Friday, November 13, 2020
Have you ever been told something that so riled you up that you lost control of your emotions and lashed out at them? Have you ever wanted to eliminate someone that offended you? Has your perceived right to defend your personal belief system caused you to use words or actions to harm someone who disagrees with you? That’s exactly what happens to Jesus at the hands of His people.
At the conclusion of His dialogue with the Jews, Jesus declares that He is the Eternal God of Abraham. Jesus makes a statement that drives the Jewish religious leaders to the brink of committing murder. Jesus says, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.” In that one statement Jesus declares that He existed in eternity prior to Abraham being born. Jesus declared himself to be God.
We do not believe in a Savior who is subject to any limitations. He is not a mere prophet who lived and died. He is not simply a great man with good ideas. He is not confined to a finite existence within the boundaries of time and space. Jesus Christ is eternal. He is the great I AM.
As I thought about that this morning in my personal devotions, I was led by the Spirit to read the following Psalm and praise the eternal nature of God. May it also encourage you.
“The Lord reigns; he is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed; he has put on strength as his belt. Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved. Your throne is established from of old; you are from everlasting. The floods have lifted up, O Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their roaring. Mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than the waves of the sea, the Lord on high is mighty! Your decrees are very trustworthy; holiness befits your house, O Lord, forevermore.”
Psalm 93:1-5 ESV