The Great I AM

The Great I AM

Thursday, 22 November 2018  | Narelle- MECS Principal

Do you think it’s a bit early to play Christmas music? After all, it’s still only November. On the other hand, it’s only five weeks until Christmas day! I know some people who love Christmas so much that they put up their Christmas tree during the Cup day long weekend! What is it that we love so much? Is it the colourful decorations or the thought of a few public holidays? Gifts that we give and receive, or family and friends coming together and eating yummy food!  

Soon Advent will be upon us – four weeks in the church calendar when we consider the reason for the season, the birth of Jesus Christ, the great I AM.

Baby Jesus – the perfect little baby in the manger. For many people that may be the only image they have of Jesus. They only think of him once a year and they never see Jesus as anyone else. Others might think of him as a man who spoke words of wisdom, a prophet, a miracle worker, a revolutionary.

But what does the Bible tell us about Jesus? Old Testament prophets spoke of his coming, and at Christmas time we often read the words from Isaiah, chapter 9, which give him the well-known titles: Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. We also know from the Bible that Jesus did many miraculous things; he healed many kinds of illness and disease, fed large numbers of people, valued women and blessed children; walked on water, stilled the wind and waves.

He told people to love their neighbour, even to love their enemy and he instructed them not to judge others. He also told them not to worry about life because God cared for them and he promised that he would give them rest and peace. Jesus also instructed his followers to care for the poor, and he invited everyone into the kingdom of God.

Around the year 60 AD the apostle Paul wrote a letter to first century Christians in the city of Colossae. In the letter he presents proof that Jesus was God. These people had heard about Jesus; they had been taught about what Jesus had said and done, and they were Christ followers now. But now they were surrounded by people with very different beliefs. It’s believed that Paul wrote this letter because he had heard that strange theories were creeping into the church in Colossae, beliefs relating to angel worship, astrology and magic. Paul warns the believers not to be led astray by “empty philosophy and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking.” (Col 2:8).  

In his letter Paul stressed that Jesus was indeed God. He proclaimed that “all things were created through Jesus, and that all thrones, dominions, rulers and powers were subject to his rule.” He writes that in Jesus the unknowable God has become known. He holds all creation together. Our universe is a Christ-centred universe and he personally sustains all of creation.

The letter then becomes personal, because Paul reminds the Christians in Colossae not only of who Jesus is, but also what he has done for them. Paul reminds them that they were once far away from God, but Jesus has made peace with everything in heaven and on earth through his death on the cross, and that includes them. Their relationship with God had been damaged and they needed reconciliation, but God has met them - not just half way – but through his death and resurrection he has done all that needed to be done,  and he invites people to accept his forgiveness and be reconciled to him.

So this Advent and Christmastime let’s keep our eyes fixed on Jesus who is so much more than a perfect baby, or a good and wise historical figure. His life and teaching changed the world, and today he continues to change the lives of individuals.

One of my favourite Christmas songs is ‘Mary, Did You Know’. This song describes Jesus not just as a cute baby, but as the one who has come to make us new, the one who is Lord of creation and the great I AM. In Exodus 3:14 God uses this name for himself:  I AM. And in using this title for Jesus the song reminds us that the baby boy in the Christmas story is indeed, our God.

(You may like to google this song for some beautiful renditions!)

Mary did you know                     

Mary did you know that your baby boy would one day walk on water?
Mary did you know that your baby boy would save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you delivered will soon deliver you.

Mary did you know that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will calm the storm with his hand?
Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
When you kiss your little baby, you kiss the face of God.

Mary did you know


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