Jesus, the Key

OVERVIEW - Jesus is the key that unlocks the Hebrew Scriptures and reveals the true nature and purposes of God.

Key - by CMDR Shane on Unsplash
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n the New Testament, not only does Jesus play the central role in unveiling the purposes of God; he IS the very center of all the Father’s plans, especially, the redemption of humanity, indeed, of the entire creation. Only in Christ is the glory of the Creator of All Things made known, and only he is qualified to reveal the true nature of Yahweh. In him, all the promises of God find their fulfillment, their “yea” and “amen.” - [Photo by CMDR Shane on Unsplash].

The Gospel of John presents him as the logos, the ultimate revelation of God that “became flesh” in Jesus of Nazareth. God made all things according to the logos, which has now been “made flesh.” In him, the glory of God resides, for he is the true and greater Tabernacle.  The “law” was given through Moses, but “grace and truth” came to be through the “only born son” who dwells in the “bosom” of the God “no man has seen,” therefore, he alone is well able to “interpret” all that God is, and therefore, he who seen the Son has “seen the Father” - (John 1:14-18, 14:7).

Likewise, Jesus, the “Son of Man,” is the “ladder” between earth and the now “open heavens,” the one on which the angels “ascend and descend,” and the only means by men and women will “come to the Father.” He is the true and greater “sanctuary” raised up by God and foreshadowed by the Ancient Tabernacle in the “wilderness,” as well as by the later Temple “made-with-hands” in Jerusalem - (John 1:51, 2:17-22, 14:1-7).

In Matthew, Jesus came to “fulfill the law and the prophets,” which he demonstrated by authoritatively declaring the true intent and meaning of the law of Moses - “You have heard it said to them of old… but I declare to you!” Obedience to his words decide whether one is accepted or rejected, and “cast into outer darkness” - (Matthew 5:17-20, 7:21-23).

In the Gospel of Mark, he is the “beginning of the gospel,” the promised Messiah who “baptizes in the Holy Spirit.” At his baptism in the Jordan, heaven itself was “rent asunder” and the voice from heaven declared Jesus “my beloved Son.” Later, at the Transfiguration, the very voice declared to the disciples: “This is my beloved Son. Be hearkening to him!” Jesus was the designated Messiah of Israel and the authoritative “spokesman” for the Almighty. He is the light, the one who possesses the words of life - (Mark 1:1-11, 9:7).

In Paul’s letters, Jesus is the “Son” who came from the seed of David, “who was distinguished as the Son of God by power, according to a spirit of holiness, through a resurrection of the dead.” In him, God has revealed the “mystery that has been kept hidden since times everlasting, but now is manifested, and by the scriptures of the prophets” - (Romans 1:3-4, 16:25, 1 Corinthians 1:24, Colossians 1:26, 2:2).

Indeed, “Christ is the mystery of God” that was “hidden for ages and generations, but now has been manifested to his saints”:
  • (Ephesians 3:8-11) – “To me was this grace given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make all men see what is the dispensation of the mystery which for ages has been hid in God, who created all things; to the intent, that now, to the principalities and the powers in the heavenlies, might be made known through the church the manifold wisdom of God, according to the everlasting purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
For that matter, “Christ crucified” is the very “power and wisdom of God” in whom all the promises of God find their ‘yea’ and ‘amen’.” Indeed, he is the very “image of the unseen God,” and it is from his “face” alone that we acquire the “knowledge of the glory of God.”
The ordinances and regulations of the Torah were but “shadows of the coming things,” however, Jesus is the “body,” the substance that cast the shadows - (2 Corinthians 1:20, 4:4-6, Colossians 1:15, 2:16).

In the Book of Revelation, the sacrificial “Lamb,” is the only one in the entire Cosmos who is found “worthy” to take and open the “sealed scroll.” By doing so, he unveils and executes its contents, a process that began on his arrival at the divine Throne, and one that will consummate in nothing less than the New Creation. Therefore, all creation has declared him “worthy” to receive all power, glory, and authority, for, “by his death, he redeemed men and women from every nation to become a kingdom of priests for God” - (Revelation 5:6-12).

Thus, Jesus is the one who now holds all authority, including the “keys to Death and Hades,” and the glorious “son of man” who “opens and no man shuts.” He is the key that unlocks Scripture, reveals ALL God’s mysteries, “shows us the Father,” fulfills all the promises of God, and executes the redemptive plans of Heaven, all while reigning on the “throne of David” - (Revelation 1:1, 1:17-20).




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