"Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures." Luke 24:27
This passage has both challenged me and inspired me for the last couple of years.
"...concerning Himself in all the Scriptures"
Think about that. People have preached and told us about the hundreds of prophecies concerning Jesus. Have you thought about looking for them?
NOTE: Before I go much further, as I have mentioned on other occasions, I don't target people when God has me write in the mornings or whatever He brings something for me to put out there. If anyone feels otherwise, they need to look to the real source, ask God why what they are reading is affecting them so.
I only say that because many don't see things the way that I believe God has shown me. Many hold differing views to understanding the Bible and the things of God. As I have told others, the great equalizer is death. Everyone's theology is corrected when they die. I am sure that there's things that Jesus will straighten out with me too. The real question isn't concerning me, but with you and Jesus. There are no unbelievers after they die, the true story is where they are. Either in Heaven or Hell. What you believe now determines where you will be then.
Yes, a challenge to dig deeper into the Scriptures is good and valuable. I am not telling anyone what they should see, I tell you what God has shown me. Your Bible isn't just for a Sunday Morning.
Today, I found several passages in Psalms that certainly appear to be more of those written about Jesus and His ministry when He walked the Earth with His Disciples.
Psalms 107 has several good passages that I know that I have read before but hadn't seen as prophetic about Jesus.
Verse 6... "Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble;
He delivered them out of their distresses."
25 For He spoke and raised up a stormy wind,
Which lifted up the waves of the sea.
26 They rose up to the heavens, they went down to the depths;
Their soul melted away in their misery.
27 They reeled and staggered like a drunken man, And were at their wits’ end.
28 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, And He brought them out of their distresses.
29 He caused the storm to be still,
So that the waves of the sea were hushed.
30 Then they were glad because they were quiet, So He guided them to their desired haven.
Sound familiar? It should...
When He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered with the waves; but Jesus Himself was asleep. And they came to Himand woke Him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing!” He *said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm. The men were amazed, and said, “What kind of a man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”
There are several Gospel accounts of this.
I found others this morning concerning Judas. Psalms 109. This one is mentioned in the book of Acts when they talked about his replacement.
4 In return for my love they act as my accusers; But I am in prayer.
5 Thus they have repaid me evil for good
And hatred for my love.
6 Appoint a wicked man over him,
And let an accuser stand at his right hand.
7 When he is judged, let him come forth guilty, And let his prayer become sin.
8 Let his days be few; Let another take his office.
9 Let his children be fatherless
And his wife a widow.
10 Let his children wander about and beg;
And let them seek sustenance far from their ruined homes.
11 Let the creditor seize all that he has,
And let strangers plunder the product of his labor.
12 Let there be none to extend lovingkindness to him, Nor any to be gracious to his fatherless children.
13 Let his posterity be cut off;
In a following generation let theirname be blotted out.
Then...you read about what happened to Jesus because of Judas in the Gospels. Then you read in Acts where they specifically mention "Let another take his office."
This is cool stuff!
But think on this greater, more profound, thought.
If even 1 of these was (and is) true, predicted hundreds of years in advance, what are the odds? Think about it. It's been said that over 500 such things are to be found, written hundreds of years in advance.
Still think it's a bunch of foolish ideas in a book? Still think that God's not coming back anytime soon? Think again.
Many God has risen up at specific points in time to prepare the way. John the Baptist was one. Paul was another. So was Peter, John, the other Apostles.
Jesus said that He doesn't want people to be uninformed. That they would be surprised at His return. He has given hundreds of thousands of convincing proofs of Himself in this world and in His Word.
Deep inside we ask a very personal question. Is there nothing more? Those who have found Christ no longer as that question in that way. Jesus shows them there is and a whole lot more.
This post certainly has been different. Evidently there's someone out there that needed something different.
I often learn as much as the reader when the writing is done for the moment.
I don't necessarily cling to everything that Spurgeon, Blackaby or others have preached on or believe. I strive to be taught by my Savior. You must do the same for those of you who believe.
For those who don't, consider what was said today about the Bible. Think about it.
That same Jesus wants a relationship with you. He isn't willing that any should perish but that all would be saved.