Eternal salvation is not something you achieved by anything you might do. In fact, it’s already accomplished in the person of Jesus Christ. In Him, your humanity is completely remade. Now, by faith, you can access that reality and experience it as your own personal life story.
The analogy of God as Bridegroom is the most passionate and intimate. We first see it in the Exodus wedding narrative where the divine Lover reveals His name as Jealous. Yet even when God’s love is rejected by Israel, He promises to allure His bride back to Him— drawing her, and all who are willing, into a life-creating union with Him.
The New Testament opens—in chapter one, verse one of Matthew’s Gospel—by letting the reader know that Jesus Christ is “the son Abraham.” Clearly, then, this is vitally important information! But why?
Throughout Scripture, the Lamb becomes a prominent emblem that depicts God’s messianic promises. Christ is victorious over the power of darkness, and His followers partake of His triumph, not through physical force, but rather through “the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.”
The Good Shepherd imagery echoes back to Moses, God’s under- shepherd during the wilderness wanderings, and David, the faithful shepherd-king who defended Israel. Both Moses and David are types of Christ, the ultimate Shepherd whose rod both jealously protects and gently leads His beloved flock.
As with “Son of Abraham,” we find Jesus’ identification as “the Son of David” announced in the very first verse of the New Testament, Matthew 1:1. Again, clearly, Matthew believes this is extremely important! In what sense is Jesus Christ “the Son of David?” And what does this title mean?
Christ came to earth to represent God before humanity. He ascended to heaven as our High Priest to represent humanity before God. His death gives assurance to humanity that God will fulfill His end; and His perfect life gives assurance to heaven that humanity can, in Christ, cling to His covenant faithfulness.
Satan’s strategy was to torture Jesus into abandoning humanity by even a single act of self-preserving retaliation. When He died with His love for sinners fully intact, Satan was defeated and the war between good and evil was won in principle. Now, by the proclamation of that victory, the war is won in individual hearts.
Of all the names and titles that Jesus used for Himself, Son of Man appears to have been His favorite. Remarkably, this title occurs more than 80 times in the Gospels. But what does it mean? And why did Jesus use it so frequently and enthusiastically?
The hunger of humanity is met in Christ as Bread from Heaven. God’s word, embodied in Christ, energizes our spiritual bodies. And as we daily taste and see that the Lord is good, the Holy Spirit supernaturally tailors the Word to each reader, satisfying their hunger by giving them Jesus—a foretaste of heaven.
“We have no king except Caesar!” The religious establishment preferred the oppressive rule of the Romans to the radical deliverance of Christ. His critics mocked that if He was really the king of the Jews, He should come down from the cross. His refusal to do so was compelling evidence that He was the long-awaited king.
The monolithic idea that forms the interpretive lens for the entire biblical narrative is the covenantal faithfulness of God toward the fallen human race. It is evident in Christ that God literally loves us more than His own life, and that is the most solid foundation imaginable upon which to build our identity and eternal security.