IT IS ALL ABOUT JESUS

**Jn 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. NIV
**Heb 1:3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word. NIV
**Col 1:15-17 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. NIV

Father, Son and Holy Spirit have been in existence since the beginning of time as we know it. Jesus, the image of the invisible God was with God and He is God. The Father’s desire is to draw all people unto Him through Jesus. It has always been about Jesus, whom God made heir of all things. He is the firstborn of all creation, where all authority on earth has been given to Him by the Father (Matt 28:18). His word is not passive, but actively maintaining all things in the past, present and future. Jesus is superior than all, including prophets, leaders and the like that have come and gone before Him, and who will come after Him. Jesus is God’s Son, whom God will lift up at any time, because He is well pleased with Him. Jesus is the radiance of God’s glory. God is glorified as in His own words spoken at different events (Mk 1:11, Matt 17:5). A parent would take delight lifting up her child in talking about the child’s accomplishments (for example at graduation) and the character that forms within the child. Back in the day, at first opportunity in conversation, a parent would pull out a wallet full of snapshots to show his pictures of his child, and nowadays if the conversation came about, it would be the camera roll on a Smartphone. Like a parent who lifts up her child with words of pleasure, so the Father takes pleasure in proclaiming that Jesus is His Son. As a parent receives good feedback about the child, the parent is well pleased, as the Father is well pleased when people marvel at the commendable things Jesus does and see His good character. The Father is exalted when the Son is exalted.

The message is the same in the Old Testament as in the New Testament. The Israelites were God’s chosen people through which nations would be drawn to God (Det 4:5-8). It was God’s intention that through the Jewish nation, God would draw all men unto Him (Isa 42:6). He would shower with blessing and His chosen would be drawn to obedience to Him where will He bless, and the nations will be drawn to God upon seeing this blessing. His chosen people were not always obedient, and without cleansing, impurities stood in between Him and His chosen. In wanting to be with His chosen, the Father sent Jesus to come and break away at barriers that formed over time to include the invitation of relationship with Him to all people including the Gentiles. God presents the opportunity for all people to have a relationship with Him through Jesus, where He will have a place in one’s life to offer in His love His blessing and delight in one, as a beloved adopted child of God (Eph 1:5). Though times change and as a result people change, God remains the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb 13:8). Just as a parent tells her child to invite friends over, the Father sends Jesus out to draw all people unto Him, to bring them home. This is God’s redemption story through all time. Through Jesus, He is getting His family back as the children have been led astray and scattered throughout the ever-changing world. As friends experience blessing through generosity of the parent and keep returning, so those whom Jesus brings before the Father will be blessed, and will keep returning. This is the beginnings of a restored relationship with the Heavenly Father that taking pleasure in His Son, He would be generous with those brought home to bring forth an intelligent, collaborative relationship knowing God, resulting in a certain maturity in blessings of life that radiates fellowship with God daily in the presence of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.