As a young child I, for some reason, thought God the Father had created the earth. I now have a different understanding.
Who created this world? Jesus and I can show you in just three texts.
Number 1: Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” NKJV
Who is “God” in this reference?
Number 2: John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” NKJV
Jesus is the Word, and The Word is God.
Number 3: Colossians 1:15-17 “… Christ himself is the Creator who made everything in heaven and earth, the things we can see and the things we can’t; the spirit world with its kings and kingdoms, its rulers and authorities; all were made by Christ for his own use and glory. He was before all else began and it is his power that holds everything together.” TLB
Within that context, imagine that our Creator, gave up His “God-ship” if you will.
I have two friends, one male, one female, not related to me or each other, who over the course of the last year, have mentioned that the book of John is their favorite book. The first chapter is their favorite chapter. And the first few verses are their favorite verses.
If you had no other book to read from, to know who Jesus is and what He has done, the book of John would be it. And John 1:14 could be one of the most important verses in the Bible.
“And the Word became 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.” NKJV
The Word, that is God the Son, did not just appear to be human; He became flesh.
By becoming flesh, did He cast off the ability to be omnipresent? It appears so, but I am not sure.
This is what I found. I invite your thoughts.
The Bible says numerous times that Jesus is at the "right hand of the Father"
Mark 16:19 “So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.” NKJV
Acts 2:33 “Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear.” NKJV
Acts 7:55 “But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God,” NKJV
Romans 8:34 “Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.” NKJV
Ephesians 1:20 “which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,” NKJV
Colossians 3:1 “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.” NKJV
Hebrews 1:3 “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, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,” NKJV
1 Peter 3:22 “who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him. Therefore, He is only in Heaven, not on earth.” NKJV
These verses, and many others, appear to only have Jesus at the right hand of God and nowhere else.
And then we read Philippians 2:7. “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” KJV
Does this mean that Jesus Christ rid Himself of divine powers when He became a servant? If so, was the ability to be omnipresent one of them? I am not sure. I am still searching. I am still learning. I am not a Bible scholar, but I am a Bible scourer-er.
I do know this. Jesus sacrificed so much for us! We will never wrap our brains around what He did for us.
His life in exchange for our mistakes. His life for ours. Doesn’t seem fair, to Him. I am so thankful that was His choice.
Titus 3:5 tells us that He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy. All I can say is, whatever You gave up for me, “Thank you Jesus!”
by Jeanette Stark – Thursday, January 5, 2023