JESUS IS ALIVE!
Acts 25:19 “Instead, they had some points of dispute with him about their own religion and about a dead man named Jesus who Paul claimed was alive.”
Dead or alive, Jesus? The Jewish mob said dead and Paul said alive.
Let us look at some of the things that the Jews still remember Jesus saying or were passed down to them:
- I tell you the truth …
you shall see heaven open and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man. John 1:51
no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again. John 3:3
no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. John 3:5
the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees His Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. John 5: 19
whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life. John 5: 24
a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. John 5:25
it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. John 6:32
he who believes has everlasting life. John 6: 47
unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood you have no life in you. John 6: 53
everyone who sins is a slave to sin. John 8:34
before Abraham was born, I am! John 8:58
It was the last statement which was the most incredible, confrontational and boldest statement Jesus ever made.
Jesus was fully aware of his pre-existence. This was not some re-incarnation understanding. But rather the incarnation of the Son of God in human life-form on earth.
Jesus was fully aware that He existed before this life on earth.
The one who comes from above is above all. John 3: 31
He would say things like “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven” Luke 10:18
He didn’t come to be the Lamb of God to take away the sins of the world, He didn’t come to be the Saviour, the Forgiver. He is the Lamb of God, slain from the foundation of the world. He is the Ancient of Days, the Creator, with the Father and nothing was made that has been made without Him.
We cannot contain Him to a time and a place and a nation. We cannot hold on to Him, He is beyond our grasp, we cannot understand all that there is to know about Him, He is beyond our capability to think. He is pre-existent, before Abraham was born, I am!
Jesus did not begin 2000 years ago, that was just when the incarnation took place. He had no beginning. He was before beginning. Because of this we can say He has seen it all and He knows it all.
We can invite Jesus into our existence – but there is a far greater invitation. An invitation for us to live our lives in His pre-existence.
Paul knew this, we know this, but the Jews didn’t. They missed it. The work set before us is to declare Jesus is Alive, He always was because He always is!