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  • Rick LoPresti

Point of origin

People try to smear the Lord Jesus and portray Him as someone who was unsure of Himself, did not know who He was, where He came from, what He was doing, or where He was going. This is a most absurd perversion of the record in the gospels. He knew exactly who He was, and asserted it over and over in word and deed. The closest thing He ever had to a moment of uncertainty was just before He died on the cross and He cried out, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me (Matthew 27:46)?" It was not that He was actually forsaken. It was that He was fulfilling prophecy (Psalm 22:1), and He was taking our place as someone whose sins separated him from God for eternity (Isaiah 53). Jesus knew who He was because He knew where He came from. His enemies were continually questioning this, and He always answered them that He came from heaven, and He came from the Father; especially in the book of John (John 3:13, John 5:36-37, John 6:32-62, John 7:26-29, John 8:14 & 42, John 9:29-33, John 16:27-28). When Jesus said He came from heaven, He did not mean He existed before He came to earth in the flesh or otherwise as the Son.He existed before His incarnation as the Father (John 10:30, John 14:7-11). When He said the Father sent Him, He did not mean the Father and the Son are separate and distinct persons in the Godhead. He who was sent was begotten on a specific day and not eternal (Psalm 2:7, John 1:!4, John 3:16, Acts 13:33, Hebrews 1:5). Jesus was both God and man, divine and human, Spirit and flesh, Father and Son. Just because men do not know who He is does not mean He has the same problem.

He knew who He was because He knew where He came from. Because He knew where He came from, He knew where He was going (John 3:!3, John 7:33-36, John 8:21-24, John 13:33-37, John 14:1-4 & 28, John 16:4-7 & 16-19 & 27-28, John 17:11-13). He knew His point of origin and His destination. Therefore He knew His purpose:

A. Mt 3:11 – to baptize with the Holy Ghost

B. Mt 5:17 – to fulfill the law

C. Mt 9:13 – to call sinners to repentance

D. Mt 10:34-35 – to send a sword, to set a man at variance (Lk 12:49-51 – to send fire, to give


E. Mt 18:11 - to save that which was lost (Lk 19:10)

F. Mt 20:28 – to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many

G. Mk 1:38 – to preach

H. Lk 9:56 – to save men’s lives

I. Jn 6:30 – to do the will of him that sent him

J. Jn 6:50-58 – (the living bread) which if any man eat, he shall live forever

H. Jn 9:39 – for judgment

I. Jn 10:10 – that they might have life, and that they night have it more abumdantly

J. Jn 12:27 – for this cause (to die)

K. Jn 12:46 – that whosoever believeth in him should not abide in darkness

L. Jn 12:47 – to save the world

M. Jn 15:22 – (to remove their) cloke for their sin

N. Jn 18:37 – to bear witness to the truth

O. Eph 2:17 – to preach peace

P. 1Tim 1:15 – to save sinners

Q. 1Jn 5:20 – (to give) us an understanding, that we may know him

Without understanding that we are all created by God, we cannot know our point of origin. That is what makes evolution such a dangerous doctrine. It disconnects us from that. When we do not know where we came from, we cannot know where we are going or why we are here. Jesus not only died to pay for our sins. He died to reconnect us with our point of origin - our Creator. When that happens, we can find our true purpose - to do His will. When that happens, we become truly dangerous to the enemy of our souls. That is why the devil fights this so much. When we connect to our true point of origin, we come to understand where we are going. God has a destiny for everyone in this life, and that which is to come. God does everything with a purpose. He is not random or spontaneous. He always makes a plan and sticks to it. He knows how to bring His will to pass (Isaiah 55:11).

It doesn't always look like things that are going on in our lives or in the world are the plan of God. That is not His fault. That has to do with man and the devil. Yet God is ultimately sovereign and will be victorious in the end. When we get in line with the will of God for us, then we can also have the same clarity that Jesus had about origin, purpose, and destination. The world thinks the questions of origins, purpose, and destination are the great unanswered and even unanswerable mysteries. This is only true for people who are disconnected from the Creator. Those who know Him have these answers (John 3:8, John 14:1-3, John 15:19, John 16:24). Those who were not truly in relationship with God did not understand or refused to understand who Jesus is, where He came from, and where He was going. The same is true today of His people. The world will never understand the true church, where it came from, its purpose, or where it is going. That is special insider information only those connected to their origin can understand. Yet God does not want to keep this a secret. He invites all to come to Him, to know Him, and in knowing Him to find their true life in Him (1John 5:20). God does not hide Himself from us nearly as much as we attempt to hide ourselves from Him.

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