No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known. John 1:18 (ESV)
This verse concludes John’s incomparable introduction of our incomparably unique Savior which has carried us to the furthest horizons of time and the ultimate depths of the Triune Godhead. In the coming chapters he will move to the theme which will occupy much of his gospel, the actual ministry of the Incarnate King, the very “Word made flesh!”
But before we move on, we should ask at least a couple of questions. What is your reaction to these things? Do you know the truth of them personally?
The late James Boice shares that one of the most memorable sermons that he ever came across was preached by the late Emil Brunner in Switzerland. It was based on the phrase “faith, hope, and love.”
The points were that every person has a past, a present, and a future. Every person has a problem in their past, a problem in their present, and a problem in their future.
The problem in our past is sin, but God has the answer to that problem. The answer is faith, faith in the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The problem in our future is death, but God has an answer to that problem also. The answer to that problem is hope, hope in Christ’s return based on the fact of his historical resurrection and his promises.
The problem in our present is hate, and God’s answer to that problem is love. It is the love of Christ lived out in the lives of those who trust him.
Brunner was entirely right! And he was right not only in highlighting the three great problems; he was right in pointing to the unique Christ as the answer!
Has Christ become the ultimate answer to the problems in your life? He is the only one who will ever answer them completely!
*Credits: Bruce Milne and James Boice