How to Get to Jesus

18 Nov

“And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.” Luke 24:27

How can we find Jesus in all of Scripture? One way is through the individuals of the Old Testament which point to Jesus as we locate them in the history of redemption, sometimes with the direct help of the New Testament writers.

Listen to Timothy Keller as you read this post.

“Jesus is the true and better Adam who passed the test in the garden and whose obedience is imputed to us. (1 Cor 15)

Jesus is the true and better Abel who though innocently slain has blood that cries out for our acquittal, not our condemnation. (Heb 12:24)

Jesus is the true and better Abraham who answered the call of God to leave all the comfortable and familiar and go out into the void “not knowing whither he went”! In order to create a new people for God.

Jesus is the true and better Isaac who was not just offered by his father on the mount but was truly sacrificed for us all. While God said to Abraham, “Now I know you love me, because you did not withold your son, your only son whom you love, from me” we can say to God “Now we know that you love us, because you did not withold your Son, your only Son whom you love, from us”.

Jesus is the true and better Jacob who made himself like his brother(s and sisters) before the Father. This time with the Father’s full knowledge so that He could secure blessing not for Himself but for others.

Jesus is the true and better Joseph who, at the right hand of the King, forgives those who betrayed and sold him and uses his new power to save them.

Jesus is the true and better Moses who stands in the gap between the people and the Lord and who mediates a new covenant. (Heb 3)

Jesus is the true and better Rock of Moses who, struck with the rod of God’s justice, now gives us water in the desert.

Jesus is the true and better Job – the truly innocent sufferer who then intercedes for and saves his stupid friends. (Job 42)

Jesus is the true and better David, whose victory becomes his people’s victory though they never lifted a stone to accomplish it themselves.

Jesus is the true and better Esther, who didn’t just risk losing an earthly palace but lost the ultimate heavenly one, who didn’t just risk His life but gave it- to save His people.

Jesus is the true and better Jonah who was cast out into the storm so we could be brought in.

Jesus is the real Rock of Moses, the real Passover Lamb, innocent, perfect, helpless, slain so the angel of death will pass over us. He’s the true temple, the true prophet, the true priest, the true king, the true sacrifice, the true lamb, the true light, the true bread.”

(Tim Keller, Resurgence 06, “Preaching the Gospel”)

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