This is He…

pillaroffire-2Acts 7:37-38 This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear. This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:

One thing that has helped my Bible reading and perspective of the Scriptures started with a systematic analysis of the Gospels, for a Master’s course I have been working on. One question in every passage is this: “Where is Jesus found in the passage?” It might seem far-fetched at face value to think we can find Christ in every 3-10 verses broken up throughout Scripture, and at first it was a challenge. But I must say, not only can we, but we should look at Scripture through this lens – that the Scriptures exist to testify of Jesus (John 5:39). The Law, prophets, Moses, Psalms, and of course, the New Testament either point to His coming and work or testify of it.

In this morning’s passage we’re reminded that Jesus was in the wilderness, on the mount, and that same Jesus was the Just One of Whom Stephen testified, Who came as our salvation. I read recently that the Christian life is a lifetime pursuit of a Person – Jesus Christ. Might He be our passion, desire, reason for living, and purpose in life. For through Him all things consist (Col 1:17). Through Him we can do all things (Phil 4:13). In Him we find salvation (Acts 4:12). And it’s in following and loving Him that we find purpose and will for our lives (Rom 8:28).

Recently I had a conversation with a good young man in our church, who is doing some soul searching and seeking the Lord at this time. In talking about Christ, and the fact that the Scriptures are about Him, he made  statement. He said, “as second generation Christians, we kind of get numb to the name of Jesus…” Unfortunately, I’ve seen that too many times, he’s right. I pray that this isn’t true of me. Might we, as the song says, fall in love with Him over and over again, as we follow His leading for our lives.

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