A Study In Contrasts, John’s Gospel

Alright, business first:

I’m feeling as though I’m out here writing in the wilderness. I find myself calling out, “Anybody home?”

So. Are you?

I’m learning that I need to hear from you, my dear readers. Write On! Hit the comment button on the bottom of the blog, and let me know what you’re thinking. Am I boring you to death? Were you interested at first and then gave up? Did you plan to read through and find yourself more and more behind? Let’s talk!

(I have an idea to contrast the Muslim idea of changing the world with the Jewish taking of the Promised Land. I’ve heard so many talk about the Jews as being “just as bloody for God as the Muslims.” Not true. Numbers clears that up. If you’d like to talk about that, I would. Let me know?)

Gotta confess. I don’t know where the week went. I finished Numbers and last night, I started the Gospel of John. You can see the pattern, Old Testament book, New Testament book, OT, NT, all in order. Not too hard. The best part is that you don’t have to carry around a little sheet telling you where you should be on this particular day. Works for me.

I’ve lost too many things in the last week (cell phone, keys, bike locks) to be worrying about a little piece of paper!

So. What do I get out of the first chapter of John?

Contrasts.

In Numbers, the priests had a start date and an end date. No work before age 20 or after age 50. In John, our next priest is ageless (He already existed, in John 1:1-5).

In Numbers the priests were honored. In John, the priest isn’t even recognized, let alone accepted. (John1:10)

In Numbers, we get the law. In John, Jesus brings us “God’s unfailing love and faithfulness.” (John1:17)

In Numbers, there was no end to the sacrifice. Day after Day. Week after Week. Once a day. Twice a day. More on feast days. The lamb, the bull. The blood, spilling, pouring, gushing. But never enough.

In John, “Look, There is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.”

Jesus was ONE sacrifice, for all time. The HUMAN lamb. The sacrifice so perfect that no other sacrifice would ever be necessary.

A study in contrasts. Do you see how the New Testament is so much brighter when seen in the context of the Old Testament? It is as if the Old Testament is God in Sepia Tone. And the New Testament is God in the Land of Oz. Everything is in bright color. Clear. Visible. Unmistakable.

Tomorrow I turn 52. We’re headed out on the boat for a day or two! My body wishes I were younger. But my soul longs to get old and be with the one whose perfect sacrifice gives me a future worth living. As Paul, to be here is good. To be with Him — ah, that will be peace at last!

Bette

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