Friday, January 1, 2010

Looking for Jesus

Many years ago as the Lord continued to reveal truths to me that I could barely take in, I had this deep desire to share what I was learning with others.  That is when I began to blog.  It was the only way I knew how to express to others what I was learning about this amazing God that I was just beginning to really deeply know in a personal and intimate way.  I sat on my bed one day, penning various blog posts idea's and asked myself, "What did I really want others to learn from me?"  My answer was simple, yet has remained my purpose and source of inspiration. 

I just want others to learn to know and love my Jesus they way I do.

Every time I read the Word, something new takes my breath away.  Something that I know I have read many times before, but this time I see something I have never seen before.  I love it!  This is how I have come to know Jesus, by reading and studying and immersing myself in the Word of God.

I have a suggestion for you as you read & study your Bible this year.  Look for Jesus in every book of the Bible you read.  His name is whispered in every book that God inspired. 

My pastor, Chuck Swindoll writes in his Living Insights Study Bible,

If you make careful examination of the Scriptures, book by book, you will find the person of Christ enfolded into each in one form or another.

Then he gives a list that I found very interesting & wanted to share with you.

In Genesis, He is the woman's offspring (3:15)
In Exodus, He is the Passover lamb (12:1-14)
In Leviticus, He is the atoning sacrifice (17:11)
In Numbers, He is the bronze snake ( 21:8-9)
In Deuteronomy, He is the promised prophet
In Joshua, He is the commander of the Lord's army (5:13-15)
In Judges, He is our Deliverer
In Ruth, He is our heavenly kinsman-redeemer
In Samuel and Kings and Chronicles He is the promised king
In Ezra and Nehemiah, He is the restorer of the nation
In Esther, He is our advocate
In Job, He is our redeemer (19:25)
In Psalms, He is our all in all
In Proverbs, He is our pattern
In Ecclesiastes, He is our goal
In Song of Songs, He is our beloved
In the Prophets, He is the coming Prince of Peace
In Matthew, He is Christ: the King
In Mark, He is Christ: the Servant
In Luke, He is Christ: the Son of Man
In John, He is Christ: the Son of God
In Acts, He is Christ: risen, seated, sending
In the Letter, He is Christ: Indwelling, filling
In Revelation, He is Christ:returning, reigning

It isn't enough for us to understand with our minds that Jesus Christ is the central theme of Scripture.  He longs to be the central theme of our lives- every section of it, from the legal section to the casual section, from the intellectual section to the intimate section.  He wants to invade every area-the thought factory of our minds, our wills, our decisions, our businesses, our work, our play, our relationships, our home, our eyes, our hands and our hearts. ~ Chuck Swindoll

I hope that we you begin a new year, that you will come to a deeper understanding of who Jesus is, what he chose to do for you, and how deep his love for you is.  Believe me, the more I learn, the more incomprehensible it all really is!

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Debbie Dittrich said...

Awesome post, Dana. Love how you write. You are gifted. Did you design you own blog? It is great. I need to hire someone to help me with mine. Interested??

LauraLee Shaw said...

I am so glad you listened to the Lord and that you are now boldly proclaiming His name. You are a blessing and encouragement to all who hear your "voice."