Thursday, December 20, 2012

Rejoice, Messiah has come!

Andrew and Simon Peter followed John the Baptist and when John pointed to Jesus and said to Andrew, "Behold the Lamb of God!" Andrew followed Jesus and brought his brother with him, saying--

"He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ)."

In order to find something, you have to be looking for it. These two disciples were looking. They knew the Messiah was prophesied to come and they were waiting, praying, sacrificing, and hoping. They looked and they found. Seek and ye shall find ... (Luke 11:9a).

The Greek word for 'found' as it's used in John's verse means, "I find, learn, discover, especially after searching."

I pray you are searching for Messiah, too. Here are some of the precious names He is called in the bible:

King -- “As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.” (Psalm 2:6)

God with us -- "Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel." (Isaiah 7:14)

Son of Man -- "I kept looking in the night visions, And behold, with the clouds of heaven One like a Son of Man was coming, And He came up to the Ancient of Days And was presented before Him." (Daniel 7:13-14). He is referred to by His own lips as that title about 80 times in the New Testament.

Star -- "I see Him but not now, I behold Him but not near. A star shall come forth from Jacob, a scepter shall rise from Israel." (Numbers 24:17)

Good Shepherd -- "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. " (John 10:11)

Redeemer -- "‘A Redeemer will come to Zion. And to those who turn from transgression in Jacob,’ declares the Lord.” (Isaiah 59:20)

Any study of Jesus, even if it's simply a list, would be comprehensive and overwhelming. He is so great, we can study about Him forever. And glory to God in the Highest, we who have repented and are counted as justified and sanctified, CAN and WILL study Him forever--

"Your word, O LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens." (Psalm 119:89)

Merry Christmas!

(adapted from John MacArthur's sermon "The Perfect Mediator")

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