The most important fact about Jesus Christ is that He is God. To understand this concept, we need to see if Jesus has the qualities of God. One quality of God that Jesus has is eternality – has always been.
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called
Prince of Peace.
We hear this verse often at Christmas time when we celebrate the Incarnation of Jesus (a topic that I will write about later). Notice His name – Eternal Father. This gives us a hint of His eternality.
In the New Testament we get more information about this quality of Jesus, beginning with John 1:1-2.
In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
To understand that the Word is really Jesus we have read further down in the chapter to verse 14.
And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us,
and we saw His glory,
glory as of the only begotten from the Father,
full of grace and truth.
The Word who according to verse 1 is God became man. Jesus is the only person who fits this description.
A name of Jesus gives us more information:
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last,
the beginning and the end.
You may think that this name indicates that He had a beginning and He will end sometime in the future. This name is much more encompassing than that, but a statement from the book of Hebrews should help.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Jesus has always been and will always be. This concept of Jesus should make all that we know about Him more meaningful. He was not a passing figure of history. All of His teachings have permanence and more value because He has always been. It is important that we learn about Him and follow Him, because His words will last as long as He does – forever.