'TIL HE APPEARED
I JOHN 3: 5,8 & 4:9
Jesus Christ laid aside His robes of eternal glory and became
enshrouded in swaddling clothes for a purpose. This was the
greatest extraterrestrial rescue mission ever attempted. It had more
peril programmed into the mission than Apollo 13 multiplied a
thousand-fold. There was no escape vehicle for the cosmic Christ.
His mission had been pre-programmed and chronicled over a
period of 1500 years. More than 330 exact details were penned by
Old Testament prophets. There was to be no lack of understanding
of the mission.
After the accomplishment of His mission to liberate and extricate
doomed human beings one of His earthly companions wrote of the
reason for it. John, who shared His earth walk gave three reasons
for this daring undertaking.
I. TO PARDON I JOHN 3: 5
"And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and
in Him there is no sin." The word "manifested" or "appeared"
translates the Greek word PHANEROO, which means to remove a
lid, or pull a curtain. It speaks of divine revelation. That is what
happened in Bethlehem. God was unveiled and revealed as never
John 1: 1 says, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was
with God, and the Word was God."
Persons who master more than one language know that in some
languages you can say things you can't say in certain other
languages. There are no words by which certain words can be
Literally, the Greek structure says, "Before time began to begin the
Word was..." Time was a part of creation. Creation involved time,
matter, and space - all three. Before time began to begin Christ
The word "Word" translates the Greek word Logos. "In the
beginning was the Logos." Or, "Before time began to begin was the
To find the meaning of a word look to see how it was used during
the time it was employed. At the time of John's writings "L ...
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