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! 

Believing a Different Story

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