FIRST POSTED ON 1 DECEMBER 2019.
Shalom Aleichem and welcome to my Shabbat blog!
Today, as we turn to the New Testament, we begin here with a most challenging section, for who can adequately talk about Jesus Christ our great and awesome Lord and Saviour? As we recall some of the key truths we have learnt so far about Jesus (as well as others that I did not have the time to go into detail here but you can read up on your own), I wonder if our list matches that of our Lord’s when He explained to the disciples who were on the way to Emmaus what was said in all the Scriptures concerning Himself. Let us begin ...
Jesus is God.
Jesus is the Word (Logos) made flesh. He is the Rhema through whom God spoke Time and Creation into being and is also the fullest revelation of God to Man (Heb 1:1-3).
Jesus is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End (Rev 1:8, 21:6, 22:13). He existed before time and will bring all Creation into eternal Shalom in Him.
Jesus is the true Light foreshadowed in the First Day of Creation that drives out all darkness.
Although Jesus is God, He is also fully human. He is the true Son of Man promised to Adam and Eve immediately after the Fall to crush the head of Satan.
Jesus is the true Noah bringing us everlasting comfort and rest, the true Ark that lifts us out of the flood of God’s final judgment foreshadowed in the Second Day of Creation.
Jesus is the true Dry Ground that rescues us out of the sea of sin and death foreshadowed in the Third Day of Creation.
Jesus is the fulfilment of God’s covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Jesus is the true Isaac, the Son of Promise.
Jesus is the true Jacob, the first among the elect or chosen of God.
Jesus is the promised Messiah spoken of in the prophetic names of the 10 generations from Adam to Noah and the 12 Tribes of Israel.
Jesus is the suffering Lamb of God (Messiah ben Joseph) and victorious Lion of Judah (Messiah ben Judah).
Jesus is both King and Priest foreshadowed by King Melchizedek of ancient Jerusalem.
Jesus is the true Moses, leading us out of bondage and slavery to sin.
Jesus is the blood of the true Firstborn sacrificed so that God’s judgment will pass over us.
Jesus is the Greater Light foreshadowed in the Fourth Day of Creation.
Jesus is the fulfilment of the Law, meeting its requirements on our behalf and enabling us to live by its standard of love through the help of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus is the true Tabernacle of God with Man, opening a new Way through the torn veil of His body into the Truth and Life of the very Holy presence of God (Heb 10:19-20). He is the true Sacrifice on the altar, the true Waters of cleansing, the true Bread of life, Lamp of truth, Incense of intercession, and Mercy Seat.
Jesus is the true perfect High Priest and all-sufficient Sacrifice taking away our sins once and for all time.
Jesus is our true Sabbath Day rest foreshadowed in the Seventh Day of Creation when He returns during the Millennium.
Jesus is the fulfilment of the seven Feasts of God - the true Passover Lamb who lived a sinless (unleavened) life, the firstfruits among the elect, the Giver of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, our Hope of redemption when He returns at the Last Trumpet, our Perfect High Priest and Sacrifice on the Day of Atonement, and our final and eternal Tabernacle.
Jesus is our true Eighth Day Sabbath giving us eternal rest in His presence.
Jesus is our true Hanukiah, giving light to the world at His conception.
Jesus is our true Sabbatical Year of rest and Jubilee Year of freedom from our debt of sin.
Jesus is the true Manna from heaven and Water of Life from the Rock of our salvation during our wilderness journey here on earth.
Jesus is the true Red Heifer sacrifice, sold for the price of a female slave and crucified outside the camp by Roman soldiers to cleanse us.
Jesus is the Bronze Snake that was lifted up for our salvation.
Jesus is the true Prophet referred to by Moses, making Jesus our Prophet, Priest and King.
Jesus is the true Joshua who leads us into the Promised Land of eternal rest.
Jesus is our true Kinsman-Redeemer by becoming a man so that he can redeem us as a near kin/relative, paying the full price by dying on the Cross.
Jesus is the prophesied Son of David who fulfills God’s covenant with Israel’s greatest king to establish David’s throne forever.
Jesus is the one whom the Prophets spoke of - the Messiah who would come as a Suffering Servant and King of Kings, the Righteous Branch that would remove sin in one day, the Root of Jesse, Immanuel (“God with us”), a Stumbling Stone to Israel and Judah but a Cornerstone of Zion, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace, Light to the Gentiles, Redeemer, Son of Man, Rock cut out not by human hands that struck the feet of iron and clay and became a mountain over the whole earth, the Good Shepherd that would be smittened and rejected … the list goes on and on and on.
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