I would rather live my life as if there is a God, and die to find out there isn’t, than live my life as if there isn’t, and die to find out there is!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Jesus of the Old Testament

A while back I wrote an article about how Jesus actually spoke some of the Psalms and David recorded them. That brought about a surprising response from some readers. A number of them told me I was wrong because the Psalms had been written before Jesus was born.

People, please don’t take this wrong, but Jesus has always existed with God, the Father. Jesus was born into human form to complete the work that God sent him to do, but he existed long before that physical human birth. He has existed for all time, as has God. Jesus was born in human form so that He could die on the cross to save all of mankind, and fulfill God’s sovereign plan.

The gospel of John chapter 1 verse 1 reads: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." In this verse, the Word refers to Jesus Christ, who is distinct from the Father and yet is God in the fullest sense.

If you now go to the first page of the Bible, Genesis 1 and read the entire chapter, just 31 verses you will have covered the six creation days. Pay special attention the verse 26: Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground." Read that verse again slowly. God used the word "us" and the word "our." Who was he talking to? He was talking to Jesus of course. It could have been no one else.

Also, Jesus said: "Moses wrote of me" (John 5:46). Moses lived about fifteen hundred years before Jesus! How could Moses have any knowledge of Jesus, unless it was divinely revealed to him by God, perhaps by Jesus Himself?

The majority of Christians understand that Jesus, along with the Holy Spirit and the Father make up the triune God, or the trinity. But a lot of Christians don’t realize that Jesus is revealed in the Old Testament. From John 1:1 we know that Jesus is "the Word" or that "the Word" is indeed Jesus. We also know, from John 6:46 that no one has seen the Father except the one who is from God. From Colossians 1:15 we know we know that Jesus is the image of the invisible God.

Understanding that, we must ponder the following Old Testament scriptures indicating seeing God:

Genesis 16:7-13 -- Hagar saw God.
Genesis 18-19:1 – Abraham saw God.
Genesis 32:28 -- Jacob saw God.
Exodus 33:11 -- Moses saw God.
Joshua 5:13-6:2 -- Joshua saw God.
Judges 6:11-23 -- Gideon saw God.
Isaiah 6:5 -- Isaiah saw God.
Job 42:5 -- Job saw God.

This list was not intended to be exhaustive so there may be others who saw God.

In view of John 1:1 and John 1:18 & 6:46 -- Who did they see? It was not God the Father, so we are left with no other choice except Jesus, the visual image of the godhead.

So my friends, since Jesus has been with God for all time and working along with Him, it’s pretty safe to conclude that Jesus did indeed speak some of the Psalms.

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1 comment:

bygraceiam said...

Hi Wayne..God bless You and Your Ministry....

amen & amen..

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