Proverbs 6 5-6-22

Sharing Jesus is simple. We tell what we were like before we met Jesus, how we met Him, and how He has changed us.

25:11 Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word aptly given.

The gospel is simple. It’s the other stuff that blows our minds. Billy Graham once said, “Jesus gave us His thoughts in pictures so that we can think His thoughts.” What metaphors are used in the Bible to give us word pictures of Jesus?

One great picture is the Passover Lamb. We have it in Exodus and in John 1:29,

29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

We have the picture of Him being our Rescuer,

13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:13-14

Jesus is also our intermediary, much like President Trump’s peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

15 His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. Ephesians 2:15-16

We have the word picture of Jesus as the Bread that comes down from heaven (John 6), the Light of the World (John 1 and 8), the Gate for the sheep and the Good Shepherd (John 10), and the Vine (John 15). Each of these pictures gives us a view of Jesus that is different than the rest, yet He is all of these–and more!

My point is that salvation, God’s plan for us and our world, and eternity in general is outside our purview. Because we are in it, we can’t back away far enough to see it. For instance, when the disciples asked Him if He was getting ready to restore the kingdom to Israel, Jesus answered them, “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority” (Acts 1:7). We would do well to hold all ideas of how the world ends very loosely. I doubt if anyone will be going, “Aha! See, I told you!”

Let’s stand fast in what we know: Jesus saves!

Abba, You have Your plans and You ask for no man’s advice (Romans 11:34). Thank You for involving us in Your plan to reach everyone. May we trust You to make Yourself known to each person on earth through missions, dreams, visions, and sharing one-on-one. However You want to do it, Lord! Amen.

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