Friday, April 23, 2010

It All Connects

Luke 24:25-27 NLT
Then Jesus said to them, "You foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures. Wasn't it clearly predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering His glory?" Then Jesus took them through all the writings of Moses and the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.

This was after Jesus had died on the cross, and then rose again. He was talking to a group of people who didn't recognize Him, and were telling Him about how they thought He was the Messiah, but they must have been wrong because He was now dead and they couldn't find His body.

Jesus' response? Something along the lines of 'You can't seem to believe the prophets in the Bible. It said that the Messiah (savior, Christ) would have to suffer just like you said I did before He could save everyone.' Then Jesus went through the Old Testament, and showed them where it talked about Him and His life and death and life. All of the Scriptures pointed to Him.

Christians say that from time to time: 'The Old Testament talks about Jesus coming, and the New talks about His being here and after He leaves.'. When you read one of the gospels, it will usually give you Old Testament cross references (at the birth of Christ, at the crucifixion...). Those verses are some of what Jesus was talking about here: People prophesied about His coming before He came, by hundreds of years. These prophets' books couldn't be written after Christ came; they are in the Jewish holy books too.

All of God's word connects to this one central theme: Love. Do you want to share that love in Him? Do you want a piece of His love? You already have it. He loves you more than you could ever know. How do you give that love back? How do you show Him that you know He's there? With this prayer:

"Father, I know that I am a sinner, worthy of being cast forever from Your prescience. But I also know that Your Word foretells of a Savior, and then it tells me about this Savior who died for me. I pray that You will forgive me for my sins, not because I deserve it, but because He died, not because of His sins, but because of mine. Thank You for this gift, Lord. In Jesus' Name, Amen."

In His Service,

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