The Biblical record … “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen 1:1a NIV) brings to human history the first revelation of the Creator God. The unfolding presentation of the Creator God progresses throughout the Scriptures as He purposes to have relationship with the creature, specifically mankind.
As the “ego eimi,” the I AM of whom Moses spoke, the previous articles of Sharing the Word have noted that each major segment of history received the knowledge of the self existing, self sustaining, and ever Living God, who would, at the right time in the Father’s Plan, take upon Himself the form and appearance of man to accomplish a redemptive solution for the quagmire of sin that inundated the human race as a result of the Fall.
God’s righteousness demanded perfection, no contamination of His character by association with sin. The Justice of God would have to satisfy those righteous demands if mankind were to ever have relationship with God. Any redemptive work on behalf of the human race could not come from the hand or thinking of the fallen creature. It must be entirely a divine work of love and grace accomplished apart from human effort, and one that would not compromise the essence of the Godhead, ever pure and holy.
The Apostle Paul wrote … “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus” (Rom 3:23-24 NIV). How then was this Christ, first revealed to Moses as the I AM, going to provide a redemptive act so that man could have an eternal relationship with God? Whatever that act of grace would be, it must result in the sin debt of each individual being removed, paid in full, so that the only issue would be one’s response to the Person and Work of Christ on the Cross.
This would indeed be a unique Plan and Work to be executed by a unique individual, the God-Man. Isaiah, God’s prophet to Israel, in the process of pronouncing God’s judgment on the nation, suddenly announces a one of a kind birth that would circumvent the acquisition of a sin nature that occurs through normal procreation and bring redemption to the nation and all mankind through the sacrifice of One Person. “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel” (Isa 7:14 NIV).
Centuries passed with no such birth until God’s perfect time came. Dr. Luke records in the first chapter of his gospel as translated in the NIV … “in the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.(Luke 1:26-28 NIV) … You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus (Luke 1:31 NIV). …"How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?" The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:34-35 NIV).
This One was and is the provision of the Father, to fulfill His Plan to provide anyone with His kind of life, eternal life, so that whoever receives the offer of forgiveness solely on the basis of faith in the finished Work of Christ on the Cross would have eternal life and possess God’s righteousness. It is an offer freely given but one that requires a response as to whether this One really is the Christ, the I AM revealed to Moses, crucified on a Cross and risen out from the grave?
When the soldiers coming to arrest Jesus asked Him to identify Himself, His answer resounded throughout the heavens and all creation – “I AM [he]” (John 18:5 NIV), “the ego eimi.” Eternity will reveal if any of the soldiers believed in Him at that moment? What is your response?