(1) Jesus crucified, buried, and risen again is our only hope of freedom from sin and an abundant life with God.
(2) Jesus meets us and walks with us in our low places.
(3) Incomplete understanding and wrong expectations of God lead to discouragement.
(4) Jesus reveals Himself to us through His Word and in real relationship with us.
(5) When Jesus’ disciples see Him revealed, the natural response is a burning heart.
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I concluded the message with a list of just a few of the pictures of Jesus we see in the Old Testament. I’ve included that list below.
Types of Christ in the Old Testament
Jesus is Adam: firstborn son of God representing all men, with headship over a new creation.
Jesus is Noah: the only righteous one, rescuing all mankind in an ark of wood, pointing to the cross that will save mankind.
Jesus is Abraham: father of all the family of God.
Jesus is Melchizedek: whose name means “King of Justice” the great high priest who intercedes for us before the Father.
Jesus is Isaac: long-awaited promised only son of Abraham, taken to be sacrificed on the mountaintop.
Jesus is the Ram in the thicket: God’s provision, and the blood sacrifice that took Isaac’s place.
Jesus is Joseph: Hated without a cause, ridiculed, plotted against, stripped of his robe, sold for silver, lied about, placed in captivity with two guilty men, unrecognized by his own people.
Jesus is Moses: the prophet of God and servant leader of Israel.
Jesus is the Pillar of Cloud and the Pillar of Fire: in the midst of His people, leading them out of slavery.
Jesus is Joshua: the victorious warrior, leading His people into the Promised Land.
Jesus is David: Reigning on the throne of Israel, born in Bethlehem, a prophet and a king, returning to reign in Jerusalem gaining victory over his enemies in the name of God.
Jesus is Solomon: son of David, ruling in wisdom.
Jesus is Jonah in the belly of a whale: swallowed by death for three days before his resurrection.
Jesus is Jeremiah: a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
Jesus is Daniel: accepted by the Father, silent before the lions.
Jesus is Nehemiah: passionate about the Holy City and the reputation of God.
Jesus is the Dove: sacrificed as a sin offering on the altar in the Tabernacle.
Jesus is the Eagle: carrying Israel safely to God’s presence in Exodus 19.
Jesus is the Lion in Hosea roaring in victory, and the Lion of Judah in Revelation, victorious champion of heaven.
Jesus is the Sheep without blemish: sacrificed in Leviticus.
Jesus is the Lamb led to slaughter: silent before its shearers in Isaiah.
Jesus is the Scapegoat in Leviticus 16: sent away bearing the sins of the people so that they will not bear it anymore.
Jesus became sin for us as the serpent – the symbol of sin and death – lifted up on a pole in the midst of a tormented people, that all who look to him will be saved from death.
“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.” ( John 3:14)
Jesus is the garments of skin for Adam and Eve: given by God, covering our shame.
Jesus is our sacrifice on the Day of Atonement.
Jesus is Manna in the wilderness: God’s provision, the Bread of Life.
Jesus is our passage through the Red Sea: our escape route from slavery to sin, and our entrance to the Promised Land.
Jesus is the burnt offering, which points to Christ’s willingly offering himself.
Jesus is the meal offering, which points to his purity and sinlessness.
Jesus is the peace offering, which points to his accomplishments on the cross.
Jesus is the sin offering, which points to his dealing with sin’s guilt.
Jesus is the trespass offering, which points to his dealing with sin’s injury.
Jesus is the Passover Feast, which points to Calvary.
Jesus is the Firstborn son, who belonged to God and died in all the homes of Egypt because of their sin
Jesus is the blood on the doorposts of Israel: a covering and a protection, proclaiming our debt paid and our belonging to God as His chosen people.
Jesus is the Passover Lamb who was slain: whose blood paid the price for my sin, and for your sin.
Jesus is the rebuilding of the temple in three days.
Jesus is the indwelling Presence of God in the new temple, His Church.
He is JESUS CHRIST, the LAMB of GOD, the KING of KINGS, the Kinsman Redeemer, the Champion of God, the Lord of Hosts, and the Resurrected Savior.
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