Thursday, March 1, 2007

Look Under Every Rock

Hidden under every rock of the Bible is Christ. Yes, He’s clearly made known in the Bible. But He’s also hiding there in places you might not expect. Places where, if you didn’t look under a certain rock, you’d miss Him completely.

It’s like looking for buried treasure. You know it’s there, but you have to do some hard searching. But when you find it it’s worth the search. Your world is expanded and enriched.

Why would Jesus not just make Himself clearly known throughout the Bible so we don’t have to go searching under rocks to find Him? There’s something to be said for the search. If someone dumps the treasure on your lap, you have it just the same. You’re just as wealthy. But if you have to search for it and you’re successful it makes it seem more worthwhile. It’s more rewarding.

That’s why Christ at places in the Bible is there “hiding”. We may not see it at first, but once we do, it’s like finding a treasure. It’s exciting! And we then begin to realize how rich we really are.

So how do we go about our search? How do we know where to look? One thing about the Scriptures is that the more you dig in them the more you find is in there. And it works with itself. Scripture interprets Scripture. The more we’re in the Scriptures the more we will see that they point us to Christ and give us Christ. Even if He’s hidden under a rock.

“I want you to know, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ.” [1 Corinthians 10:1-4, emphasis added]

Now how in the world would we know that that rock was Christ? We wouldn’t. Except that the Bible itself tells us it was Christ. And that’s what the Word of God does. It tells us of the Word made flesh. It makes known to us Christ.

He’s there, under every rock. When Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were in the fiery furnace, Nebuchadnezzer looked and saw four men in there. He said, “Look, the fourth looks like a son of the gods.” [Daniel 3:1-30] But that wasn’t just an angel in there with the three men—that was the Son of God Himself, the pre-incarnate Christ.

Little did the king know that this “son of the gods” he was staring at was the very Lord Jesus Christ Himself. Little did the centurion who oversaw the crucifixion of Jesus know that he was crucifying God. At the moment He died, however, the centurion declared, “Truly this was the Son of God.” [Mark 15:39]

Jesus is clearly shown to us in the Bible, especially on the cross. He’s also hidden under some rocks; the fiery furnace being one example. There are many more. Happy searching!

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