Last week we talked about Jesus coming to earth because of His love for us. He brought us salvation in order to restore our relationship with the Father. This week we are going to look at how Jesus brought heaven to earth and what that means for us. We will also look at the significance of Jesus living as a man and how He set an example for us to follow until He returns.
I. The incarnation of Jesus
John 1:1-14: In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. God sent a man, John the Baptist, to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony. John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light. The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God. So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.
This is a clear picture of Jesus’ deity. He was he in the beginning. He had key role in the creation of the world. He came down to earth as a human and lived among us!
Philippians 2:5-11: You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
This text gives us clear insight as to how Jesus lived His life on earth.
this word means to be emptied
Jesus was fully God and fully man. He laid aside his rights as God and became a servant.
“While Jesus is eternally God, He emptied Himself of His divine powers and became a man (see Phil. 2:7). It's vital to note that He did all His miracles as a man, not as God. If He did them as God, I would still be impressed. But because He did them as a man yielded to God, I am now unsatisfied with my life, being compelled to follow the example He has given us. Jesus is the only model for us to follow.”
- Bill Johnson, “Claiming the Power to Heal as Jesus Did”
Bill Johnson has been called a heretic because of how he interprets this Scripture. He is not saying that Jesus is not God. He is saying that Jesus did miracles through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Luke 4:1-2: Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan River. He was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where he was tempted by the devil for forty days. Jesus ate nothing all that time and became very hungry.
This text follows right after Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist.
Why was Jesus Baptized? He was without sin, so He didn’t need to be. Jesus was baptized because He set a pattern for us to follow. Not only was He baptized in water, but also the dove which represents the Holy Spirit rested upon Him. This symbolizes that He was filled with the Spirit.
This text mentions that Jesus was full of the Holy Spirit.
Why was Jesus full of the Holy Spirit if He is God? Because He did everything through the direction of the Father and through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus was tempted by Satan and we know Jesus was able to resist Satan and did not sin. Jesus also stayed true to his human side and did not use his powers as God. He was hungry and his body was frail after the 40 days of fasting. Angels came to take care of Jesus.
Luke 4:14: Then Jesus returned to Galilee, filled with the Holy Spirit’s power. Reports about him spread quickly through the whole region.
Jesus returned to Galilee filled with the Holy Spirit’s power. We never hear of Jesus performing any miracles until after His baptism. The power of the Holy Spirit came upon him at baptism. This is significant for us.
II. He came to initiate the existence and realization of the Kingdom of God one earth
Mark 1:14-15: Later on, after John was arrested, Jesus went into Galilee, where he preached God’s Good News. “The time promised by God has come at last!” he announced. “The Kingdom of God is near! Repent of your sins and believe the Good News!”
What was Jesus’ message? The Kingdom of God is near!
Luke 17:20-21: One day the Pharisees asked Jesus, “When will the Kingdom of God come?” Jesus replied, “The Kingdom of God can’t be detected by visible signs. You won’t be able to say, ‘Here it is!’ or ‘It’s over there!’ For the Kingdom of God is already among you.”
This is an interesting answer to a question about the Kingdom of God. What did Jesus mean when He said, “For the Kingdom of God is already among you.” Jesus is the Kingdom of God. It his presence that brings forth the rule and reign of His Kingdom.
Colossians 1:27: “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
Jesus resides in us at salvation. He deposits His Spirit within us. We carry His presence wherever we go, which means His Kingdom is wherever we go!
How did Jesus teach us to pray?
Matthew 6:10 (NKJV): Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.
God can change any situation because His Kingdom is not bound by our laws of nature. That’s why the prisoners are set free, the blind see and the dead are resurrected!
III. Jesus came to give us an example to follow
Luke 9:23: Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me.
Matthew 10:7-8: Go and announce to them that the Kingdom of Heaven is near. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons. Give as freely as you have received!
1 Corinthians 11:1: And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ.
I am so thankful that Jesus came to earth and humbled himself as a man. I am so thankful that He understands our struggles and and our pains. He brought heaven to earth so that we can have hope now. He showed us how to walk in the power of the Spirit and to release His Kingdom here on earth. We just need to have faith in Him and walk in obedience to His word. When we do this, we will never be the same and our world will never be the same!