live and minister while on the earth the first time, preaching the gospel, and healing and delivering those sick and in bondage (61:1-2).

Micah 5:2 specified that the coming One who would ultimately rule, would be born in Bethlehem of Judea.

These are some of the details given about God’s plan of salvation by prophecy in advance.

Then Jesus came! He came as God’s personal message to this lost, needy, dying world looking for hope! Hebrews 1:1-3

He came and God spoke through Him as . . .

I. His Word. John 1:1-18; Colossians 1:15-19; Hebrews 1:1-3

II. His Walk. John 1:14; Hebrews 7:26-27;  1 Peter 2:21-24

III. His Wisdom. Isaiah 9:6; 11:1-2; Luke 2:52; The Gospels; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31

IV. His Witness. John 5:31-47

V. His Works. John 5:36; 9:3-4

VI. His Will. Matthew 26:39; John 5:17-21

Application: Jesus is God’s message and example for us to follow in living to honor and please Him. Like Jesus, we are called to be God’s message to the world in our words, our walk or manner of living, our wisdom, our witness, our works, and our will.

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