Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The Wonder's of God's Word Part IV: Christ revealed ~ His Holiness

Within the last couple of years, I frequently view Criminal Minds (I know, real poetic right?). It is not because I enjoy gruesome murders and serial killers, it is the psychology and the forensics which fascinates me (though I have had to cease viewingmy dreams became a bit dark and disturbed). I am intrigued by the process of the discovery of a small bit of evidence, and the process by which the Behavioral Science Team is able to assemble a profile on the “unsub” and by the end of the show, know everything about the suspect and why he committed the crimes.

This fascination has infiltrated my study of the Bible. No, I do not compare the Bible with Criminal Minds. But as we examine the Old Testament, we find clues of the promised Messiah, and find ourselves in the middle of a beautiful tapestry of God’s Word, His Logos. By the Revelation—the end of all history, we know exactly who Christ is and why He died and rose again, and why He loves this wretched human race, we know the end of the story. We witness the fulfillment of all that the Old Testament spoke concerning Him. 

C.S. Lewis passionately wrote concerning the Old Testament, 

“But this is one of the rewards of reading the Old Testament regularly. You keep on discovering more and more what a tissue of quotations from it the New Testament is; how constantly our Lord repeated, reinforced, continued, refined, and sublimated, the Judaic ethics, how very seldom he introduced a novelty.”[1] 

I have expressed it before, but the point cannot be overemphasized, the Old Testament lays the ground work for the New. Without the clues (prophecies) concerning Christ woven in the Old Testament Writ by the poets and prophets—we would not be certain that Jesus is who He claimed to be. The Lord in all His wisdom created the world and set forth a path, a story to follow; His passion for humanity and the promise of redemption for a despairing, discouraged, dying people. His story begins in Genesis. 

“Since in the end we are to come to baptism and the Eucharist, to the stable at Bethlehem, the hill of Calvary, and the emptied rock-tomb, perhaps it is better to begin with circumcision, the Passover, the Ark, and the Temple for 'the highest does not stand without the lowest.' Does not stand, does not stay; rises, rather, and expands, and finally loses itself in endless space. For the entrance is low: we must stoop till we are not taller than children in order to get in.” [2] 

I pray that as you read the prophecies concerning Christ and their fulfillment, that the Holy Spirit awakes in you a love for the Word. A love that fills your heart to overflowing and unstops the wells of living water down inside you.

Christ’s character will be revealed to you through these poetic prophecies. Everything you need, Christ is—He is good; trustworthy; He is just; guiltless and obedient. He is patient and benevolent; He is full of Mercy and Grace and longs to pour it upon you like rain. Let’s begin with His holiness….

His Holiness

Who is like You among the gods, O LORD? Who is like You, majestic in holiness, Awesome in praises, working wonders? Ex. 15:11 NASB

But as for Me, I have installed My King Upon Zion, My holy mountain. Psalm 2:6 NASB

The angel answered and said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God. Luke 1:35 NASB

Which one of you convicts Me of sin? If I speak truth, why do you not believe Me? John 8:46 NASB

For truly in this city there were gathered together against Your holy servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel. Acts 4:27 NASB

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21

And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: He who is holy, who is true, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, and who shuts and no one opens. Revelation 3:7 NASB

I pray that The Holy Spirit hover over you as you read the Word fulfilled; that He whisper into your ears and awaken you to His glory.

And one called out to another and said, "Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory. Isaiah 6:3 NASB

And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within; and day and night they do not cease to say, "HOLY, HOLY, HOLY is THE LORD GOD, THE ALMIGHTY, WHO WAS AND WHO IS AND WHO IS TO COME. Revelation 4:8

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