Archive for May, 2008

Why is Jesus called the Word?

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008 at 10:58 am

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. John 1:1-5

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:14

The reason both the Lord Jesus Christ and the scriptures are called the Word is because the person and work of Christ is the message of the scriptures.

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

The scriptures were written to reveal to us the Christ and his work in the redemption of mankind. We do not need to treat the Bible as a self-help book – a book with tips on how to be a better you or to have a better marriage. Christ is the message of the scriptures.

Stringing together a bunch of Bible verses into a message about how to live without relating those passages to Christ and his redemption of us is not a Christian message. It may be a Biblical message because it uses Bible verses, but without Christ as the center, it is not a Christian message.

Preach the word. 2 Timothy 4:2

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Jesus: Better than Moses

Saturday, May 17th, 2008 at 9:19 pm

By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward. By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. Hebrews 11:24-27

Moses gave up a lot of worldy treasures and prestige to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. As part of Pharaoh’s family, he would have lacked nothing. He would have been respected, admired, and worshipped by all of Egypt. Considering that he was the adopted son of Pharaoh’s daughter, he probably was not in line to become Pharaoh and thus when he died would not have been buried in the majestic pyramids, but he certainly would have had a lavish funeral and some way of remembering him. But when he chose Christ over Egypt, he gave up all those riches and honor and he was even buried by God in a lowly, unmarked tomb (Deuteronomy 34:6).

The Lord Jesus Christ left his home in Heaven as the son of the almighty God where he was worshipped by all the angels. He humbled himself, and took upon him the form of a servant. He was mocked and ridiculed. He was beaten and crucified. He took upon himself the sins of child molesters, murderers, rapists, thieves, liars, idolaters and worst of all – my sins. He chose rather to suffer affliction for our sins than to enjoy unbroken, perfect fellowship with the Father. He esteemed the victory won through becoming a reproach for my sins greater than all the riches in Heaven.

The Lord Jesus Christ gave it all up for you and for me.

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