Saturday, 30 April 2011

The Christocentric Word

Looking back at Genesis, we read that God promised Abraham that his descendants will be innumerable. Although it is easy to think that God spoke about the Jews, initially, the chosen race has grown and it's horizons extended 2000 years ago. we realize that He really meant Christians - those who have accepted God, His sacrifice and have put their trust in Him alone.
Why is this Christocentric? - I wondered myself....
...but from the time of Abraham, it is clear that God had this great sacrifice in mind to form a relationship with His people in the right time...God planned to come to earth as a man - Jesus Christ - from a long time ago! A truly comforting and amazing thought that He cared for us and thought of us even then.

1 Samuel and 2 Samuel tell the story of a great Jewish king - David. Many events in David's life foreshadow the events in Jesus' life...although subtle these hints, accentuate the purpose of the Bible God's word - To be centered on Christ!
Some of the few hints that struck me were...

  • David chose a few men as 'his', to walk with them .etc. This reminds us of Jesus choosing a few men as 'His' - although we read in the gospels that many people followed Jesus, travelling with Him to hear Him, it is clear the 12 disciples were 'His' men as they were the ones who Jesus traveled and spent most of His time with.
  • David helped many people; the crowds admired him and followed him. However, when David needed the crowds most, they deserted Him, forgetting all that he had done for them, being so ungrateful! Does this ring a bell? Sure does! Jesus too helped many, in fact, He did a lot more than David did, yet, the people deserted Him and many cried out falsely against Him for Him to be crucified. This connection between David and Jesus is remarkable...but whatever the connection, Jesus is God incarnate while David was just a mortal like you and me!
Other pieces of scripture also hold a lot of significance to the Christocentric principle...
In 2 Samuel 7: 12 - 14 - God promises David that his son will build the temple of God that David had planned.
12 When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14 I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with a rod wielded by men, with floggings inflicted by human hands.
This promise was about David's son Solomon, however, certain elements of the promise foreshadow Jesus' reign...
I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. Whose kingdom will be established forever? Jesus' of we know Solomon passed away but our Lord Jesus still lives and will live for ever more and His new kingdom will be one that will be established for ever.
I will raise up your offspring to succeed you We do know that Jesus was a part of David's family line...not directly but in regards to His earthly (step) father - Joseph (Read Matthew 1)
I will be his father, and he will be my son Although Jesus was God incarnate, we refer to Him and He refers to Himself in many places as the Son and God as His father...
He is the one who will build a house for my Name Although this is more of the subtlest hints in this passage, I feel that this is a really important one. Jesus said that the temple of God will be built in three days...that I feel is the greatest house for the Name of the Lord - Jesus' own body. The amazing thing about this House is that, no one can rob it of its glory and it will always remain!

Astonishing hints await in every page of the Bible, but our finite minds need a lot more than a lifetime to fathom and figure each little, subtle yet beautiful evidence out!

1 comment:

  1. Absolutely remarkable cindy...
    Great findings and Words.