Who is This Baby Called Jesus?

Pastor Dan Gordon   12/18/2013


Pastor Dan Gordon is the Senior Pastor at Agape Fellowship Church meeting at the St. Cloud Christian School on Sundays in Sauk Rapids, MN.

Who is this baby called Jesus?  According to the Apostle John in the first chapter of his gospel, Jesus is the logos, the very Word of God.  More specifically, He is the: 

  • Eternal Word of God
  • Expressed Word of God
  • Emancipating Word of God

The Eternal Word of God

This baby called Jesus is, first of all, the eternal Word of God.  In v. 1 of John 1, John wrote this: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”  

As the eternal Word, Jesus is both the embodiment of the thought, reason and purpose of the Godhead as well as the expression of the thought, reason and purpose of the Godhead.  He is the Revealer of Almighty God to His creation.  Paul referred to Him as “the image of the invisible God.”  (Colossians 1:15) 

As the eternal Word, Jesus is also the Agent of all creation.  In John 1:3, the apostle said, “All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.”  Paul expanded a bit on this truth in Colossians 1:16.  There he said that “by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.”  

As the eternal Word, Jesus is Life—He is THE SOURCE of divine eternal life.  “In him was life,” John wrote in 1:4a.  Jesus, when he had grown to be a man, revealed this very thing about himself.  He said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”  (John 14:6)  

As the eternal Word, Jesus is Light.  He is the Revelation of all wisdom and knowledge.  John wrote, “In him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:4).  As our light, Jesus’ life is our guide.  He is our wisdom, that which reveals and enables us to see truth. 

The Expressed Word  

This baby called Jesus is, secondly, the expressed Word of God—He is the Word of God embodied.  In other words, He is God with skin on!  John declared in John 1:14, “The Word became flesh.”  The Apostle Paul said in Philippians 2:7 that He “made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.”  

In Jesus, God humbled himself, took on our likeness “and dwelt among us.” (John 1:14)  Literally, He “tabernacled” or “pitched tent” among us, meaning that He made His temporary residence in our midst.  God came to earth to wear our sandals for a time!   

The gospel writer went on in v. 14 to say, “and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”  And then, in v. 16, regarding that grace, John wrote, “And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.”  

Since the fullness of the Godhead dwells in Jesus (Col. 1:19), every spiritual reality is found in him.  His grace is always full.  And because He has a continual supply of grace, to whatever degree He gives it out to his people it can never be exhausted.  He gives “grace upon grace,” which literally means that He gives “grace replenishing grace.”  Simply put, in Christ, we lack nothing! 

The Emancipating Word  

This baby called Jesus is, lastly, the emancipating Word of God.  He is the One who has freed sinners from the penalty of sin.  

Jesus is God in flesh—He is the Revealer of God to all creation.  He is Life and Light and Grace and Truth.  But He is also Savior.  John the Baptist in John 1:29 testified of him, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” 

The eternal Word of God “made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.”   But that’s not all Jesus did.  As the emancipating Word of God, “he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross!” (Philippians 2:8) 

Jesus—the eternal logos—took on human life, and then he gave it away so that we could be restored in what sin had destroyed, i.e. our relationship with God, the very purpose for which we were created.  Jesus “suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God.”  (1 Peter 3:18) 

And John tells us how we can claim for ourselves the life this baby Jesus has made available to us through his death on the cross.  He said in John 1:12 that “to all who did receive him, who believed in his name” meaning, to all who have believed in who He is and what He represents to the full extent of His self-revelation, to all who have accepted or embraced Him into their lives and thereby demonstrated their confidence in the reality and trustworthiness of what they embraced, He has emancipated from the penalty of and bondage to sin.  To those “he gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:12) 

Conclusion 

This baby called Jesus is the most extraordinary person alive.  He is the eternal Word.  He is God’s Explainer—the unique expression of God to us.  He is the Creator.  He is Life, Light, Grace & Truth.  He is the One and Only Son of God, and He is the Savior of the world.  In Him and through Him we can see God, we can know God personally and we can live with Him eternally.   

Who is this baby called Jesus?  He is the King of kings and Lord of lords!  Do you know Him?  I mean, do you know him personally?  Is this Christ-child whose birthday we celebrate on Christmas Day YOUR personal Savior?  Do you believe in who He is and what He has done for you?  Have you put your faith in Him for salvation (because there is no other way to God but through Him)?  Have you embraced Him into your life?   

If you don’t know the Christ Child personally, then the very best Christmas gift you could receive this year is to come to know Him, to receive His forgiveness for your sin, and to submit to Him the control of your life.   

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