Saturday, November 22, 2008

The Same
“Jesus was the same yesterday, as he is today, as he will be tomorrow” - Hebrews 13:8 
Paul speaking of Jesus, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him”  - Colossians 1:15-17
Jesus was not Plan B.
In the garden before the apple, Jesus, before the tabernacle and its sacrifices, Jesus, during the temple era, Jesus, and now Jesus, and at the end of time, Jesus.
You can never hear that name too many times.

So why the old testament?
So why not bring out Jesus first?
The old testament is a prototype, a fore runner, of the new
The OT does a few things
God reveals himself, his character, his love
God revels his standard and law by doing so reveals sin 
God demarcates a people that love him, serve him, honour him and shows us that he is will rejects those that reject him
The most important point of old testament is to put us in a place where we meet Jesus.
Luke 24:27 “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, Jesus explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.”
Matthew 5:17 "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.”

2 Differences with the NT & OT
The OT uses physical parallels to show us future spiritual reality
Cause the spiritual is weird.
It’s hard to understand.
Physical things which we can see and touch make more sense to us.
More so, even then, it is only by the Spirit we understand spiritual things. 1 Corinthians.
God’s people
NT – when you trust jesus and become a Christian, the Holy Spirit comes into your life, He removes the heart of stone and regenerates you spiritually with a heart of flesh, Romans 3 talks of this being the circumcision of the Heart, other than a changed life, there’s not much to see.
OT – Circumcision, the removal of the foreskin, was a physical sign that that man was one of God’s people
NT – God’s kingdom is a spiritual kingdom, it transcends national boarders, language groups and people
OT – God’s kingdom was Israel, it was physical, you could see it on a map, you could go visit it
People break the law and do sin
NT – Jesus without any sin died on a cross as punishment for your sins
OT – The community would recognised they sin, the priest as representative would go before God, he would confess the sins of the people, he would take a animal, an animal without defect, he would then cut it’s throat, he would then let the blood drain, they would collect it with their hands and bowels and poor it over the altar.
Why? Cause this is a physical parallel for a future spiritual reality
There’s a different mission
The Old Testament is a come and see religion, the new testament is a go and tell religion.
OT: God’s message was for the Jew
NT: Out mission is to go and make disciples of all nations