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    Tuesday
    Aug142012

    2009 May 01

    "If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well." 
    John 14:7 (NIV)  View Theological Commentary»

     

    On Maundy Thursday, my Homily asked the question, "Do we know Him?" I proceeded to wonder if the disciples knew Him . . . really knew Him for who He presented Himself to be. Or were they merely projecting their own desires upon Him? I concluded that it was the latter—that they projecting their hopes, their ambitions, their goals onto Jesus, without really taking a look at who He was presenting Himself to be.

     

    Do we do the same thing? Does that color the way we see Jesus? How can we be sure we know Him, really know him? I submit to you that the way to really know Jesus is through the Word, which hopefully connects our heads and hearts, and then finds application through our hands.

     

    When I say we can really know Jesus through the Word, I mean the whole Word. While the Gospels are an important source of information regarding the life of Jesus, by themselves they are insufficient. Jesus didn’t just appear in a moral and spiritual vacuum. He told His disciples that He came, not to do away with the Law or the prophets, but to fulfill them! Therefore, we must read the Gospels in the context of the Law and the prophets.

     

    But that is not enough, either. We must also look at the application given to us from Acts through Revelation. (Granted, application from Revelation is a bit tricky, but still present!) Jesus can, and must be known within the whole counsel of God.

     

    To that end, Jody showed me a list she received at Community Bible Study, and it fit so well with this topic that I decided to share it with you. Where can we find Jesus? The same place we find God—in every book of the Bible. God bless.

     

    Jesus in Every Old Testament Book of the Bible
    In Genesis, Jesus is the Ram at Abraham's altar. 
    In Exodus, He's the Passover Lamb. 
    In Leviticus, He's the High Priest. 
    In Numbers, He's the Cloud by day and Pillar of fire by night. 
    In Deuteronomy, He's the City of our refuge. 
    In Joshua, He's the Scarlet Thread out Rahab's window. 
    In Judges, He is our Judge. 
    In Ruth, He is our Kinsman Redeemer. 
    In I Samuel and II Samuel, He's our Trusted Prophet. 
    And in Kings and Chronicles, He's our Reigning King.
    In Ezra, He is our Faithful Scribe. 
    In Nehemiah, He's the Rebuilder of everything that is broken. 
    And in Esther, He is the Mordecai sitting faithful at the gate.
    In Job, He's our Redeemer that ever liveth. 
    In Psalms, He is my Shepherd, and I shall not want. 
    In Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, He's our Wisdom. 
    And in the Song of Solomon, He's the Beautiful Bridegroom.
    In Isaiah, He's the Suffering Servant. 
    In Jeremiah and Lamentations, it is Jesus that is the Weeping Prophet. 
    In Ezekiel, He's the Wonderful Four-Faced Man. 
    And in Daniel, He is the Fourth Man in the midst of a fiery furnace.
    In Hosea, He is my Love that is forever faithful. 
    In Joel, He baptizes us with the Holy Spirit. 
    In Amos, He's our Burden Bearer. 
    In Obadiah, our Savior. 
    And in Jonah, He is the Great Foreign Missionary that takes the Word of God into all of the world.
    You go on and you see in Micah, He is the Messenger with beautiful feet. 
    In Nahum, He is the Avenger. 
    In Habakkuk, He is the Watchman that is ever praying for revival. 
    In Zephaniah, He is the Lord mighty to save. 
    In Haggai, He is the Restorer of our lost heritage. 
    In Zechariah, He is our Fountain. 
    And in Malachi, He is the Son of Righteousness with healing in His wings.

     

    Jesus in Every New Testament Book of the Bible
    In Matthew, Thou art the Christ the Son of the Living God. 
    In Mark, He is the Miracle Worker. 
    In Luke, He’s the Son of Man 
    And in John, He is the Door by which every one of us must enter.
    In Acts, He is the Shining Light that appears to Saul on the road to Damascus. 
    In Romans, He is our Justifier. 
    In I Corinthians, He is our Resurrection. 
    In II Corinthians, He is our Sin Bearer. 
    In Galatians, He redeems us from the law. 
    In Ephesians, He is our Unsearchable Riches. 
    In Philippians, He supplies our every need. 
    And in Colossians, He’s the Fullness of the Godhead Bodily.
    In I Thessalonians and II Thessalonians, He is our Soon Coming King. 
    In I Timothy and II Timothy, He is the Mediator between God and man. 
    In Titus, He is our Blessed Hope. 
    In Philemon, He is a Friend that sticks closer than a brother. 
    And in Hebrews, He’s the Blood of the everlasting covenant.
    In James, it is the Lord that heals the sick. 
    In I Peter and II Peter, He is the Chief Shepherd. 
    In I John, II John, and III John, it is Jesus who has the tenderness of love. 
    In Jude, He is the Lord coming with 10,000 saints. 
    And in Revelation, lift up your eyes, Church, for your redemption draws nigh;
    He is our King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

     

    Blessings.
    Pastor David

    Tuesday
    Aug142012

    2009 April 01

    "Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!”  Luke 24:5–6 (NIV) 
    View Theological Commentary»

     

    In every area of our lives, we mark special days for celebration, and those celebrations become traditions which establish foundations for relationships and families for years. Celebrations are a time to reflect and rejoice at what happened in our past and to anticipate what the future holds. We celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, graduations. You name it, we celebrate it.

     

    For Christianity, Easter is a most important celebration—perhaps the most important celebration—for it is truly the benchmark and foundation of our faith. Paul said, "If Christ is not risen, then our preaching is in vain, and your faith is in vain." Easter is a day to celebrate, but, not without understanding, not without reflecting and rejoicing at what happened almost two thousand years ago, and not without anticipating what the future holds.

    Those who followed Jesus during his earthly ministry knew they were on to something big, but I do not think they realized the full scope of who Jesus is or why he came. If we look at the behavior of Jesus' followers after Jesus was arrested, we see that they withdrew, scattered and hid from the authorities. If Jesus had been arrested, his followers must have reasoned, surely they would be next.

     

    When the news of the Resurrection reached them, they were dumbfounded. It was after their encounter with the risen Jesus that their lives were radically changed. For the first time since God began to be revealed to the nation of Israel, the intention of God to redeem humanity was understood. Jesus was the link between a chasm that separated all of humanity from Divine love, forgiveness, compassion and mercy. The door was opened wide by Jesus Christ, and all who believe in Jesus are invited in to fellowship with God.

     

    The radical transformation of the disciples began a process in history that continues down to this very day. As we believers celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord on Easter Sunday, we stand with almost two thousand years of Christian tradition that not only remembers what happened that morning but also celebrates the hope of eternal life with God. If we are a people who believe in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave, then we also know that the best is yet to come.

     

    Can you imagine the excitement of the disciples when Jesus showed up in their midst after the Resurrection? That had to be a celebration like none had ever seen. I am convinced that that celebration will pale in comparison to the celebration we will share upon the return of our Lord. He is risen!


    Blessings.
    Pastor David

    Tuesday
    Aug142012

    2009 March 01

    "I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."
    Philippians 1:3-6 (NIV) View Theological Commentary»

     

    It is Monday night, two days before Rick Moore and I head to Ethiopia to visit the Afar Population, and I am trying to get caught up on some things before we fly out. As I scurry about trying not to forget anything, I catch myself thinking about how blessed we all are to be used by God in advancing His kingdom. If you ever wonder if God is at work in the world today, you need only look at the mission projects we are involved in as a church. From supporting work among the urban poor in the greater San Diego area, to partnering with missionaries in Paris, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Africa, Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church is a significant participant in world mission.

     

    I can only imagine how grateful Paul was to have the support of the Philippian church. The trials and tribulations associated with Paul and his missionary work could fill volumes, but the support of the Philippian church filled Paul's soul with joy. The significance of the Philippian contribution to Paul's mission work probably will never be fully understood this side of eternity. The Philippians understood, though. They knew that God was doing something in their time that would change the course of history. They were right.

     

    We are in no less an important time today. The trials and tribulations in advancing the kingdom of God will always meet opposition. But, I am convinced that God is doing things in our time that is altering the course of history as we participate in the expansion of the kingdom through our mission support and participation.

     

    What a privilege it is for me to represent you on this upcoming excursion. I am told that the desert is blooming and lives are being transformed because we care enough to see beyond our own facilities. Where there was once only heartache and despair, there is now hope and encouragement. I am also excited that Rick Moore is going with me! I can’t wait for him to share with you his experiences. They will confirm what I have been telling you all along. We make a difference. That is one of the reasons I thank God every time I remember you.

     

    We have received all our shots. We are taking medication to prevent malaria. We have our industrial-strength insect repellent. The cameras are ready, and our hearts are excited. I only wish that all of you could come and see what is happening. Well, there is always next year!

     

    By the time you read these words, Rick and I will have returned, but I know that many of you will have prayed for us and for that, I am grateful. Stay true to the convictions of your beliefs, and let’s watch God do something special in all our lives. May God richly bless you all as we strive to honor Him in all we do!

     

    Grace and peace,
    Pastor David

    Tuesday
    Aug142012

    2009 February 1

    "I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: "Death has been swallowed up in victory." "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?" The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain."  I Corinthians 15:50–58 (NIV)


    I don’t know about you, but I love to study the Bible. Maybe it’s an occupational hazard, but few things excite me more than gaining new insight into or understanding God’s Word. A close second is having the opportunity to share that discovery with others. Tuesday Evening Bible Study has always been one of the highlights of my week, but I have to tell you, the past few Tuesdays have been a stretch, even for me. Why is that? Well, we are studying the book of Revelation. The book of Revelation is literature classified as apocalyptic, meaning “things hidden.” It is a book filled with visions and symbols that challenge even the most sophisticated biblical scholar. While there are those who would attempt to tell you exactly what the book is trying to say, I think it will remain one of the greatest biblical mysteries this side of eternity.

     

    It is good to live with a little bit of mystery. As I have said before, we love a good mystery. The problem is that we are always looking for the next great mystery. Once any mystery has been solved, we quickly move on to the next frontier. God will always be our legitimate mystery. While there are things about God that we can grasp pretty well, like forgiveness through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, there are mysteries that just boggle the mind . . . like the nature of the Trinity or the book of Revelation!

     

    The cultural barriers, the language barriers, and the time barriers present significant road blocks to the biblical scholar dealing with a book like Revelation. But the book promises a blessing to those who study its pages. We are wrestling together through the four major views, which sometimes add only confusion to an already confusing situation. However, this has not deterred Evening Bible Study attendance. In the fifteen years that I have been teaching and leading Tuesday Evening Bible Study, no sessions have been as well attended as these studies of Revelation.

     

    As confusing as Revelation is at times, I continually remind myself that, having read the end of the book, I know God ultimately wins! Secure in the knowledge of God’s sovereignty, I can wrestle with the deepest mysteries of God, hoping to discover something along the way—either about God or myself.

     

    So, if you are looking for a good story to take up part of your Tuesday evening, consider coming out to Parish Hall at 7:00pm for some of June Mac Leod’s delicious cookies, a cup of coffee, and a slice of biblical mystery, served up in the study of Revelation. Evening Bible Study will go on hiatus for two weeks, February 17 and 24, as I will be in Ethiopia with Rick Moore and a team from Solana Beach Presbyterian Church, catching up on the progress we have made with our mission partners there. I plan on taking lots of pictures, and I will look forward to sharing them with you upon my return.

     

    Blessings to you all,

    Pastor David

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