- [Exo 3:14] And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shall thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
- [John 8:58] Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I AM.
- [Col 2:9] For in him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.
- [Heb 1:3] Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
- [Mat 28:18] And Jesus came and spoke unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
- [Rev 22:13-15] I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loves and makes a lie.
- [Rev 22:16] I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
While the main theme of this site is The Mystery of God, there is one subject that must remain central to any search for truth, and that subject is the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He is the subject of all Scripture, as the Lord revealed to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:27). He is also the key to the mystery revealed by Paul. When the apostle went to visit the Corinthians, he determined to know nothing among them, ‘except Jesus Christ and Him crucified’.
There is a fascinating message hidden in the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible. It proclaims the centrality of Yahweh (Jehovah), the Old Testament name for the Lord Jesus. Starting with the first ‘T’ (Tav) in Genesis and Exodus, and using a skip distance of 50, the word ‘Torah’ is found. The same phenomenon is found in Leviticus and Deuteronomy, the last two books, only there the word ‘Torah’ is spelled backwards. What about Numbers, the middle book? What is found there is the word ‘Yahweh’! Everything in the Scriptures points to the Lord Jesus Christ! Is He the center of your life?
In the above paragraph I equated the Lord Jesus with Jehovah, the God of the Old Testament. The great hymnodist Isaac Watts provides a mountain of evidence for that in a book entitled ‘Glory of Christ’. More recently, Norman L Geisler has built a compelling case in his book, ‘Christ: The Key to Interpreting the Bible’. Consider this paragraph from page 50:
In Isaiah 45, Jehovah speaks, saying “For I am God, and there is no other. By myself I have sworn, . . . ‘To me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear’” (Isa.45:22-23). These very words are applied to Christ: “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow . . . and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord [Jehovah, from Isaiah], to the glory of God the Father” (Phil 2:10). Jesus is Jehovah, and some day everyone will confess it.
While the Lord Jesus is God Almighty, He is also ‘the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world’. He is the one who said: [Mat 11:28-30] ‘Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light’. What an incredible being! Possessing all authority in heaven and earth, and yet meek and lowly in heart. In the above verses from the end of Revelation, the Lord of Glory refers to Himself as ‘I, Jesus’, using His human name, in all humility.
Note that He is the root and offspring of David -- the creator of the one by whom He was begotten after the flesh. Wholly God and wholly man. How can it be? That is one mystery I confess I don’t understand. It is beyond me -- all I can do is ponder it, and worship that awesome, inscrutable being.
Scholars for some time have engaged themselves in the ‘search for the historical Jesus’. While there may be some merit in this exercise, we need to remember the focus that Paul enjoined: [2 Cor 5:16] ‘Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more’. In other words, we are not to think of Him just as a great man teaching His disciples on the shores of Lake Galilee, but as the Lord of Glory, seated at the right hand of Majesty in heaven. And moreover, to realize that we are there with Him, ‘Hidden with Christ in God’ (Col 3:3).
Isaiah prophesied of the coming Messiah with these words:
[Isa 61:1-2] ‘The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn...’.
The Lord quoted Isaiah’s prophesy about Himself in the synagogue in Nazareth almost word for word, but stopped after ‘acceptable year of the Lord’. He did not mention the ‘day of vengeance of our God’. That was not His mission at His first advent. But the Lord Jesus is coming back. The first time He displayed meekness and lowliness. The next advent will manifest His mighty power, and ‘the day of vengeance of our God’. Then shall every knee bow, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Lo! He comes, with clouds descending, Once for our salvation slain;
Thousand thousand saints attending, Swell the triumph of His train:
Alleluia! alleluia! God appears on earth to reign.
Every eye shall now behold Him, Robed in dreadful majesty;
Those who set at naught and sold Him, Pierced and nailed Him to the tree,
Deeply wailing, deeply wailing, Shall the true Messiah see.
Yea, Amen! let all adore Thee, High on Thine eternal throne;
Savior, take the power and glory, Claim the kingdom for Thine own:
O come quickly, O come quickly, Alleluia! come, Lord, come!