Walking in the Footsteps of the Prophets

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the Old Testament came alive in Christ.  It was as if Moses and David and Isaiah and Jeremiah and all the minor prophets hovered around Him, guiding His footsteps into the way of the prophetic scriptures. – A.W.Tozer

This passage leapt off the page when Mary Louise and I were reading A.W. Tozer’s Advent devotional From Heaven.

There are 300-plus Messianic prophecies fulfilled by Jesus’ birth, life, death, and resurrection. They were made, indeed, by the likes of “Moses and David and Isaiah and Jeremiah and all the minor prophets.” Many were – and still are – blind to coming of the Messiah and promises fulfilled. But those who were looking thrilled as they watched Scripture be fulfilled before their very eyes.

It’s still thrilling. The enduring Christian message is that God had a plan from beginning of history. Therefore, he wove hundreds of promises throughout the pages of Scripture. At Christmas, we ponder the specificity of things like … born of a virgin … in Bethlehem … of the line of David. At the cross, we marvel at how Psalm 22 and Isaiah 53 – just two of scores of prophecies – describe with specificity the events of the crucifixion (hundreds of years before crucifixion was even invented).

It’s thrilling, and I love Tozer’s image of Moses, David, and Isaiah virtually walking with Jesus through his days and through all these fulfillments. As Mary and Joseph made their way to the Bethlehem, can’t you almost imagine the ancient prophet Micah (who once prophesied this part of the story) leading the donkey up the final mile to Bethlehem, while Joseph climbed up on the donkey to hold his laboring wife in the saddle. That’s imagination rather than fact, of course. But can’t you imagine heaven touching earth as Jesus, in Luke 4:18, opened the Isaiah scroll? As he proclaimed that he was the Messiah, come to proclaim release to the captives, can’t you imagine Isaiah standing there beside him, speaking with him in a kind of heavenly stereo?

Okay, maybe it’s the words of the prophets – the Word of God – that guided the holy family’s footsteps and echoed as Jesus spoke, but can’t you see the pages of Scripture coming alive as Jesus walked the paths of Galilee and spoke in the Temple.  “The Old Testament came alive in Christ,” said Tozer, “It was as if Moses and David and Isaiah and Jeremiah and all the minor prophets hovered around Him, guiding His footsteps into the way of the prophetic scriptures.”

In Christ’s Love,

a guy who loves

the Living Word

 

 

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