Archive for April, 2008

Jesus: Better than Isaac

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008 at 4:26 pm

And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. Genesis 22:9

Isaac is a type of Christ. However, Abraham had to bind Isaac before he laid him on the altar – indicating that Isaac was an unwilling participant. The Lord Jesus Christ willingly laid down his life.

Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father. John 10:17-18

And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Philippians 2:8

Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. Luke 22:42

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Did not our heart burn within us: going from sad to glad

Monday, April 14th, 2008 at 1:27 pm

And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the Scriptures? Luke 24:32

This verse is part of the passage where the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ walked and talked with some disciples on the road to Emmaus. Back in verse 17, Jesus noticed they were so sad and asked them what they were discussing. But then, in verse 32, we see that their sadness was gone and their hearts were now burning. This burning was a result of Jesus opening the scriptures. However, notice that it wasn’t just any preaching that turned the sadness to gladness. Look at verse 27:

And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. Luke 24:27

Jesus didn’t use the scriptures to preach to them how to take the best attributes of characters from the Old Testament and exhort the disciples to copy them. He didn’t tell them to dare to be a Daniel. He didn’t tell them to be like David and slay the giants in their lives. He didn’t preach to them prosperity or happiness. He didn’t even preach to them how to have successful marriages or how to raise godly children. What did he preach to them from the scriptures? He expounded unto them in all – let me repeat – all the scriptures the things concerning himself. That means that all the scriptures are about Christ and God’s redemption of man. Everything in scripture relates to that. Want to turn sadness to gladness? Preach Christ and him crucified. Show how every passage relates to the redemption of mankind.

We don’t need to hear how God wants to give us things to show God’s love to us. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Do you want to tell people how God loves them? Tell them about Christ and how God wondrously provided the redemption for them. Preach Christ in all the scriptures. Hearts will burn.

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by gahammerle