Wednesday, 23 March 2011

The Christocentric Word

During some of my recent studies, it has become highly evident that the Bible from start to finish is all about Jesus. From the mind-blowing accounts of the creation to the prophecies that fill us with fear of what is to come, every thread that weaves this tapestry talks about the Lamb. I have planned to record what I learn in these segments to try to learn more about this prodigious topic.

From the begining...

The most obvious metaphor Moses uses to represent Jesus in his writing is 'The Tree of Life' - Many are aware that 'The Tree of Life' was forbidden to Adam and Eve as it would've enabled them to live forever. Although many would interpret it in a literal way for a long endless mortal life, this Christocentric aspect reveals a lot more.
The endless life symbolizes our spiritual life, after death; it is the eternal life we would receive through Jesus Christ in Heaven. This reminds me of what Jesus said to the Samaritan women in John 4:14, "but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst..."  this whole idea of a belief and trust in Jesus saving you from death and pain was introduced, even before Jesus came down into the world. Isn't it amazing?

In Genesis Chapter 3, we see that God clothes Adam and Eve with animal skin to cover their shame. Their doubt that Satan planted brought forth deception, which brought disobedience, thus sin. Sin being a shameful thing evoked guilt and shame in their hearts and they tried to set things right (their way) by stitching clothes with fig leaves. However, the extended metaphor God uses here is greater, God clearly indicates that blood needs to be shed to clothe us and cover our shame; a reflection and foreshadow of what was to come. Jesus' blood had to be shed to cover up our shameful sins and bring forth redemption.

These symbols, foreshadows and metaphors continue to amaze me; what a well planned and Christocentric Word our God has given us?

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