THE BIBLE-PART III

IT'S THEME           

                           

     Jesus said "Search the scriptures . . . they are they which testify of me" (John 5:39). Later, on the night of His resurrection, Jesus said, "These are the words which I spoke to you, while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses and the prophets, and the Psalms, concerning me." (Luke 24:44 - NKJV).

     In these few words, Jesus confirmed that He was spoken historical, prophetical and the poetical sections of the Old Testament. He is, in deed, the THEME of the the Scriptures! A careful study of the Bible will reveal Him as its central subject, hence, it's THEME. What a HUB is to a wheel, CHRIST is to the Bible. It revolves around Him. All its types point to Him, all its truths converge in Him, all its glories reflect Him and all its promises radiate from Him.

     Abel's lamb was a type of Jesus. Abraham offering Isaac was a type of God giving His Son of the Cross of Calvary. The Passover Lamb in Egypt was a type of Jesus. The brazen servant on a pole was a type of Jesus on the cross.

     The scarlet thread Rahab the harlot hung in a window in Jericho typified Jesus. It was for the physical good of Jacob's family and for our edification now, that Joseph's brothers sold him to a caravan, causing Joseph to ultimately rise to power in Egypt second only to the king of Egypt, making Joseph a type of Christ.

     Jesus was with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, and He was with Abel in his death. 

     Christ walked with Enoch and rode with Noah in the ark. Jesus ate with Abraham in his desert tent and He plead with Lot to get out of Sodom before He destroyed it.

     Jesus watched Isaac as he reopened the wells his father Abraham had dug and He wrestled with Jacob at Peniel.

     He watched over Moses in the ark of bulrushes, talked with him from the burning bush, went into Egypt with him. He opened the Red Sea, fed him with bread from heaven. Finally, after 120 years of blessed companionship, that left no marks of the passing of time upon Moses, God led Moses to the plains of Moab to the top of Pisgah, let him take one long fore long look at the Promised Land, kissed him to sleep, folded Moses hands over his breast and buried him in an unmarked grave, to sleep in Jesus til that last trump and the resurrection day.

     Jesus was the captain of the Lord's host to Joshua. He was with Gideon and his famous 300. He was with Samuel as he rebuked Saul and with Solomon as he built the first temple. He was with king Hezekiah when Sennacherib invaded the land and with Josiah in his great reformation that brought the people back to the Law.

     Christ was with Ezekiel and Daniel in Babylon. He was with Jeremiah in Egypt and with Ezra when he returned from Babylon and with Nehemiah when he rebuilt the wall.

     Abraham saw His day and rejoiced. Jacob called Him the Lawgiver of Judah. Moses called Him the Prophet that was to come. Job called Him "my living Redeemer". Daniel called Him the "Ancient of days". Jeremiah called Him "The Lord of Righteousness". Isaiah called Him "Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.".

     Micah tells of the place of His birth. Jonah tells of His death, burial and resurrection. Joel describes the day of His wrath. In fact, "It matters little where we wander down the aisles, avenues, by-ways, or highways of the Old Testament. Jesus walks beside us as He walked beside the two disciples on that dusty road to Emmaus on that glorious resurrection day long, long ago." (quoted from Sam Morris in "Anchors of Hope".)

     The Bible's types tell of Him, It's sacrifices show him, It's symbols signify Him, It's histories are His-Stories, It's songs are His sentiments, It's prophecies are His pictures, Its promises are His pledges; and our hearts burn within us as we walk beside Him across It's living pages!

     In the New Testament there are four personal histories of Jesus' earthly life. He is Christ the King in Matthew, He is the Servant in Mark, He is the Man in Luke and the Incarnate Word in John.

     Jesus  is both God and Man; two individuals united in one personality. I like the way Dr. R. G. Lee expresses it:

     "As a man He thirsted; as God, He gave living water. As man, He went to a wedding; as God, He turned water to wine. As man, He slept in a boat; as God, He stilled the storm. As man, He was tempted; as God, He sinned not. As man He wept; as God, He raised Lazarus from the dead. As man, He prayed; as God, He makes intercession for all men."

     He is the Faithful Witness, the First Begotten of the dead, the Lord of Lords, King of Kings, Alpha and Omega, the first and the last. To John on Patmos, He declared, "I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death." (Revelation 1:18 NKJV).

     Jesus is the theme of the Bible from beginning to end. He is my Saviour; let Him be your Saviour, too!


     Just a thought across the garden gate from Parson Don



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