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Jesus and Me
By Stephen Elkins, Claudine Gévry
Tommy NelsonCopyright © 2014 Stephen Elkins
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When Did Moses Speak About Jesus?
Deuteronomy 18:15; John 1:45; 5:45–46; Luke 24:27
Jesus was the Son of God. But the Jews wanted proof. According to the Law of Moses, Jesus needed a witness to speak on His behalf. So Jesus told the Jews that Moses had written about Him. Fourteen hundred years before Jesus was born, Moses wrote, "The Lord your God will give you a prophet like me. He will be one of your own people. Listen to him."
How was Jesus like Moses? They were both prophets, priests, lawgivers, and leaders of men. They both taught new truths and new commandments. And they both performed miracles. After Philip met Jesus, he found Nathanael and told him, "Remember that Moses wrote in the law about a man who was coming.... We have found him. He is Jesus."
Dear Father, thank You for Jesus! Because those who find Him find peace. Amen.
Jesus and Me ...
There's another way Jesus was like Moses. Moses was called a deliverer. He obeyed God and delivered the Israelites from captivity in Egypt. Jesus was called "Deliverer" too. He delivers you and me from another kind of captivity—that of sin and death. That is why it is so important to find Jesus! Ask Him into your heart today!
Prophets Said Jesus Was the Promised One
Isaiah 9:6; Micah 5:2; Zechariah 12:10; Psalm 22:16–18
Dear Father, I believe the promise. I believe that Jesus is coming again. Help me share that good news with others. Amen.
Prophets were messengers for God. They told about things that would happen in the future. Isaiah was one of the greatest prophets. He lived eight hundred years before Jesus was born. But listen to the words Isaiah wrote about Jesus: "A child will be born to us. God will give a son to us.... His name will be Wonderful Counselor, Powerful God, Father Who Lives Forever, Prince of Peace."
Through Isaiah, God gave us the wonderful promise of Jesus. But Isaiah wasn't the only prophet who spoke about Jesus. Micah told where He would be born; Zechariah said His side would be pierced; David said He would be crucified.
And they all said that someday the Promised One would come!
Jesus and Me ...
Jesus gave us another promise before leaving the earth and returning to heaven. Did you know that Jesus promised to come a second time? When He came the first time, not everyone got to see Him. But when He comes again, every eye will see Him coming in the clouds!
John the Disciple Said Jesus Was the Word
John 1:1; 14:9; Luke 13:3
The very first verse in the book of John tells us who Jesus is. John calls Him "the Word." Words help us understand things. Words describe things others have not seen, and words can save us from dangerous situations. For example, we shout, "Stop!" to prevent an accident.
John calls Jesus "the Word" because it is Jesus who helps us understand who God is. We haven't seen God, but Jesus tells us about God when He says, "He who has seen me has seen the Father." It is Jesus who tells us about heaven, and it is Jesus who saves us from the dangers of sin. "Change your hearts and lives!" He warns.
Jesus is the walking, talking, living, breathing Word of God.
Dear Father, thank You for Jesus, Your Word made flesh. And thank You for the Bible, Your Word made paper! Amen.
Jesus and Me ...
Jesus is the Word of God made flesh. He was sent to accomplish God's plan. What was God's plan? To save you and me from sin! God's Word was "made flesh" in Jesus. God's Word has also been "made paper." It's called the Bible! Read it every day.
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