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Few would dispute Jesus lived 2,000 years ago and that He was a great teacher, but many are amazed to discover He is also the God in the Old Testament. The Being who interacted with Israel is the one who became Jesus Christ.
Paul wrote something remarkable to the Corinthians when he was talking about the Israelites coming out of Egypt. He says those Israelites “were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea…” referring to the Israelites going through the Red Sea as a kind of a baptism. He then adds, “... For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ” (1 Corinthians 10:1-4), making it clear the Rock that was with Israel, was the one who would become Jesus Christ.
John 1:18 adds to this by clearly stating, “No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.” And in John 6:46 Jesus Christ says the same thing, “Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen the Father.” Then in John 8:58 Jesus declares, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM” stating that He was the I AM that was with Israel. The crowd that heard Jesus say this then tried to stone him for blasphemy (verse 59).
The One who became Jesus Christ talked to Abraham and spoke with Moses. He was in the burning bush, caused the plagues to come upon Egypt, and was the Lawgiver on mount Sinai. He is revealed as a God of love, caring and patience in both the Old and New Testaments, but is also a God who will not tolerate sin.
The second thing most don’t know about Jesus is the true Gospel message He actually taught. Mark 1:14-15 tells us, “Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God. And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel.” This is the same, consistent message we find in both the Old and New Testaments.
A familiar section of Scripture in Isaiah 9:6-7 says this: “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end...” This is speaking of God’s plan to bring His Kingdom to earth.
When Paul was a prisoner in Rome he also addressed this subject: “...many came to him at his lodging...and he explained and solemnly testified of the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus from both the Law of Moses and the Prophets, from morning till evening” (Acts 28:23). Paul was showing them, from the books of the Old Testament, that the Kingdom of God is a literal Kingdom Jesus Christ will establish on earth. He will be King and all things will be restored. The kingdoms of this world will “become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ and He shall reign forever and ever” (Revelation 11:15).
God wants to give us eternal life in the Kingdom of God when we repent, believe the Gospel and change our lives to follow the example of Jesus Christ. “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” (John 17:3). The idea of a harsh God of the Old Testament and a kind, loving God in the New Testament misrepresents God. Hebrews 13:8 is absolutely correct. It tells us, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” .
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