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24 April 2009

all roads lead to Jesus

"But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself." Jesus

"All individual stories (in the Bible) point us to Jesus... Jesus is the true and better Adam who passed the temptation test in the garden and whose obedience is imputed to us (1Cor 15). Jesus is the true Able who through innocently slain has blood that cries out for our acquittal, not our condemnation (Heb 12:24). Jesus is the true Abraham who answered the call of God to leave all the familiar and to out into the void “not knowing whither he went!” Jesus is the true "Isaac" who is the son of the laughter of grace who was offered up for us all. He is the true Jacob, who wrestled with God and took the blow of justice we deserved so we like Jacob only receive the wounds of grace to wake us up. He is the true 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). He is the true Rock of Moses who, struck with the rod of God's justice. now gives us water in the desert. He is the true Joshua who is the general of the Lord's army. He is the true and better Job--the only innocent sufferer who then intercedes for his friends (Job 42). Jesus is the better Samson. whose death accomplishes so much good (Judges 16:31). He is the true David, whose victory becomes his people's victory though they never lifted a stone to accomplish it themselves. Jesus is the true "Teacher" (Ecclesiastes) who may lead us through despair to help us find God. He is the true Jonah who went into the belly of the earth and so the people could be saved.” Tim Keller

And there is more...

"Jesus is the one through whom all people are created (John 1)… Jesus is the one who went through temptation and probation in the wilderness.... The exodus point to the true exodus Jesus led for his people through his death (Luke 9:31). He led them not just out of economic and political bondage, but out of bondage to sin and death itself… Jesus is very literally the true Israel, the Seed (Ga1.3: 16-17). He is the only one who is faithful to the covenant. He is a remnant of one. He fulfills all the obligations of the covenant. And earns the blessings of the covenant for all who believe. When Hosea talks about the exodus of Israel from Egypt, he says. 'Out of Egypt I have called my son" (Hos. 11: 1). Hosea calls all of Israel 'my son". But Matthew quotes this verse referring to Jesus (Matt.2: 15) because Jesus is the true Israel.” Tim Keller

All Biblical symbols point to Jesus. The bronze snake, the water of life from the smitten rock point to him. The entire sacrificial and temple system point to Jesus. Jesus is the sacrifice all the sacrifices point to (Hebrews 10). He is the bread on the altar in the temple (John 6). He is the light stand in the Holy Place (John 8) and the temple itself (John 2). In Jesus is the fulfillment of all the ceremonial clean laws about foods and ritual purification (Acts 10 and 11). We are now clean in him (Col. 2:10-11). Jesus is the Passover lamb (1 Cor. 5:7). The Sabbath and the Jubilee point to him.

It's all about Jesus!

As he said himself "I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty." Revelations 1:8

The above quote is from an excellent teaching series by Tim Keller on "Preaching Christ to a Postmodern World."


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