12/2/2013 - In the Beginning

Genesis 1:1 - In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

The journey to Advent did not begin with Joseph and Mary's first steps out of Nazareth, nor did it begin with an angel's promise to a young girl. Instead it began at the dawn of time when God spoke into existence everything that is, and everything that is to come.

John 1:1 tells us "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." and John 1:14 says "And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth."

Christ was not a pinch hitter or an emergency recruit. He was there at the dawn of the time. Looking down, He saw the sea upon which he would one day walk as a man, the mountain where He would deliver His best known sermon, the hill upon which He would be crucified.

Through time and space He saw the fall of mankind coming, the price of redemption that would be demanded of Him and yet He still smiled and said that it was good.

Why would He choose to do that? Why would Jesus give up the perfection of heaven to endure the sorrow of hell? It’s simple really.

In the beginning, Jesus looked down and He saw.....you.