TEXT: Isaiah 9:6-7; John 1:1-5,14; Hebrews 13:8
In a few days we will be commemorating the birth of Jesus. To the one who really understands what that means to the world, it is a special time of rejoicing as eternal salvation depends on that wonderful Gift of God (John 3:16). Our text brings out some other remarkable truths concerning Jesus, in that He existed prior to His birth (John 1:1-3), and that one day He will establish a Kingdom that will never end. See Isaiah 9:7.
- The Child spoken of by the Prophet Isaiah in our text was the earthly manifestation of the Second Person of the eternal Trinity, Jesus. How could the prophet know about the birth of this Child over 700 years before it came to pass? See 2 Peter 1:21.
- In the first verse of the Gospel of John, to what do you thing “In the beginning” refers? What part did Jesus actually have in the creation of the universe?
- Explain in your own words the meaning of John 1:5.
- When Jesus said, “I am . . . the life,” what other attributes did He add to that statement in the following Scriptures?
- In our key verse, the statement is made that the Lord is, was, and is to come. We have explored Biblical references to the fact that He was with God at the time of Creation, thus establishing that He was. Name some ways that it can be proved that Christ is alive today.
- Having established that Christ is and was, on what can we base our belief that Christ will be in the future? Use Mark 16:19, Revelation 1:4-7, and any other Scriptures you can find to substantiate your answer.
- According to Romans 1:3-4 Jesus Christ “was made of the seed of David according to the flesh,” but was “declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness.” What stated truth in the verses mentioned gives additional proof of Christ’s being eternal?
- In our text (John 1:14) we read that the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. Explain what this means to you.
- In reading our text we have learned the truths concerning Jesus prior to His birth, and of His presence with us today. What promise do we find regarding His coming Kingdom?
- In knowing by the authority of God’s Word that Jesus Christ was, is, and always will be, how should we act or react to this knowledge? See Hebrews 1:10-14 and 2:1-4.
- In what ways has the Lord been these things to you?
The mighty God
The everlasting Father
The Prince of Peace