Friday, May 12, 2017

the stranger on the road -- part 1

The Word for today:
Luke 24:13-35
mark this: Luke 24:27
And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
On the road to Emmaus, a stranger happens alongside two disciples who were disheartened following the death of Jesus, and puzzled about reports they'd heard--that he was alive again.
So the stranger proceeded to give them a guided tour of Scripture.  Starting in the beginning, then going verse by verse, he pointed out references to the Christ, the Savior.
It wasn't until they'd stopped for a meal that they realized the "stranger" was Jesus.  All the way down the road, the stranger had been explaining what the Bible says about Him!
Then, just as suddenly as he'd appeared beside them, he was gone. The two disciples asked each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?" (Luke 24:32)
You, too, will have your Road to Emmaus experience if you continue to systematically study the whole Bible. One day the key--Jesus--will be placed in your hand and the Old Testament will open before you as if you'd never seen it before. Suddenly, it's not about lambs and burning bushes; and it's not about Abraham and David. You will clearly see that those are just props and role players in what the Bible really is--the Story Of Jesus.
But why wait? Let's pretend we're on the road to Emmaus right now…
And he said to them, "O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?" And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself….
He is the Word, spoken by God. (Genesis 1:3; John 1:1)
He is the Light in the darkness. And the darkness has not overcome it. (Genesis 1:3, John 1:5)
He is the express image of God. (Genesis1:26; Hebrews 1:3)
He is Life. (Genesis 2:7; John 20:22)
He is the Sabbath of God. It is finished! (Genesis 2:3; John 19:30)
He will leave his father to become one with us in the flesh. (Genesis 2:24)
He is the seed of the woman. I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. (Gen. 3:15; John 12:24)
Bearing the curse, he will wear the thorn. (Genesis 3:18; John 19:2)
He is the atonement, the covering blood. (Genesis 3:21)
He is the sword of the Spirit, the word of God, which lights and keeps the way. (Genesis 3:24)
He is the offering of Abel. (Genesis 4)
He is his brother's keeper. (Genesis 4:9)
He is the ark of refuge. (1 Peter 3:20-21)
He is the sign of the covenant. (Genesis 9:12)
He is the rainbow, the complete spectrum of God's illumination. (Genesis 9:12-17)
He is the sole guarantor of the covenant. (Genesis 15:17)
Standing in the stead of the covenant breaker, his flesh will be torn asunder. (Genesis 15:17)
He is our Melchizedek, king of Salem; our Shalom, our Prince of Peace; our priest of God Most High. (Genesis 14:18; Romans 5:1)
He is the Promised Son. (Genesis 15)
He is the Promised Blessing. (Genesis12:2)
He will carry his own altar up Mount Moriah. The hand of judgment will be stayed by his sacrifice. (Genesis 22)
He is the provider. (Genesis 22:8)
He is the provision. (Genesis22:8)
He is the eternal king; the scepter who will not depart; the lion of the tribe of Judah. (Genesis 49:10; Revelation 5:5)
He is the Way: (John 14:6)
the Exodus, the Way out;
the Door, the Way in. (John 10:9)
He is Aaron's staff; becoming sin to vanquish sin. (Exodus 7:12)
He is Aaron's staff; the dead Branch which blossomed. (Numbers 17:8)
He is the shoot come forth from the stump of Jesse. (Isaiah 11:1)
He is the brazen serpent, who stems the evil tide for those who look to him. (Numbers 21:8-9; John 3:14-15)
He is the angel (Messenger) of the LORD. (Genesis16:7, etc.)
He is the Message (Word) of the Lord. (Hebrews 1:2)
He is Jacob's Ladder, the conveyance of the covenant, Mediator between God and Man. (Genesis 28:12; 1 Timothy 2:5)
He is the Contender for your soul. (Genesis 32:24)
He is the rejected brother, through whom God will turn bad into good. (Genesis 50:20)
He is the bush that burns but is ever green. (Exodus 3:2)
He IS the great I AM: Before Abraham was, I AM. (Exodus 3:14; John 8:58)
(Emmaus is just ahead, so we hope you'll walk the rest of the way with us tomorrow.)

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