Sunday, 20 November 2016

Offerer, Offering, Priest!

Leviticus is a book full of offerings and sacrifices. These sacrifices has three elements.

1.The one who offers
2. Offering
3. Priest

In Jesus, we have all these three.

who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. - Titus 2:14

He is the one who offers himself. No one took his life from him but he offered it for us.

By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
- Hebrews 10:10

He is not only the one who offers but he is our offering. 

Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God... Hebrews 4:14, 15

He is also our Great High Priest who represents us .

Time and again when sacrifices were made during the OT, they were affirming the one who would come. Lets praise him and be thankful for the grace of the one who offers, one who is our offering and one who is our great high priest.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Christ B.C

After resurrection, when two disciples were walking to Emmaus not knowing that Jesus had risen. Jesus joins them on the road and starts a conversation.He asks them the reason for their sadness and they tell that He is dead. :)

And Jesus calls them foolish and slow of heart. Then he explains the whole scriptures to them.

And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in ALL the Scriptures the things concerning Himself. - Luke 24: 27

In other words, Jesus wanted them to understand that the whole scriptures (the old testament was about Him). The reason they were sad is that they did not understand the scripture in the light of Jesus. 

And in verse 44, he says all that was written in Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me are fulfilled. That's how Jesus taught his disciples to read the bible. The key to open the old testament was Jesus. 

In John 5:39, Jesus says, all scriptures point to ME. 

Before Jesus entered this earth as a human, he was already there. Christ was there B.C (Before Christ). :) 

Not only some part of the bible but the whole bible is about Jesus.

Try studying the old testament in the light of Jesus and you would make the connections and know Him more. and may be your hearts would start to burn as you learn. 

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Visble Image of the Invisible God!

Have you ever wondered how would God look like? How would he think? What would make him joyful and what would make him sad? What would anger him?

Well, you don't have keep guessing. In Colossians 1:15 says Jesus is the visible image of the invisible God.
When you look closely at Jesus, you would know God. Jesus came to show how God would like.

Once Philip asked, “Jesus, can you show us the Father?" and Jesus replied, "If you’ve seen me, you’ve seen the Father.”

 In Jesus, we have a face for God.

Start seeing Jesus. Read about Jesus in the gospels. Talk about him to your friends. What you see in Jesus is the exact and correct representation of God.

Here are a few more verses:

God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself[a] purged our[b] sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,  - Hebrew 1:1-3

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

It's all about Me - Jesus

And Jesus explained to them what was said about himself in ALL the scriptures, beginning with the Books of Moses and the writings of all the prophets - Luke 24:27

According to Jesus, the whole of the Old Testament was about Him. He encouraged the two discouraged disciples to read the whole testament in the light of his life, death and resurrection.

Every Old Testament story takes a new meaning when you read it through the Jesus lens.
The story of Israel is no longer their story but the story of Jesus.

Today, I read the following story. A woman who had a huge amount of money and who spent half her lifetime touring the sites and art galleries of the world. She toured everywhere. She saw almost every major museum. But she found herself bored and weary.
Then she met a Frenchman who had no money, but who loved art and beauty, and began introducing her once more to the things she had already seen. Suddenly, everything was completely different in his company. When he opened her eyes, she saw things she had totally missed. And the more he taught her how to look at things, the more excited and vibrant she became. She told him, “I never knew what things were like until you taught me how to look at them.”

Old Testament is like that. When we see it in the light of Jesus’ light, everything becomes new.

That's the way Jesus wants us to read it! 

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Preaching Jesus!

 The 12 apostles and Paul's sermon seemed to be saturated with Christ. Here are some examples:

And daily in the temple, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ. - Acts 5:42

Then Philip went down to the[a] city of Samaria and preached Christ to them.  - Acts 8:5

Immediately he preached the Christ[c] in the synagogues - Acts 9:20

This Jesus whom I preach to you is the Christ - Acts 17:3

For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord - 2 Corinthians 4:5

and the list can go on. They spoke of nothing else. They spoke of Jesus all the time. They never were bored about it. They never thought that speaking of Jesus is just basic stuff. For them preaching about Jesus was the beginning and end. 

The sermons that we hear these days somehow seems to miss this obsession with Christ. There is a obsession with doctrines, principles, rules...but Jesus is missing from today's pulpit. How did we become like this?

My prayer is that this Jesus obsession would sweep over our churches but it would start with you and me.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

The Promise of His Presence

A friend of mine pointed out to me that Matthew talks about the same thing at the beginning and at the end and in the middle of his Gospel:

“… they will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God with us’)” Matthew 1:23
“…where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them” Matthew 18:20
“…surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” Matthew 28:20

That''s beautiful. This great God not only came to be with us but promises to be with us to the very end.

That's more than enough. His presence is all that we need!

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Son of Mary?

Isn't he the carpenter, the son of Mary,.. - Mark 6:3

Jesus was born of a virgin. It was a miracle. It was possible because of the Holy Spirit.But some people in those days did not believe it. Instead, they mocked at Jesus. They thought that some dirty little secret was there in the family of Jesus.

And they made fun of Jesus because of that. How do i say that?

Well, in Mark 6, Jesus is in his hometown. That's where people start calling him "Son of Mary".

In those days, people were identified with the names of their Father.
James, the son of Zabedee, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon bar Jonah. Nobody were identified with their mother's name.

But for Jesus they use Son of Mary to mock him. They were saying indirectly that they dont know who was the father of Jesus. They were talking ill about Mary. Jesus was ridiculed, mocked, and rejected.

Jesus knew the pain of people mocking him because of the family. Jesus suffered because of these gossips.

Is there a gossip going around about your family, about your father, mother, brother, sister, son or daughter. Jesus knows the pain. And he stands in solidarity with you.

Once they teasingly said "“We are not illegitimate children,” in John 8. 

 Jesus shared and still shares our suffering. Do not worry because of the bad family name. Jesus will redeem it. He will make all things work together for good.