Jesus In Time
(Min. Hal Ringold) Oct. 17, 2012
JIT - Background
JIT is a Japanese management philosophy which has been applied in practice since the early 1970s in many Japanese manufacturing organizations. It was first developed and perfected within the Toyota manufacturing plants by Taiichi Ohno as a means of meeting consumer demands with minimum delays . Taiichi Ohno is frequently referred to as the father of JIT.
As I thought about this it occurred to me that God was the father of JIT. Borrowing the acronym JIT let's explore the reality that God thru His only son Jesus is in fact a Just In Time God.
Bible students will remember Genesis 3:21 that God tailor made Adam & Eve's clothing after they sinned in the garden not before.
Exodus 16 that when God sent Moses to deliver and lead the children of Israel into the promised land that God provided for their food every morning with manna for breakfast and quail meat for dinner.
In Gen. 22 Abraham about to sacrifice his only son Isaac as a burnt offering when He heard the Angel of the Lord, shout Abraham Abraham "Lay not thine hand upon the lad" Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns.
When we think of how the 3 Hebrew boys were thrown in a fiery furnace and a fourth person fourth is like the Son of God personally delivered the miracle to them JIT.
Queen Ester went by faith before the King to plead for the people and at the last moment Haman's wicked plans fell upon himself and the people were saved.
We see that many needs were met by God exists outside of time yet delivering them to His people Just in Time.
Since God is spirit” (John 4:24) God is timeless and can not be held to or confined by Time
This became apparent more so after Christ became incarnate. Now Jesus is Emmanuel God with us in this earth governed by time in other words He entered the time zone.
*Galatians 4: 4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
Instead of answers right on time Jesus appears where the problems are about to happen
When Mary Jesus mother needed more wine at the wedding in cana Jesus was already there
Mark 1:21 - 28 Jesus was preaching in Capernaum when a demonic man cried out why are you tormenting us before time then He commanded the demon come out.
The subject of the preincarnate existence of Christ, and His preincarnate works, is important for four reasons. First, His preexistence is a necessary attribute. If Christ did not exist prior to His incarnation, then He cannot be God. Second, it is important that the Christian have a firm knowledge of the preincarnate Christ in order to avoid being tossed to and fro by the winds of false doctrine which Satan is constantly blowing our way through the vehicle of the false cults. Third, it gives the Christian a greater appreciation of the unity of the Scriptures. And fourth, it gives the Christian a greater arpreciation of certain passages of the Bible.
Christ's Preincarnate Existence
As stated above, it is essential that the preexistence of Christ be proven in order to prove His deity. In this section, the fact of Christ's preincarnate existence will be established.
Old Testament Evidence
Direct Scriptural Evidence
Micah 5:2 states that Israel's Messiah would come from Bethlehem, and He is described as He "whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting." This states not only His preexistence but the fact that He has existed from eternity. The term "from everlasting" is, according to A.R. Fausset, "the strongest assertion of infinite duration of which the Hebrew language is capable."1 The term is also used in Psalm 90:2 and Proverbs 8:22,23. In Isaiah 9:6, Israel's Messiah is described as the "everlasting Father" or,...
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