Other posts in this forum (see other topics) have challenged you all to conduct your own personal experiment and get to know the God of the Bible.
I'm going to help you along by telling you about an interesting sermon. I hope you can follow along - it's a bit involved.
This sermon was conducted by a Christian Missionary & Alliance Church Pastor on 8/28/05.It is titled "The Supremacy of Christ". Truth is reality - truth is realized through Jesus Christ.
1. Start by reading Exodus 27:16 (old testament - for those who do not know this - the entire old testament is a testament to Jesus Christ - in other words - there is a story running through the old testament that when read in the light of the new testament - reveals Jesus Christ. For example - when God says in Genesis that the serpent shall strike your heel but you shall crush his head - he is talking about his son, Jesus Christ - this is in reference to Jesus dying on the cross (struck his heel) and then Jesus' victorious resurrection from the dead (crush his head)).
I hope you can follow this.
"The entrance of the enclosure shall be covered with a 20 cubit embroidered drape made of sky-blue, dark red, and crimson wool together with twisted linen. It shall have 4 pillars and 4 bases." (Exodus 27:16)
2. Then read Second Timothy 3:16 (This is to point out why we are studying Exodus 27:16)
"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness" (2 Tim 3:16)
3. Exodus 27:16 describes in great detail how the tabernacle where God said He would dwell with His people, was to be built.
There were 12 tribes of Israel (compare - Jesus had 12 disciples), but only one entrance to the tabernacle (symbolizes only one way to God - compare -
"Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6).
4. Why are the colors important? Colors were used to represent certain things:
Blue = represents the divine God
Red = servant, sacrifice
White = perfect humanity, purity, victory
Purple = King, Sovreignity
In the old testament:
When the tabernacle was complete there was only one entrance - all 12 tribes would go through the one way to be with God
When they saw the blue they would think of God
When they saw the red they would think of the animal sacrifice for their sins
When they saw the white they would remember that they were purified by the death of their animal sacrifice
When they saw purple this signified God's sovreignity
In the new testament:
Blue = When the resurrection was complete - there was made a way (the blue in the tabernacle entrance = Jesus) for all people to be with God.
Red = The red blood of Jesus provided the final, ultimate sacrifice for all of our sins.
White = Jesus is perfect humanity, pure and victorious.
Purple = Jesus the Christ is the Sovreign Lord, King, Supreme.
5. This wraps up the Supremacy of Christ. Colossians 1:15-20
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
For in him were created all things in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions
or principalities or powers; all things were created through him and for him.
He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
He is the head of the body, the church.
He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things he himself might be preeminent.
For in him all the fullness was pleased to dwell,
and through him to reconcile all things for him, making peace by the blood of his cross (through him),
whether those on earth or those in heaven. (Colossians 1:15-20)
6. Did you know that Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, were all written using these representations? In other words,
each of the four gospels tells about Jesus using blue, red, white, and purple.
Matthew: Christ as King (blue)
Mark: Christ as Servant (red)
Luke: Christ as Man (white)
John: Christ as the Sovreign God (purple) (answers the question: Is Jesus Christ really the Son of God?)
7. Why four portraits (gospels) of Jesus? Jews needed to know Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies of Messiah/King.
Gentiles needed some Jewish cultural concepts explained. More importantly: we need a full picture of Jesus.
A Christian is more than a Bible thumper, viewing our many facets helps you better understand us.
Similarly, Jesus’ many facets — His heart, words, life, and mission — are all necessary to appreciating His true nature.
We must see Jesus as King (Matthew), the servant (Mark), like us - as man (Luke), and as sovreign God (John). The moral of the story:
God didn't make no junk when he made you. He knew you in your mother's womb when he knit you together, He created you. He did not destroy you when He had the chance because He loves you.
If you really desire to know the truth then you must conduct a personal experiment. It involves you reading the Bible and then asking God to show you that He is real. If you can reduce your emotions to science then you will be able to understand how to complete the experiment.
If you laugh, criticize, refuse to believe, and in general be a half-empty instead of half-full kind of person, then you lose, you fail. Now, when we're talking about the perfect man - we're not talking about this man: The perfect Gingerbread man -
cute, sweet and quiet, and if he annoys me I can bite his head off!No, when we're talking about the perfect man - we're talking about this guy:
Just kidding. Well, sort of.
Have a great week,