Last week we finished the series I had titled The Old Testament Jesus and over a four-week period we covered quite a few Old Testament accounts of HIs appearance. We saw that he appeared as the Angel of the Lord, as a man, as an angel and as the king of peace and a priest of the Most High God in the person of Melchizedek. We looked at numerous scriptures that provided some details of these appearances and I might add that many of these accounts are described by more than one writer. In other words, the proof is in God’s Word.
At this point I would like say that I have presented these accounts from a layman’s perspective and may have embellished some of the appearances as being Jesus when it is possible that it may not have been. However, nothing was presented as an attempt or with any intention of misrepresentation but to clearly show that Jesus has always been active in the lives of men long before His physical birth, His physical death, and His bodily resurrection as we find accounted for in the New Testament scriptures.
The opening words of John’s gospel tells us all we need to know about His existence. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.” John 1:1-2 and then “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14. So, even before the foundations of the world, Jesus was. And now He is seated at the right hand of the Father. And He will one day return for His own to reign with Him forever more.
With all that said let’s move on to this evening’s post and a new topic. In light of this week’s events I would like to come back to the reality that this world is in a mess and it is obvious that Satan is hard at work. Several months back we did a series centered around the most prominent issues of today’s times and we took a close look at what God’s Word says about them. We considered abortion, homosexuality, and disobedience to civil and government authority and then talked about how we as Christians should react to each one of them. But as we have seen recently, there are other issues that are not necessarily new but are just now beginning to surface on a regular basis. And again, they are most assuredly evidence of the evil that is all around us.
Over the next few weeks we are going to look more closely at some issues that have begun to rapidly divide our nation and even in some cases our families. Some are obvious but some are very subtle in nature and hardly seem worth considering. However, we all know that the sins that seem so small have a way of growing into something large and unmanageable. The magnitude and the pace of change that has very negative consequences is further proof of our evil environment and a foresight of where we are headed. But God is not caught off guard and He has been warning us that these times were coming.
I appreciate each of you that faithfully reads the post each week and I certainly cherish any comments that you make. Again, most of the time I am just putting in writing what is on my mind and trying to apply what God’s Word has to say about each situation. I have enjoyed what research I’ve done and I have learned so much as I have done so. I have also been reminded over and over that God’s Word is complete, infallible, inerrant and consistent in all ways at all times for all time.
Until next week, may God richly bless each of you and your families.