Jesus,The BIG Picture

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The Creator allows His Creation to put Him to death in order to save His creation.

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Jesus,The BIG Picture

  1. 1. As we approach the time of the year when we celebrate the birth of Jesus I would like to look at this glorious event from a different point of view. We’ll not look at the virgin birth in Bethlehem but the BIG picture. Let’s start with a simple statement Paul made in his 2nd letter to the saints in Corinth.<br />
  2. 2. 2 Corinthians 8:9 NETFor you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that although he was rich, he became poor for your sakes, so that you by his poverty could become rich.<br />That is a simple statement, but there is so much there! To start seeing more of the BIG picture, here’s the beginning of John’s Gospel.<br />
  3. 3. John 1:1 NETIn the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God. 2 The Word was with God in the beginning. 3 All things were created by him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of mankind. 5 And the light shines on in the darkness, but the darkness has not mastered it. <br />
  4. 4. 6 A man came, sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify about the light, so that everyone might believe through him. 8 He himself was not the light, but he came to testify about the light. 9 The true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was created by him, but the world did not recognize him.<br />
  5. 5. 11 He came to what was his own, but his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who have received him — those who believe in his name — he has given the right to become God's children 13 — children not born by human parents or by human desire or a husband's decision, but by God. <br />
  6. 6. 14 Now the Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We saw his glory — the glory of the one and only, full of grace and truth, who came from the Father.<br />The Word, God the Son, Created everything! All we see, touch, smell, hear, imagine was created by Jesus. <br />At the perfect time He left Heaven to walk on & with His Creation. <br />Paul writes to the saints in Philippi & broadens our view.<br />
  7. 7. Philippians 2:5 NETYou should have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had, 6who though he existed in the form of God did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped, 7but emptied himself by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men, and by sharing in human nature.8He humbled himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death — even death on a cross!<br />
  8. 8. 9As a result God exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, 10so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow — in heaven and on earth and under the earth — 11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.<br />After Jesus was raised from the dead He went back to Paradise in Heaven.<br />
  9. 9. Acts 1:9 NET After he had said this, while they were watching, he was lifted up and a cloud hid him from their sight. 10 As they were still staring into the sky while he was going, suddenly two men in white clothing stood near them 11 and said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand here looking up into the sky? This same Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will come back in the same way you saw him go into heaven."<br />
  10. 10. He is coming back in the Glory a King deserves. 1 Thessalonians 4:16 NETFor the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a shout of command, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be suddenly caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will always be with the Lord.<br />
  11. 11. Do you see the BIG picture now? Jesus, God the Son, <br />created everything! <br />He humbled Himself leaving Paradise in Heaven to live on, in, & amongst His creation. <br />He allowed His creation to put him to death in order to save His creation. <br />He’s coming back for those who accept His gift of Salvation. Remember today & always who Jesus is and the BIG view of all He’s done.<br />

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