I was doing some studying today for a message and came across this amazing quote tucked away in a reference book on my shelf. This brought a tear to my eye and an awe in my outlook of who our great Savior is! Enjoy…
Christ In Every Book
“Christ is the theme of the entire Revelation of God. He is promised in Genesis, revealed in the Law, prefigured in its history, praised in poetry, proclaimed in its prophecy, provided in its Gospels, proved in its Acts, preeminent in its Epistles and prevailing in Revelation.
He is seen in every book of the Bible. Take a journey through the Halls of Holy Writ and in every one of them you will see Christ.
GENESIS He is the Seed of the woman;
EXODUS the Lamb for sinners slain;
LEVITICUS, our High Priest;
NUMBERS the Star of Jacob and the Brazen Serpent;
DEUTERONOMY the Prophet like unto Moses and the Great Rock;
JOSHUA the Captain of the Lord’s Hosts;
JUDGES the Messenger of Jehovah;
RUTH our Kinsman-Redeemer and the Faithful Bridegroom;
1 SAMUEL He is seen as the Great Judge;
2 SAMUEL as the Princely King;
I KINGS David’s Choice;
2 KINGS as the Holiest of All;
1 CHRONICLES as King by birth;
2 CHRONICLES as King by Judgment;
EZRA He is seen as Lord of heaven and earth;
NEHEMIAH as the builder;
ESTHER our Mordecai;
JOB our Daysman and our Risen, returning Redeemer;
PSALMS the Son of God and the Good Shepherd;
PROVERBS our Wisdom;
ECCLESIASTIES the One above the sun;
SONG OF SOLOMON the great Church lover, the one Altogether Lovely and Chiefest among ten thousand;
ISAIAH He is the suffering and glorified Servant;
JEREMIAH the Lord our Righteousness;
LAMENTATIONS the Man of Sorrows;
EZEKIEL the glorious God;
DANIEL the Smiting Stone and the Messiah;
HOSEA reveals Him as the risen Son of God;
JOEL the outpourer of the Spirit;
AMOS the Eternal Christ;
OBADIAH, the Forgiving Christ;
JONAH as the Risen Prophet;
MICAH the Bethlehemite;
NAHUM He is the Bringer of Good Tidings;
HABAKKUK the Lord in His Holy Temple;
ZEPHANIAH the Merciful Christ;
HAGGAI, the Desire of all nations;
ZECHARIAH, the Branch;
and MALACHI, the Sun of Righteousness with healing in His wings.
MATTHEW shows Him as King of the Jews;
MARK the Servant;
LUKE the Perfect Son of Man;
JOHN the Son of God;
ACTS the Ascended Lord;
ROMANS the Lord our Righteousness;
I CORINTHIANS our Resurrection;
2 CORINTHIANS our Comforter;
GALATIANS the end of the Law;
EPHESIANS the head of the Church;
PHILIPPIANS the Supplier of every need;
COLOSSIANS the Fullness of the Godhead;
I THESSALONIANS He comes for His Church;
2 THESSALONIANS He comes with His Church;
I TIMOTHY He is the Mediator;
2 TIMOTHY the Bestower of Crowns;
TITUS Our Great God and Savior;
PHILEMON the Payer of our Debt;
HEBREWS the rest of the Faith and the Fulfiller of Types;
JAMES, the Lord drawing nigh;
1 PETER the Vicarious Sufferer;
2 PETER the Lord of Glory;
I JOHN the Way;
2 JOHN the Truth;
3 JOHN the Life;
JUDE, He is Our Security;
• the Lion of the Tribe of Judah,
• the Lamb of God,
• the Bright and Morning Star,
• the King of kings and Lord of lords.”
(Robert J. Wells, Prophetic Messages
for Modern Times; Dallas; Texas Printing House, Inc., 1944; pp. 205, 206)
But what is truth? Does it exist? Is it the same for me as it is for you? What if I don’t like the truth? Can I choose another ‘truth’ to hold as my own? What if the truth hurts? Is truth absolute or is it relative?
These questions and many more have filled the minds of people around the world for thousands of years. Since the early years, it seems we humans like to reason our way out of obligation, confrontation, guilt, fear, responsibility and accountability by whittling away our idea of truth. If we could only change the truth, we could change the way it directly impacts us, no?
It has been said, “the only absolute is that there are no absolutes.”
I beg to differ.
Truth itself is a very liberating thing. Consider the words of Jesus in John 8:31-36:
“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. They answered him, We be Abraham‘s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”
We see quite a few major principles in this passage. I’d like to point out two of them.
1. To Know Jesus Is To Know The Truth
There is no other way around it. Jesus said in John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” He is not a truth. He is the truth! As a disciple of Jesus Christ, the truth is not only made known to us, it becomes our only hope. It becomes our life, because Jesus IS truth. What an awesome thought! I hate cliché phrases, but this one applies here: “Know Jesus, Know Truth. No Jesus, No Truth.”
2. To Know The Truth Is To Know Freedom
It is important to see that the truth does not “SET” us free. It “MAKES” us free! What’s the difference? Imagine this senario… A man commits a terrible crime. As he stands before the judge, his penalty is declared to be $1,000,000 or 50 years in prison. This man isn’t a rich man in the least, so his only option is to spend the time in prison. As he is serving his 50 year sentence, suppose someone breaks into the prison, knocks over some wardens, steals the key and lets the man out. He has been set free. Now imagine this same senario in a different light. Suppose the man goes to prison, but now, someone comes to him informing him that he has paid the $1,000,000 fine. Now the man is free. He has been made free. This is a big difference, isn’t it?
That is why it is so important to realize that knowing Jesus is the only way to know truth, and knowing the truth is the only way to know freedom. Oh what a difference it makes!
Do you know Jesus? Seriously. Do you know him? Not just know about him… do you know him?
You see, you have committed a terrible crime against a perfect God. Have you ever heard of the 10 commandments? You have not kept them all. I guarantee it. Neither have I. Neither has anybody. We’ve all done wrong. As much as we try to justify our wrong, wrong is wrong. It’s the truth. God does not change, neither does his law, and his law has already proven us guilty.
Now, the Bible tells us that our sentence for doing this wrong is death. Not just being buried in the ground, there’s something deeper. The book of Revelation tells us that there is a Second Death. This is the Lake of Fire. Our penalty is to be separated from God. It is death.
But, Jesus, in his awesome love, paid our debt. He paid our “fine,” so to speak. That’s what dying on the cross was all about. He was paying our fine. Now, all we must do is accept that outpouring of love. When we do this, God’s word tells us that he actually makes us a new person, gives us a new life, a new hope, a new love, a new purpose. Because now, we know truth. That truth is in Jesus.
So, do you know Him? If not, call upon him today. Repent of your sins. Trust in him for salvation. Give your life to him. Quit running from the truth. Embrace it. Embrace him.