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Fulfillment of the Exodus

April 3rd, 2018
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As Christians we understand the death and resurrection of Jesus are related intimately to the Exodus from Egypt.

We see a symbolic continuity between the slaughtered lamb of the Passover night and the crucified Lamb of God.

Paul says this clearly in 1 Corinthians 5:7-8

7 Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch – as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 8 Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old bread leavened with malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Paul sees the spiritual implications of Christ as our Passover. It leads to a new life. A life free from hurting others and selfishness. A life that is real, not pretending to be something we are not.

Further as Moses led the Israelites through the sea into freedom from bondage to Pharaoh, so Jesus Christ through the resurrection provides the way out (the literal meaning of ‘exodus”) of bondage to sin and death.

In fact the word for exodus is used in Luke 9:30-31

30 Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendour, talking with Jesus. 31 They spoke about his departure,[1] which he was about to bring to fulfilment at Jerusalem.
Footnotes:
1. Luke 9:31 Greek exodos

Jesus death is the fulfillment of the exodus.

This exodus reference point is also used by Paul to encourage the church to learn the lessons of the wilderness wanderings of Israel.

1 Corinthians 10:1-13

1 For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea.
2 They were all baptised into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. 3 They all ate the same spiritual food 4 and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.

We see here that Christ is the continuity in the experience.

5 Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.
6 Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did. 7 Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written: ‘The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry.’ 8 We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did – and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died. 9 We should not test Christ,] as some of them did – and were killed by snakes. 10 And do not grumble, as some of them did – and were killed by the destroying angel.
11 These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination(or fulfillment) of the ages has come.

We are not living in the age of promise but the age of fulfillment. But we are to learn from them.

12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 13 No temptation[c] has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted[d] beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,[e] he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
e (or testing)

Thus the story of the Israelites teach a lesson of the dangers of carelessly living as before, trusting in what is not of God.

Again we say that God’s faithfulness is another great continuity in the experience. We are to trust him in all circumstances.

One of the great images of the Passover season Paul uses is applying the concept of firstfruits to Jesus.

We see this in the resurrection chapter 1 Corinthians 15:20

But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

What is the significance of this statement.

John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible:

The allusion is to the firstfruits of the earth, which were offered to the Lord: and especially to the sheaf of the firstfruits, which was waved by the priest before him, ( Deuteronomy 26:2 ) ( Leviticus 23:10 Leviticus 23:11 ) and to which Christ, in his resurrection from the dead, is here compared.

The firstfruits were what first sprung out of the earth, were soonest ripe, and were first reaped and gathered in, and then offered unto the Lord; so Christ first rose from the dead, and ascended to heaven, and presented himself to God; as the representative of his people;

For though there were others that were raised before him, as the widow of Sarepta’s son by Elijah, the Shunammite’s son by Elisha, and the man that touched the prophet’s bones when put into his grave, and Jairus’s daughter, the widow of Naam’s son, and Lazarus by Christ; yet as these did not rise by their own power, so only to a mortal life: but Christ, as he raised himself by his own power, so he rose again to an immortal life, and was the first that ever did so; he was the first to whom God showed, and who first trod this path of life.

The firstfruits were the best, what was then ripest, and so most valuable; Christ is the first, and rose the first in dignity, as well as in time; he rose as the head of the body, as the firstborn, the beginning, that in all things he might have, and appear to have, as he ought to have, the pre-eminence.

The firstfruits sanctified the rest of the harvest, represented the whole, gave right to the ingathering of it, and ensured it; Christ by lying in the grave, and rising out of it, sanctified it for his people, and in his resurrection represented them; they rose with him, and in him; and their resurrection is secured by his; because he lives, they shall live also.

The imagery of the exodus also runs through the argument of Paul in the book of Romans. It is foundational to his understanding of Christ.

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He Arose

April 22nd, 2014
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 John 20

 This momentous event formed the central hope for the Christian movement.

 The Father’s will was the freely chosen decision before the foundation of the world to have many sons and daughters in Christ. He is the firstborn among many brethren.

To read a deeper analyzes of this please click here for Don’t Cry for Jesus by Gary Deddo.

 The resurrection is the beginning of the new life intended for all humanity. Just as in Adam all die, in Christ all will be made alive.

 The new creation has begun in Christ.

 1 Peter 1:3-5

 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!

This is the great work for which we praise the Father.

In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,

God wants us to have the highest destiny. His love for us has purposed us to be his children in Christ.

5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.

What a glorious day that will be when we stand in Jesus’ resurrection to see the glory revealed in us.

 Paul also emphasized this in Ephesians 2:4-6

 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.

 This great love is the cause of our new birth. This great love is the reason the resurrection of Christ has become our own. This love achieved all for us even when we were still dead in our trangressions.

 Notice how everything about us is with Christ.

 What we have just expressed had their origins in the first words spoken by the risen Christ.

 John 20:17

 17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father.

 Don’t panic , I am still here with you.

 Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

 Jesus is calling the disciples his brothers. Something about the resurrection has forged this new bond.

 He sheds light on this by saying ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father.” This is not just a fatherhood caused by being the source of creation. This is much more profound.

 There is something new here. Because of the redemptive sacrifice of Jesus and his resurrection a new sonship is granted to those who live by the life of Christ.

 Jesus is implying that his Father is henceforth the Father of his disciples because the love he bears his only Son is extended to the human race that has been saved and can participate in his Sonship. Son. Jesus does create a distinction with my Father and your Father.

 It is the distinction between the natural sonship which belongs solely to Jesus, inherent in his person, and the adoptive sonship that stems from the Father’s free and gracious gift. But we now share this common Sonship with the Father.

 The Sonship of the only Son is communicated to men, and the Father extends to all the love that binds him to Jesus.

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The Children of the Resurrection

September 10th, 2013
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Let’s hear the hope from I Thessalonians.

 1 Thessalonians 1-2

 I enjoy listening to Paul’s feelings for the church.

 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3

We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. 3 We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith,

 This is a wonderful description of the children of the resurrection.

 It describes an active people. They are not just sitting around waiting for the coming of Jesus Christ. As Jesus said “My Father and I work. They have invited us to join them in this salvation work. When we believe then we see our lives caught up in to God’s great plan for humanity and the whole creation.

 The energy we put in to this work comes not from fear of missing out, or trying to get enough brownie points to get a reward. It flows from the very relationship that exists with in the family relationship of God. God is love, he so loved the world that he sent his Son in to this world.

 your labour prompted by love,

God is love. Thus all labour must be prompted by who God is for us in Christ. This response allows God to work through us in our daily lives.

 And your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

The endurance, not to give up, is centred on something really important : our hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

 Paul described this in I Corinthians after a whole discourse on the resurrection:

 1 Corinthians 15: 50-58

 50 I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

 55 “Where, O death, is your victory?

Where, O death, is your sting?”

 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

 58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

 The children of the resurrection do not tire or become weary in cynicism It can seem that what we do is easily forgotten or of no consequence. We can become disillusioned by the ordinariness of our lives. Sin in this world seems to destroy even the good we do. But it is never in vain.

 Sometimes we can feel very strongly that we have achieved nothing.

 I have found the following comment very helpful:

 What this means is that God will take all the partial and fragmentary work we do in his name and raise it up in the resurrection, whole and complete. Ultimately, each day’s work will seen to be another miracle of the loaves and fishes –God doing much with little.

 According to Paul the apostle, life and work this side of the resurrection is a matter of sowing –in the despair of mortality and weakness and sometimes dishonour. But come the resurrection, there will be harvesting. What was sown mortal will be raised immortal. What was sown in dishonour will be raised in glory, what was sown in weakness will be raised in power .

 The significance of this promise is intensely practical in the here and now. It means the work we do matters, because God wills it so.

(Ben Patterson Worship and Work)

 So we are the children of a living hope who can enjoy a certain playfulness in the arms of our heavenly Father.

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