Have you ever heard the phrase that “He/She has been here before”? It is usually used when a young child does or says something that is so profound that it hints at prior knowledge. The phrase seems to be primarily used when the thing said or the feat accomplished seems impossible for the individual to have carried out. I am not hinting for a single moment at re-incarnation nor do I think that there is a stream of knowledge running through the space time continuum that we can consciously or un-consciously tap into. I speak completely from a Christian perspective and wish to apply this phrase to another individual that I am sure you all heard off, namely Jesus.
When thinking about this common phrase and the extraordinary Jesus we see in the New Testament I see a parallel. This to some might seem blasphemous or belittling of God but I actually believe that God speaks to you and me using everyday examples that are backed up by his word. In fact Jesus taught great crowds of people using everyday language and examples that they would understand. Any good communicator seeks to strike a chord with his or her audience by relating and communicating in a way that they will understand.
There was something about Jesus that was incredible and wise, something that was God like about him. Now we could study the person of Jesus (Christology) all day and it truly would be fascinating to study and to understand why he said and did what he did. Suffice it to say that he was full of Love, Wisdom, Grace, Forgiveness, Compassion, Faith, and not forgetting the miraculous.
Let’s look at the key verses to support what I have been saying.
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
Here we have the opening three verses in John which is laid out so similar to the opening verses in Genesis. In fact I would go far as to say that John was wishing to communicate to a predominately Jewish audience. John’s motive was clear to prove that Jesus was one and the same as almighty God and that he pre-existed.
The concept of the Word used here is meant to lead the reader to assume that Jesus was the word. Jesus was in fact one with God, He pre-existed and was there in the beginning and He was one with almighty God, in fact He was God’s equal. This coupled with later statements about the Holy Spirit leads us to understand God as part of a Trinity.
Verse two says that He was with God in the beginning which means that Jesus was present at creation. The third verse goes even further by stating that “through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made”. Jesus not only took part in the creation of the heavens and the Earth but without him nothing could have been made.
Jesus came to us in the form of a baby born by Immaculate Conception to the Virgin Mary. Jesus stepped out of eternity and into our mortal limited timelines, He lead a perfect sinless life displaying how we are meant to been in complete relationship with God the father. He performed the miraculous to display God’s love for us. He took the weight of all sin past, present and future upon himself at the Cross and died a death he did not deserve. But that was only the beginning; Jesus was raised from the grave three days later and went on to teach his disciples about the kingdom of God before ascending and returning with his Father. He did not leave us alone he made a way for us to enter into relationship with God starting now and leading into eternity. Jesus left the Holy Spirit that will help guide, empower and strengthen Christians worldwide.
Everything points to a supernatural reason for Jesus and leads me on to that everyday phrase that “He’s been here before” of that I am convinced.