Archive for June, 2011

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The sign of Jonah (Jonah 2)

Jonah sang a song of testimony from the belly of the fish.  Thrown into the sea, he had experienced all the horrors of death.  Yet the Lord rescued him and raised him back to life.  His experience became the sign which convinced the people of Nineveh to repent.  The sign which we present to the world is the death and resurrection of Jesus.

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Hearing Jesus in the Old Testament (9:28-36)

We sketch out eight ways in which Christ is made known to us in the Old Testament.

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This is my Son – hear Him! (9:28-36)

Moses and Elijah were two of the greatest prophets of Old Testament times.  But they were only pointers to the Christ, God’s Son.  The disciples had to learn to focus all their attention on Jesus only.  How can we use the Old Testament in a way that draws us to Christ alone?

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A voyage to Tarshish (Jonah 1)

Jonah’s voyage to Tarshish had great consequences for Jonah.  It had great consequences for the people of Nineveh.  But it also had great consequences for the sailors who manned the ship.  How wonderfully God weaves together the lives of different people in his one great plan!

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Tabernacles or Passover? (9:28-36)

On the Mount of Transfiguration Moses and Elijah talked with Jesus about his Exodus.  They knew he could only bring his people out of slavery by his own death as the Passover Lamb.  But Peter’s mind was not on Passover: it was on Tabernacles – the Full Harvest celebration.    But without Passover, the Full Harvest could never come – for Peter or for us.

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