The True and Better
It is commonly understood throughout Christian circles everywhere that every sermon and ultimately every passage of Scripture in the Bible can point to Jesus Christ and the Gospel. The Gospel message is the foundation of Christianity and without an adequate understanding of the Gospel, one can not fully understand the Christian faith.
The Gospel is Jesus coming to earth, living a sinless life, becoming the sacrifice for the sins of humanity, and rising from the dead, conquering death. In the sinless death of Christ, mankind can be counted righteous through a faith in Christ. Because Christ is alive and no longer bound by death, we have assurance in the promises Christ made and the prophecies spoken about Him.
Over the past couple years, an inside joke with many of my Christian friends has circulated the conversations, always appearing in times where Bible verses come into play. As I have moved around a couple times in the past two years, I have been able to make Exodus 2:12 a very well-known passage in my friend groups. I believe I have been able to encourage many people in the memorization of this verse as well (added bonus). If you do not know the verse, I have included it below:
"[Moses] looked this way and that, and seeing no one, he struck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand."
I was recently talking with my friend about how incredibly astounding it is that the Old Testament Scriptures and prophecies point to the coming Messiah with such great detail and accuracy. As we were talking I mentioned the verse Exodus 2:12 jokingly and said that verse obviously pointed to Christ. We both had a good laugh about the prospect of finding the Gospel in such an obscure verse, but as we talked about the verse a little more, I really began to think about how one could possibly find Jesus in the murder Moses committed.
Pastor and Theologian Tim Keller wrote a list of statements titled, "Jesus is the True & Better" comparing Jesus to different characters in the Old Testament. The list consists of patriarchal leaders, kings, and other notable servants of God. As I have been contemplating how Jesus could fit into one of the greatest mistakes of Moses' life, reading this quote by Keller brought everything to light:
"Jesus is the true and better Moses who stands in the gap between the people and the Lord and who mediates a new covenant."
It is seen throughout the New Testament that Moses is a well-known and respected leader, having written the law and standards the Jewish people live by. In speaking of Moses, Hebrews 3:5,6 says:
"Now Moses was faithful in all God's house as a servant, to testify to the things that were to be spoken later, but Christ is faithful over God's house as a son. And we are his house if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope."
The author of Hebrews in verse three of this chapter also says "Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses" (emphasis added).
Upon reading this quote I now understood how one could find Jesus in a seemingly obscure verse hundreds of years before His birth.
Jesus is the true and better Moses. In his death, He became the bridge between God and man, the mediator between broken mankind and Holy God. When Moses witnessed the burdens and hardships of his people by the Egyptians, he struck down one of the oppressors in anger. When Christ experienced burden and hardship at the hands of His people, He chose to die for their anger crying out "Father forgive them, for they know not what they do" ( Luke 23:34 ).
With man we see the flaws and brokenness of his sinful flesh as a result of the Fall. With Jesus we see perfection, completion, and holiness. He is the righteous Son of God, the sinless sacrifice for humanity. Jesus is the fulfillment of the law, removing the impossible task of keeping the law from our shoulders. In His complete upholding of the law, Jesus accomplished that which we could never accomplish. In His righteousness we can be made righteous through a faith in Him.
When it all comes down to it, our faith is not some distant idea or theory. Our religion is a man, a man that lived amongst humanity, died for the sins of humanity, and rose again giving hope to humanity. Jesus is our religion and without Him and the promises He made, we are to be the most pitied of all ( 1 Corinthians 15:19 ). As you spend time in the Word, I encourage you to take a few steps to get the most out of your quiet times:
It seems basic enough but when you spend time preparing yourself for the reading of Scripture, you are able to focus in on what God may want to teach you during that time. Dedicate your time to God and all that He wants to show you through the passages you will soon read.
2. Find Jesus in your reading
At the very core and on every page of the Bible we find Jesus. Try to identify where you can see Christ in the chapters or verses you read. When we delve into the Bible with an understanding that all of it is pointing to Christ, we can reflect on His sovereignty and immediately thank Him for all that He has done.
3. Earnestly seek to grow
We must never view our reading of God's Word as an item we can simply check off each day before we go to sleep. The Word of God is the sword with which we do battle and if we are not sharpening our sword there is no possible way we will be prepared. Read through the text multiple times, meditate on the passage, pray about what you have read, and journal about it. You will find that the quality of your quiet times speaks largely about your personal relationship with Christ.