Week Five - Day Three
God’s Truth Revealed
Luke 24:26-32 - “Was it not necessary that the Christ should su er these things and enter into his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther, but they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them. When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?”
Hebrews 9:13-15 - For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit o ered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God. Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that re- deems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.
In Jesus’ life, he explained that he was not creating a new order, but was fulfilling the requirements that God has set for his people (Matthew 5:17). It’s in his walk to Emmaus with his disciples that he explicitly describes how he is the fulfillment of the whole of the Old Testament. God had promised a Redeemer to reconcile his people to himself. Human sin separates us from God, but God had promised a Savior that would bring us back in right relationship with God. The Jews thought this meant another earthly king. But in the writings of Moses and the Prophets, God taught that the payment for sin was innocent blood (Leviticus 5:5-13). The writer of Hebrews agrees with the Old Testament laws: “Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins” (Heb 9:22). The Jewish people didn’t seem to understand that the sacrificial system in the book of Leviticus was temporary; it could never fully atone for our sin. A perfect sacrifice had to be made in order to be redeemed for eternity.
Even before Jesus was born, Isaiah’s prophecy foretold his su ering (Isaiah 53:3-5). Perhaps it was with this Scripture on his mind that Jesus starts his Bible study with a question, ”Wasn’t it necessary that the Christ should su er these things?” Every- thing Jesus said and did perfectly matched God’s word (John 7:16). He was the fulfillment of prophecy and everything God had promised. He is the way we are brought back into right relationship with our creator God.
Spend 5 or more minutes journaling of God's faithfulness in your life. How does believing God keeps his promises help you to endure difficulties that come your way? How can you help others rely on God's promises in times of trials?