Tuesday, March 22, 2016

small questions yield small answers

The Creation of Light, Auguste Dore
The Creation of Light, Auguste Dore
The Word for today:
Jeremiah 16:1 - 17:18
mark this: Jeremiah 17:13 --
O LORD, the hope of Israel,
all who forsake you will be put to shame.
Those who turn away from you will be written in the dust
because they have forsaken the LORD,
the spring of living water.
Did Jesus ever write anything?
There is one instance (in John chapter 8) of Jesus writing in the dust, literally fulfilling Jeremiah 17:13. But you can't go to the library and read what he wrote that day.
So did Jesus ever write anything? The answer is 'No'--if by 'write' you mean what I am doing now as I bash away at this keyboard.
But both the question and the answer reveal just how small our thinking is, relative to Him. I am not saying we are stupid. What we are is stuck. We are stuck in patterns of thinking that are not up to the task of asking questions about Jesus, let alone finding answers about him.
Did Jesus ever write anything? Using words, an author "creates" a fictional world in a novel. Jesus, with words, spoke the universe into existence:
"Let there be light," and there was light. (1)
The Spirit of Christ in the prophets predicted His first and second comings, which the prophets recorded:
The Spirit of Christ was in the prophets, telling in advance about the sufferings of Christ and about the glory that would follow those sufferings. (2)
Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith (3) who as the Word made flesh died on the cross, thereby becoming the author of our eternal salvation. (4)
He is not only the Word of God, but he is the entire alphabet, from Alpha to Omega (5)--which is Greek for 'A' to 'Z'.
Not only the Word and every letter, but he is even the dot over every 'i' and the cross through every 't':
"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. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished." (6)
What language does God speak? God communicates through a language called 'Jesus'--
In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets many times and in many different ways. But now in these last days God has spoken to us through his Son. The Son reflects the glory of God and shows exactly what God is like. (7)
Jesus spoke the universe into existence with a word. He expresses exactly what God is. He is the author of our faith. He is the author of our eternal salvation. He is the eternal Word. He is the alphabet from beginning to end. He is the fulfillment of every letter, and every stroke of every letter.
So did Jesus ever write anything?  Nope, not a thing.
Small questions yield small answers.
(1) Genesis 1:3; see also Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 1:2; Revelation 4:11; (2) 1 Peter 1:11: (3) Hebrews 12:2; (4) Hebrews 5:9; (5) Revelation 1:8; (6) Matthew 5:17-18; (7) Hebrews 1:1-3

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