Who is Jesus Christ of Nazareth? Does it Matter? RG May 11, 2016

What is your vision of Jesus the Christ? What does the Bible say about Him? What did Jesus say about Himself? What is the testimony of those who gave their lives because of their complete faith in Him?

The Bible, God’s written testimony about Himself, has a great deal to say about the 2nd person of the Trinity, Jesus the Son.

Old Testament pictures of Jesus:

  • Jesus the co-creator of all that is: Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. See Jn 1:1-4, Col 1:16, Heb 1:2-3, Gen 1;26 Let us make man in our image, in our likeness.
  • Jesus is the second Adam, Man as he was intended to be, without sin. Romans 5:12-21,1 Cor 15;45
  • Jesus is the answer to the curse of man. Immediately following Adam’s sin God pronounces that the seed of the woman will crush the head of the serpent.  This speaks of his virgin and divine birth and his mission to destroy man’s enemies.  Gen 3:15
  • Jesus is the Ark the only safe way through the coming wrath of God. Gen 6
  • Gen 22 God calls Abraham to sacrifice his son. Abraham testifies that God will provide himself a lamb. The Angel of the Lord stops Abraham.  Jesus, is Abraham’s descendent and God’s son who is God’s perfect lamb whom He provided.  John the Baptist introduced Jesus as The Lamb of God. Who takes away the sin of the world.
  • In the book of Exodus ch 12, the final plague God sent on Egypt was the death of every firstborn male, both animal and Human. When the avenging angel was sent out the Israelites were to take the blood of the lamb and put it on the door posts and the angel would Passover.  Jesus offered Himself as our Passover sacrifice on Passover 33 AD and those who trust in Him will be saved from the wrath of God. Mt 26:2
  • In Exodus 20 we read I am the Lord your God who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. If we read the account carefully we discover that the cloud and the fire came behind Israel and the Angel of the Lord lead from the front.  Jesus is that Angel
  • In Leviticus we read of the high priests making sacrifices for the people, and Christ has become our High Priest, making the perfect sacrifice to atone for our sins. Heb 8-10
  • In Deuteronomy Moses prophesied of a prophet who would come that would be greater than Himself. Jesus is that Great Prophet.
  • In the book of Joshua, Joshua met the Captain of the Lord’s host and received instruction on how to overcome Jericho. That man is Jesus Christ.
  • In Judges, the leaders were judges who delivered God’s people, each of them typifying the Lord Jesus.
  • Boaz, the kinsman redeemer who redeemed Ruth’s inheritance, is a picture of Christ.
  • David, the anointed one, pictures Jesus and Jesus is described as being the Son of David, The Christ, The Messiah.
  • In 2 Samuel when the king is being enthroned, the entire scene is descriptive of the Lord Jesus.
  • The books of Kings speak of the glory of God filling the temple and the Chronicles describe the glorious coming king, both referring to Jesus, the King of Kings.
  • Ezra depicts Jesus as the Lord of our fathers.
  • Job says clearly that the Redeemer is coming!
  • Esther offers a picture of Christ interceding for His people.
  • Christ appears time after time in the Psalms, including when David describes Him as crucified in ps 22, “the Shepherd.” In ps 23, the one who ascends the mountain of God, The King of Glory Ps 24, The blessed one who comes in the name of the Lord Ps 118
  • Isaiah details His virgin birth 7:14, unto us a child is born, a Son is Given He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace Is 9:6 ; Man of Suffering, pierced for our transgressions, our punishment is on Him, like a lamb to the slaughter, Is 53
  • Jeremiah reveals that He will be acquainted with sorrows.
  • Daniel describes Him as a rock come out of heaven to destroy all pagan kingdoms ch 2, He is seen in the deliverer from the fire with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in ch 3, He is with Daniel throughout the night, the deliverer in the Lions den, He is called “the Son of Man” who receives the eternal kingdom in Ch 7, He appears to Daniel in Ch 10 & 12 as Prophet, Priest and King.
  • Joel describes Him as the Hope of His people.
  • Amos tells us that Jesus is the judge of all nations.
  • Obadiah warns of the coming eternal kingdom.
  • Jonah offers a picture of Jesus being dead for three days, then coming back to life to preach repentance.
  • Zephaniah says that He will be the king over Israel.
  • Zechariah is the prophet who speaks of Jesus, the King, Humble and riding on a donkey’s colt, bring salvation. Zech 9:9
  • Malachi is the one who calls Him the Son of Righteousness who rises with healing in His wings Mal 4:2

Jesus in the Feasts of Israel:

The Feast of Unleavened Bread: Yeast is an analogy to sin. In preparation for the Passover all yeast is removed from the home.  It also commemorates Israel’s flight from Egypt when bread was made without yeast in a hurry.

Jesus (the sinless one) said I am the Bread of Life, Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again, Jn 6:35

“I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is my flesh Jn 6:51

The Feast of Passover: Commemorates the blood of the lamb that saved Israel’s sons from death.

Jesus the only begotten Son of God is the Lamb of God crucified on Passover to save us from the wrath of God.

The Feast of First Fruits: Celebrated on the third day of the feast of Unleavened Bread

Jesus rose on the third day of the feast, the feats of first fruits, as the first fruits from the dead.  1 Cor 15:20

Pentecost: Celebrates the giving of the Law

Jesus sends the Holy Spirit to empower the church and bring it to life Jer 31:33-34, Jn 15, 16, Acts 1:4-8, Acts 2

Feast of Trumpets: 10 Days of repentance and preparation for the presence of the judge of all the earth.

Jesus will fulfill this when He returns to take the repentant with Him at the final trump Mt 24, 1 Thes 4 and to judge the unrepentant Rev 10.

Day of Atonement: The high priest enters the temple to offer sacrifices for his own sins and the sins of the people.  If the sacrifice is accepted by God the priest comes out and proclaims the good and favorable year of the Lord.

Jesus Christ has entered a heavenly sanctuary and offered a perfect, once for all time sacrifice, for all sin. He came out of the grave proving the His sacrifice was acceptable to God and has proclaimed this period of God’s favor where the door into the very throne room of God has been opened for all who come in His name.  Heb 4:16, Heb 9:24

Feast of Tabernacles: Jews live in tents for 7 days of feasting and celebration of living in the presence of God. This commemorates their time in the desert with God.

Jesus is presently seated at the right hand of God and we are waiting for His return when He will take us to be with Him forever. Rev 21:1-4

From the New Testament:

Is it any wonder that the apostle John refers to Jesus as the Word Became Flesh and dwelt among us? Jn 1:14

 

John 6: The Bread of God who came down out of Heaven vs 33, I am the bread of life whoever comes to me will never go hungry Vs 35, 48 I am the living Bread, the bread is my flesh whoever eats it will live forever.

John 8: 12 “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”, 9:4 As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

John 8: 58 before Abraham was, I am (The eternal God) they understood and tried to stone him

John 10:9 I am the gate to the sheepfold; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture

John 10:11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

John 10:33 The Jews answered Him, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy; and because You, being a man, make Yourself out to be God.”

John 10:36 what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’?

John 11:25 “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;

John 14:6 “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me

John 15:1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful

From the Book of Revelation:

Rev 1:5 from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood… to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen

Rev 1:13 someone like a son of man (see Daniel 10), dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. 14The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. 15His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. 16 In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance

Rev 2:1“To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands.

Rev 2:8 “To the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again.

Rev 2:12 “To the angel of the church in Pergamum write: These are the words of him who has the sharp, double-edged sword

Rev 2:18 “To the angel of the church in Thyatira write: These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze.

Rev 3:1 “To the angel of the church in Sardis write: These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars

Rev 3:7 “To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open

Rev 3:14 “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation

Rev 5:5 Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed

Rev 5:6Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth

Rev 12:5 She gave birth to a son, a male child, who “will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.” And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne.

Rev 19:11 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. 12 His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. 13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. 14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. 16On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Rev 21:22 I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp

Rev 22:1 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. 3 No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him

John 17: 1 After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. 2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. 4 I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.

1 John 5:12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13 I have written these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.