During this Lenten season, our thoughts turn to the events of the 40 days leading up to Christ’s glorious resurrection. Yet what signs do we see of Christ in the Old Testament? In Genesis, Chapter 1, verse 3, it tells us that God said, “Let there be light.” In this verse God separated the light from the darkness and there was evening and morning. Could the “light” be the first reference to Jesus even before creation? In verse 14, God created lights in the sky to separate the day from the night and to give light on earth and to separate light from darkness. In Genesis Chapter 18, verse 1, the Lord appeared to Abraham. “Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby”. Could this be God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit? In Daniel, Chapter 3, verses 19 thru and 25, King Nebuchadnezzar ordered Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to be tied up and thrown into a fiery furnace. Then the King said, “I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like the son of gods.” Could Jesus possibly be the fourth man?
So, let us then travel forward to the New Testament. Along with the many miraculous signs and wonders that Jesus performed, there are many signs of his deity as fully man yet fully God. In Luke, Chapter 4, verses 28-30, at the beginning of Christ’s ministry, he was nearly thrown over a cliff by an angry mob of people, yet he walked through them like he was invisible. In Mark, Chapter 9, Jesus would take his closest friends, Peter, James, and John to witness his transfiguration. In John, Chapter 18, Verses 1-8, Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane and the soldiers came to arrest him. When Jesus asked them, “who is it you want?” They answered, “Jesus of Nazareth.” “I am he,” Jesus replied, and they fell to the ground. Did Jesus allow them to see his deity? In John, Chapter 20, Verses 13-18, after the resurrection, Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene, but she does not recognize him. Why? Did Jesus appear different? Later that afternoon, Jesus appeared to two men walking to a village called Emmaus. In Luke, Chapter 24, verses 13-35, it tells us he joined them for dinner. When he broke the bread and gave it to them, “then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight.” In John, Chapter 20, verse 19, Jesus came and stood among the disciples in a room with locked doors.
All of these events and many more have fascinated me and that is why I have entitled my devotion as “How Could it Be?”. Jesus showed his love for us by dying on a cross and then three days later he was resurrected from the dead. After his resurrection, Jesus would appear to over 500 people within the 40 days he remained on earth. Jesus then ascended into Heaven in a cloud that hid him from sight, Acts, Chapter 1, verses 1-9. How could it be that “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life,” John, Chapter 3, verse 16.
Dear Heavenly Father thank you for your love, grace and the true miracle of Easter. Help us to be Easter people and to walk with you on a daily basis. Amen.