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What Has This Jesus to do with You ?

by Ernest O'Neill

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If this man Jesus is the Son of God, the creator of the universe, then what has he or his existence to do with you ?

You were made inside him.

He Himself made it clear that He existed long before he appeared in Palestine in the first century of our present era. In reply to a question from theologians he said "Before Abraham was, I am" and in a prayer overheard by some of his disciples he said "Father, restore to me the glory which I had with you before the world was made".

All of this is what we would expect, but there's more. One of his followers - Paul - wrote to people in Ephesus (in one of the New Testament books, Ephesians 2:10) "You are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works which he has prepared beforehand that you should walk in them". This implies that you were created in God's mind (which can obviously see all of time in one milli-second) inside and as part of His son long before you were born in your mother's womb.

This is not only consistent with the view of time taken by Einstein and our contemporary cosmologists, but is also consistent with other statements about Jesus Christ in the Bible, like Colossians 1:15 - "He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation; for in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible....- all things were created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together."

In other words, when Our Maker conceived his only-begotten Son, he conceived him also as the first-born being in the whole creation - his is the only real life of God that energises everything else. Inside Him, God created you so that you would share his life-power and his freedom. Any good or creativity in your life is the result of his activity in you.

But God also saw the results that would follow if He gave billions of beings freedom of will - and He determined that He would face that inside Himself in his dearest Son. And that's what has happened - Christ has held on to you whatever you have done or said to destroy Him or his Father. He bears inside himself every sin or lie in which you have lived - every proud claim of credit for what He has actually done through you. This bearing of your sin or independence was expressed momentarily in 29 a.d. on a cross, but the forbearance of your creator is eternal because He loves you.

The significance of all this for your life is that you are actually part of the Son of the Creator of the universe - and He has a life to live in you (if you agree) that will bring pleasure to your Maker and fulfilment in you.

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