Bible Time Period: Messianic Fulfillment
You sent your only Son, Jesus Christ the Messiah, to fulfill all your promises: Give me new life in him.
Today’s chapters are packed with familiar episodes from the life of Christ: the mission of the Twelve; the feeding of the 5,000; Peter’s confession; the Transfiguration – and that’s just part of chapter 9. Take particular note of these things as you read:
- During the Transfiguration (ch 9), Moses and Elijah speak with Jesus of the “exodus” whereby he will pass through a sea of suffering and lead his people through death to sin and to a new life in him. This is the same Moses and Elijah you read about in the Old Testament. Moses represents the Law and Elijah represents the Prophets. Together they bear witness here to the mission of the messiah.
- In 9:51, Jesus “sets his face to go to Jerusalem” and the Cross. There is no turning back from this point. The following ten chapters describe his ministry in Judea (previously known as “Judah”), during which time he establishes the foundation of his kingdom.
- Way back at the burning bush in Exodus 3, God revealed his name: “I AM.” Not until Jesus comes as Son, is God revealed as “Father.” The Lord’s Prayer (ch 11) asks us to recognize this and act on it.
According to Jesus, what are the conditions and cost of discipleship?
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