Unlimited: He Came Down from Heaven
Oct 3, 2019 1923
No one has gone up to heaven except the one who came down from heaven, the Son of Man who is in heaven (John 3:13, ISV).
When Jesus says this to Nicodemus, he doesn’t mean it literally. He’s actually referring to a poetic and mysterious part of the book of Proverbs called the “sayings of Agur.” The writer challenges the hearer to understand and be wise (Proverbs 30:1–3), and then he challenges the hearer with:
Who has ascended into heaven and descended?
…What is His name or His son’s name?
Surely you know! (Proverbs 30:1–4, NASB).
Agur’s questions culminate in the name of the Son. The key point that Jesus is making to Nicodemus is that he is God’s Son. If you read Proverbs 30, you will see that Jesus isn’t just claiming to be the Messiah. He is also claiming to be God himself, for the one who ascends and descends in Proverbs 30 is the Creator God.
Jesus goes on to tell Nicodemus that all of existence depends on that same Son and that his own salvation depended on believing in him (John 3:18). Should anyone not believe in his name, indeed, they have been judged already (vv.14-18).
Jesus is the one who has come down from heaven (John 3:31). By doing that, Jesus has interrupted the history of this world. He wants to interrupt your life, so that one day you may be able to go up to heaven with him.
– Eliezer Gonzalez
Eli’s Reflection: Go out at night to a place where you can clearly see the stars. Look up and wonder at the sight as you pray. Ask yourself this: What is your response to the fact that Jesus came down from heaven for you?