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Before Abraham Was Born

October 20, 2017

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Before Abraham Was Born

We all have a time  when we were born.     Our conception and birth  are our very beginning,  our origin.     It’s the time  when we first started  to exist,  in time  and eternity.     There was no “me”  before I was conceived  and born  to my parents.

But,  our sort  of beginning  is very different  from Jesus’ birth  here on earth.     When the Jews  were questioning Jesus  about Himself,  Jesus explained  in John 8:56-58,

“Your father  Abraham  rejoiced  to see My day;  and he saw it,  and was glad.”

The Jews therefore said  to Him,  “You are not yet fifty years old,  and have You  seen Abraham?”

Jesus said  to them,  “Truly,  truly,  I say to you,  before Abraham  was born,  I AM.”

This is a very important truth  for all Christians  to know  when we wonder  about Jesus actually  being able  to save us  from our sins.     Jesus is no ordinary man  —  He is extraordinary  —  He is truly God  in the flesh  —  and that is what He explained  to the Jews.

When Jesus said, “Before Abraham was born,  I AM”,  He was saying  that He is  God Almighty  —  The Eternal One  —  in the flesh.     The Jews understood the name  “I AM”  because they knew  that when Moses  was approached  by God  to lead the Israelites out  of Egypt,  Moses questioned God  about his job.     We read about it  in Exodus 3:13-14.

Then Moses said  to God,  “Behold,  I am going  to the sons  of Israel,  and I shall say  to them,  ‘The God  of your fathers  has sent me  to you.’     Now they may say  to me,  ‘What is  His name?‘     What shall I say  to them?”

And God said  to Moses,  “I AM  WHO I AM”;  and He said,  “Thus you shall say  to the sons  of Israel,  ‘I AM  has sent me  to you.’

God’s way  of giving Himself  the name,  “I AM”  is the simplest way  that can be given  to people  to understand the truth  that God is  The Eternal One.     That name  in the Hebrew language  means,  “to exist,  to be  in existence”.     It means  God has no beginning  and no end.     So,  Jesus explaining  to the Jews  that Before Abraham was born,  I AM”  was the simplest way  Jesus could point out  this spiritual truth.

The fact  that Jesus is true man  and true God  is why He  —  and only He  —  has the power  to truly  wash away our sins.     Everything  and everyone else  is tainted  with sin.     Nothing else  is perfect enough  to honestly have  a cleansing power  for all the sin  in the world.

If we ever wonder  whether or not  Jesus could actually  wash away  all our sins,  we need  to turn  to this truth.     With the knowledge  that Jesus is  the fulfillment  of all the Old Testament prophecies  of a Savior  from sin,  we can be sure  He will keep His promise  to forgive  even us.

We can rejoice  knowing that Jesus  is our LORD  and God  and say,  “Hallelujah!     Our Savior exists eternally.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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