Wednesday, January 1, 2014

True and Better

Dear blog,

I'm so sorry I've neglected you so much the past couple of years.  I promise I'll never let another silly thing like grad school come between us ever again.  (Unless I decide to go back for a doctorate at some point.  Then I might.)

Where were we???  Oh yes, we were looking--whenever I had the chance to actually write something--at some of the red-letter passage of Scripture.  Continuing with that seems like a good way to start out 2014, especially considering that Christ--His life, His character, His mission--will be the focus for my church family in the year 2014.  We'll be calling that "Project: Jesus".  In addition to that, I'm planning, for my own personal bible study, to spend time going through the minor prophets.  So some of that material may show up on the blog later this year, as well.  With that in mind, here's a verse that got my attention this morning:

"Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them."

This simple statement of Jesus is one that I love, because it speaks to the importance of the Law and the Prophets which came before Him and pointed directly to Him.  My favorite book of the Bible is the book of Hebrews, for this very reason.  It is, in my opinion, the best passage of scripture that is useful for tying the Old Testament to the New, and weaving them together into a beautiful tapestry that displays God’s plan for our salvation.   

The Hebrew writer begins by declaring that Jesus is the “exact representation” of God’s being.  Yet He chose to share in our humanity so that He might destroy death.  Because Jesus chose to walk among us, He is a greater mediator of a covenant between God and His people than Moses was.  He mediates a better covenant for the Lord’s people, in which He is a greater High Priest.  His blood can do what no blood of any animal could do.  The practices under the Old Testament that had to be repeated day after day, and year after year, were a mere shadow of what was to come, which was Christ’s sacrifice, once for all, for the sins of the world. 

The past few Sundays, a video has been shown to advertise the upcoming “Project: Jesus” theme for 2014, and when I first saw it a few weeks ago, I fell in love with it, because it speaks exactly to this subject.  It explains how Jesus is a “true and better Adam…a true and better Abraham…a true and better Moses…a true and better David,” as these people in the pages of God’s word acted in such a way as to point to the One who was to come.  As the narrator says, “The Bible is not a series of disconnected stories.” 

Hope you take a moment to enjoy this video as much as I have, and a Happy New Year to you & yours!