Boasting in Jesus
On April 16th, we celebrate Easter for the 1,987th time since Jesus rose from the dead in 30 AD. What a great opportunity to boast in the Lord’s greatness!
What has Jesus done? Well, first he lived an absolutely perfect life, never sinning once in thought or word or deed. He loved the LORD his God with all his heart, soul, mind and strength. He also fully loved His neighbor as himself, praying for those abusing Him.
As the new-Aaron, Jesus became the perfect high priest who reconciled His people to God (Hebrews 9:12). In fact, He is building those people into a new temple where God himself will dwell (1 Peter 2:5).
Jesus is the architect-builder of new Jerusalem–a holy city, cubed just like the Holy of Holies (Revelation 21:16; 1 Kings 6:20). In fact, that cubed city measures 1,379 miles. That’s something like the distance from Bryan College in Dayton to just beyond Gallup, New Mexico. A cube that size could fit inside the Moon, and the eight corners would stick out over a hundred miles each.
As the new Joshua, Jesus is dividing the land by lot, giving it to the meek (compare Matthew 5:5 with Numbers 34:17).
As the new Adam, Jesus is creating a family of righteous people “having been made perfect” by God (1 Corinthians 15:45; Hebrews 12:23). Those redeemed people one day will perfectly share Jesus’ perfection (1 John 3:2). Adam’s sin exiled all humanity from the Garden of Eden. Thus, God stationed Cherubs to guard the tree of life. Cherubs were on the veil of the temple (Exodus 26:31). When Jesus died on the cross, His death ripped the veil in the temple in two (Matthew 27:51). Those in Christ now have access to God in true Eden.
Jesus, as the true seed of Abraham, brings blessing to all the families of the earth (Genesis 12:3; Galatians 3:8). That new spiritual family is growing, in spite of opposition from everywhere (Isaiah 9:7).
Jesus as the new Moses wrote the law of God on the hearts of His redeemed.
Through normal, ordinary Christians, Jesus has worked for unity among nations, built orphanages, worked prison reform, passed child-labor laws, cared for the homeless, built Women’s shelters, fought for the rights of the unborn, and called out kings and governments for inconsistency to God’s law.
Jesus is the lamb who takes away the sin of world. His death clothes His bride with righteousness just as God clothed Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:21; Romans 13:14). His redeemed share a paleo-orthodoxy which stretches the arc of human history. His followers are changing the world.
On Easter, let us all “Boast in the LORD.”