…Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going back to God, … John 13:3
Father God, as I study Your Word, may Your Holy Spirit shine light upon Your Truth, making it clear to me…in my head and in my heart. In the Holy Name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
Jesus knew where He came from. He knew that He had been with the Father before time began.
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness. Genesis 1:26
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. John 1:1-2
“But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Too little to be among the clans of Judah,
From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel.
His goings forth are from long ago,
From the days of eternity.” Micah 5:2
…to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. Jude 25
And when Jesus was baptized, immediately He went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on Him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is My beloved Son, with Whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:16
As You sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. John 17:18
…come from God…
to issue (literally or figuratively):—come (forth, out), depart (out of), escape, get out, go (abroad, away, forth, out, thence), proceed (forth), spread abroad.
Before all time…from the days of eternity/the Ancient of days…in the beginning…the heavens were opened to Him…there was “us.” Jesus with God. Jesus is God. Jesus comes to earth as the One Whom God loves, Whom He sent, Who the Holy Spirit rested upon. They are Three in One. The Trinity.
Jesus knew He always had existed. He knew from Whom He had come. As He walked this earth, He was obedient to the Father for He had been commissioned by the One Who had sent Him. He glorified the Father in all He said and did. He mirrored the Father. He died for our sins and lifted us from the miry clay. Thank You, Jesus.
In John 13:3, there is another phrase that will complete my focus:
…and was going back to God, … John 13:3
He knew where He would return when He left this earth.
But now I am going to Him Who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ John 16:5
I came from the Father and have come into the world, and now I am leaving the world and going to the Father.” John 16:28
Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. John 13:1
And he said, “Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” And He said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” Luke 23:42-43
“Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek Me, and just as I said to the Jews, so now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going you cannot come.’” John 13:33
“You heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. “ John 14:28
…going back to God, …
to lead (oneself) under, i.e. withdraw or retire (as if sinking out of sight), literally or figuratively:—depart, get hence, go (a-)way.
Jesus always knew where He would go when His earthly life was complete. He knew He would return to the Father. He would sit at the right hand of the Father.
Do I know from where I came? Do I know where I am going?
I do know that I came from God. He wove me.
My frame was not hidden from You,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance;… Psalm 139:15-16a
He has plans for me. He knows them. Those plans include a future and a hope.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
He knows How long I will be alive on the earth and when I will return to Him.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in Your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. Psalm 139:16
BUT…I know so very little.
“O Lord, make me know my end
and what is the measure of my days;
let me know how fleeting I am! Psalm 39:4
Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow. Psalm 144:4
Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. James 4:14
What I do know is that I am a sinner. I know that Christ went to the Cross for me, died, was buried, and was resurrected. He saved me. I know that I am His. I know I will go to Heaven when my time here on earth is up. Hallelujah!!
Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 2 Thessalonians 4:17
ALWAYS! …and another Hallelujah!
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
Father, Thank You for reminding me of Who You are and Whose I am. Thank You for loving me so beautifully, so perfectly. I love You, Lord. I am Yours. Guide me along the path You have for me as I walk each day of my life. I have gray and white hair, Lord. I do not know how many more days I have, but I want to walk them with You, in obedience to You. I want to know You more and more in these days. I pray I am diligent to walk in Your Truth. I pray I remain the course. Protect me when the evil one happens by. I praise You for raining Your grace and mercy upon me. Oh, how I need them. I love Your peace that surrounds me. I know when I walk out-of-sync with You for the peace moves away and my spirit knows. Please draw me back. Oh, Father, I love You so. In Your Son’s Holy Name, I pray. Amen.
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