I have spent the last 67 days in the Old Testament. In the OT we learn of God’s plan for the human race, their departure from Him – in sin and rebellion – and His grace and mercy extended to all who will come to Him believing Him. We learn in the OT of a Savior and King of kings who is to come. We read prophecies of One who is to come.
When I attended Boyce Bible School, I had a Professor who told us, “The Old Testament is the New Testament concealed; and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed”. A verse in the Revelation of Jesus Christ says, “…For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” (Revelation 19:10b). That meaning that all the Bible is the testimony of Jesus.
It is with great interest and growing love for my Saviour, Lord and King that we enter the New Testament today; and we hear from Him as He walked among men, as a man, yet, more than a man. He is the God/Man. Fully God; Fully Man.
We enter the beginning of the testament of our Saviour and King with a genealogy of kings. I will not post the whole genealogy of Jesus, but the last two verses of that tell us,
“And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ. So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations.” Matthew 1:16-17 (KJV)
In Matthew 5 – 7 we have what could be called the Kings Constitution, or His Kingdom’s Constitution. How many times have you heard, “I live by the Sermon on the Mount”. I am telling you, that the Sermon on the Mount as it is called is more condemning than is the 10 Commandments.
It is within the Sermon on the Mount that Jesus says,
“For I say unto you, ‘That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.'” Matthew 5:20
I can only long for the day that I can adhere to every detail of these Beatitudes (5:3-12), commandments, and expectations. I cannot; though my heart desires it very strongly. My only hope for heaven is the grace of God through His Son Jesus. These are in me because Christ lives in me.
In chapter 13 we have a chapter of parables where the King gives us the layout of His kingdom and who is in it. It is basically those who hear the Word of God and keep it.
How can one have the assurance of spending eternity with the King of kings? By giving one’s life totally over to Him, believing that He bled and died on the cross for our sins, was buried, and arose bodily from that grave conquering the power of sin, death, and hell.
I pray all will have a glorious Resurrection Sunday. This is the day when once per year the resurrection is remembered by Christians the world over. However, every Christian also knows that we remember the Resurrection of our Saviour every Sunday; every Sunday is resurrection Sunday. That is the day He bodily arose and came out of the grave, and appeared to many.
-Tim A. Blankenship