Summary: I have one desire: THAT I MAY KNOW HIM. We need to return to some of the basics of our foundation: JESUS! I desire to be a friend of Jesus. Jesus is the truth, the way and the life.
Teach me more about Jesus! That I may know him…
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
Philippians 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
Ephesians 3:19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.
*We understand there is one God eternally existing in three parts… 1. God the Father, 2. God the Son, 3. God the Holy Spirit.
We have a modern day term for this, THE TRINITY. Sure we know the word Trinity is not in the KJV. Neither is the word DEMON, nor the word RAPTURE.
We first learn of the triune God as God says let us make… (Us is plural … more than one.)
Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
We can further see this when Jesus is being baptized… the Father speaks: This is my beloved Son, and the Holy Spirit is there in the form of a DOVE.
Matthew 3:16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
*JESUS IS A GIFT, FREELY GIVEN…
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
*JESUS IS THE LAMB OF GOD… lamb, sacrificial lamb.
John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
** Jesus carries the 3 fold offices of god: 1. PROPHET, 2 PRIEST, 3. KING
*JESUS CHRIST WAS ALIVE… HE WAS KILLED ON THE CROSS… PUT IN A GRAVE AND ON THE THIRD DAY HE AROSE TO LIVE FOREVER MORE.
Luke 24:5 And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?
*JESUS IS OUR MEDIATOR.
IN THE MIDDLE BETWEEN MAN AND GOD. TO BRING TO ACCORD, TO SETTLE, RECONCILE, INTERCEDE.
1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
**WE ALSO KNOW THAT JESUS IS THE BREAD OF LIFE…
John 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
John 6:48 I am that bread of life.
John 6:51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
In Biblical times bread was the stable source of nourishment. Bread was made of wheat, or the poorer people often used barely. Bread was made by kneading in wooden bowls. Often they added leaven except during special days, like Passover. There were public ovens where people would cook their bread.
There was no refrigeration and bread would last about a week under good conditions.
Ecclesiastes 11:1 Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.
Remember God gave the BREAD, MANNA, TO THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL. Somewhere down the line the people taught MOSES gave them the pray. NOT SO, GOD IS THE SOURCE… JESUS IS THE BREAD… God does not provide long term but daily.
Matthew 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread.
*THE ANOINTING OIL OF THE BIBLE IS SYMBOLIC OF JESUS AND THE HOLY SPIRIT.
OLIVE OIL WAS USED IN SMALL LAMPS AS A SOURCE OF LIGHT… during darkness. (See the next point.)
Leviticus 8:12 And he poured of the anointing oil upon Aaron's head, and anointed him, to sanctify him.
COME, LET US SEE HOW OLIVE OIL IS SYMBOLIC OF JESUS AND THE HOLY SPIRIT. To make oil there must be a crushing process. There must be pressure to release the oil from the olive. Small amounts of oil would come by the bruising of the mortar. Larger amounts were made by women stepping on the olives to release the oil. Still large amounts were made by a heavy mill stone being pushed around on another stone and producing commercial quality and amounts. So the oil is a lesson in SUFFERING AND CRUSHING.