Malachi – Revealing Our Lord and Delight

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Book of Malachi, Jesus Christ is revealed as the “Sun of righteousness” arising “with healing,” and the “messenger of the covenant” between God and Israel, and the refiner of the sons of Levi who were the priests.

Jesus Christ is also revealed as the Lord whom we seek, and in whom we can trust, and in whom we can delight because of his accomplishments for us that God’s healing Word reveals.

Malachi 3:1 – BEHOLD, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me {God}: and the Lord {Jesus Christ}, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.

The “messenger” whom God would send before the coming of Christ the Lord would be John the Baptist who would prepare the way for God’s people to “hopefully” accept His true deliverance with the coming of His Son Jesus Christ. John the Baptist was related to Jesus Christ; they were cousins (See Luke 1:36). John’s baptism helped relieve God’s people from condemnation and sin consciousness – this is how he prepared the way for the Messiah’s coming so that people would have great expectation in receiving Christ as their Lord and Savior in whom they could delight.

“The messenger of the covenant” was Jesus Christ, yet when he came they crucified him, and so they never received the new covenant. Let us read exactly what the new covenant would bring from the Book of Hebrews:

Hebrews 8:10-11:
-10: For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
-11: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.

This covenant that was to take place with the coming of Christ has yet to happen, because Israel rejected Jesus Christ. Today many Christian people believe that the new covenant is happening because Christ did come, however, the new covenant was with the house of Israel, not with the Church of God.

Another way that we can know for certainly that the new covenant has yet happened is because of verse 11. Do all your neighbors know the Lord? Do all of our brothers and sisters know the Lord? Do all the people know the Lord from the least to the greatest? The answer is an emphatic, NO!

The new covenant will commence when Christ returns to the earth, and not until he does. Then and only then will the new covenant begin.

Today in grace we are encouraged to preach and teach the Word of God, while in the new covenant no one will need to teach because Christ the master teacher will be present and all shall know him. But today in God’s grace it is our joy and privilege to learn the Scriptures ourselves by which we will come to know the good and acceptable and perfect will of God (Romans 12:1-2).

Luke 2:10-11:
-10: And the angel said unto them {shepherds}, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
-11: For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

The entire Old Testament reveals Jesus Christ in great detail, outlining many wonderful things he would do for humanity, as we have seen in our study on Jesus Christ the Golden Thread. All the unbelief in the world could not prevent his first coming, and all of God’s will including the new covenant will eventually happen, but on God’s timetable.

Today because Christ came, we have free access to him who reveals our heavenly Father to our souls. Then finally after all the prophecies of his coming, he was born into this world.

The angel of God announced the birth of Our Lord and Savior who would bring “great joy” not just to the house of Israel, but to anyone who will simply look to Jesus Christ for he is Our Lord in whom we can daily Delight.

Exodus – Revealing Our True Passover

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In Christendom we normally think of the Passover as a Jewish festival or holiday, and for the most part the word Passover hardly comes up except when talking about the last supper. Today we will see that Jesus Christ is not only our true Passover but that he is our exodus and redemption from the bondage of sin. The word Exodus means a way out, a departure (from bondage). The children of Israel were living as slaves under horrendous conditions in Egypt and God was going to set them free and bring them into the Promised Land, and to commence this deliverance God initiated the Passover.

The Passover lamb had two major components, one was the body itself, and two was the blood. In the very night that Israel left Egypt they sprinkled the Passover lambs’ blood on their doorposts and ate the flesh. The blood was not simply used to allow death to pass over their homes; the blood was for the forgiveness of their sins, while the flesh (body) when eaten was for their healing. This is why during the forty years in the wilderness they were not sick.

In Exodus 12:11 the Passover is called “the LORD’S Passover.” God gave the children of Israel two wonderful things that strengthened their frail minds and bodies for the task and journey ahead, forgiveness in order that they may have a good conscience to believe God, and healing so they could go the distance through the barren desert. They were to have a Passover once a year, as a reminder of their redemption from slavery and sin; this was to help strengthen their believing and enjoyment in having the God-given freedom to choose their destinies without oppression.

John 1:36 – And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he {John the Baptist} saith, Behold the Lamb of God!

John was a Levite, and as a Levite he was a priest of the Most High God. John the Baptist in the above verse pointed out to Israel the true Passover Lamb of God. The lambs were symbolic, but the Lamb of God would redeem Israel and the world from the bondage of sin for our eternity and would become our spiritual exodus and entrance to the right hand of God.

Luke 9:31 – Who {Moses and Elijah spoke to Jesus in a “vision”} appeared in glory, and spake of his {Jesus’} decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem.

The word “decease” is the Greek word exedon and means exodus. Jesus’ exodus for humanity would be accomplished at Jerusalem. The word “accomplish” means to complete, to fill to the brim, and when Jesus Christ gave himself for us he became the Passover for the entire world, this is why in the Christian Church we do not need to sacrifice lambs. Jesus Christ was the final sacrifice; he fulfilled – once for all – our eternal exodus into his own heavenly glory.

Our Passover – Jesus Christ – he has delivered us from spiritual death to eternal life, he redeemed us from the bondage of sin (and sins), and to the righteousness of God.

Knowing our Passover will give us a clear conscience to walk daily, moment by moment with our heavenly Father.

I Corinthians 5:7b – . . . For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us:

During the last hours prior to Jesus’ crucifixion he initiated the communion which represents for all of us his accomplishments that would be perfected and accomplished at Jerusalem. When Jesus was crucified his precious blood ran down his cross at the doorpost and threshold of eternity, giving us an eternal entrance into the promised land and home of His Holiest, with the gift of eternal redemption that daily abides within our very hearts.

I Peter 2:24 – Who {Jesus Christ} his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should {now} live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.