Graham Scroggie, a British commentator said, cut the Bible anywhere and it bleeds. He’s right. You could cut the Bible in Genesis 22, Abraham sacrificing his son. It’ll bleed right there. Because it anticipates God sending his son on that same mountain. If you cut the Bible in Psalm 22, which is a poetic description of the crucifixion, it bleeds. If you cut the Bible in Exodus 12, speaking of the Passover, it bleeds. If you cut it in Leviticus 5, the sin offering, it bleeds. Cut it in Isaiah chapter 53, it bleeds.
It’s all about the sacrifice, all about the cross, so much so that even when John the apostle gets a vision of heaven and looks at the lion of the tribe of Judah, he said, and I looked and behold a lamb as though it had been– what, tell me? Slain. In heaven, you could see marks on this lamb as though it had been killed. Have you ever thought of this? The only work of man you’ll see in heaven are the marks of crucifixion on the body of Jesus Christ.
Did you know that if you were to read the four gospels and count the chapters that speak about Jesus’ first 30 years of life on Earth, you’d only find four chapters that even mention what was going on in the first 30 years of his life. But did you know also that 85 chapters speak of the last 3 and 1/2 years of Jesus’ life? So what do you think they’re focusing on, last 3 and 1/2 years? Of those 85 chapters, 29 of them focus in only on the last week of Christ on the earth. And of those 29 chapters, 13 deal with the final day of his life.
It’s also interesting that Jesus, the head and husband, does the washing up (Eph 5:26) and the laundry (5:27), serves his wife (Rom 15:8), chooses the menu and serves the meal (1 Cor 11:23-5), and does the childcare (Matt 19:13-14).
Jesus is not Zeus. He was a sinless man not a sinless superman. He woke up with bed-head. He had pimples at thirteen. He never would have appeared on the cover of Men’s Health (he had “no beauty that we should desire him” Isa 53:2). He came as a normal man to normal men. He knows what it is to be thirsty, hungry, despised, rejected, scorned, shamed, embarasses, abandoned, misunderstood, falsely accused, suffocated, tortured and killed. His friends abandoned when he need them most; had he lived today, every last Twitter follower and Facebook friend who have un-friended him when he turned thirty-three – he who will never un-friend us.
The experience of Shacklteon in the Antartic when on a perilous journey over ice mountains he and his colleagues were aware of a strange accompanying presence:
Who is the third who always walks beside you? When I count there are only you and I together. But when I look ahead up the white road there is always another walking beside you.
There is always another walking beside you – the Lord inviting you to walk with me. Jesus walked along the Galilee shoreline and called people to him. Jesus walked to the disciples on the stormy sea and dispelled their lurking fears. Jesus walked to the mourners on the Emmaus Road and turned and set their hearts on fire.
Jesus walks alongside you and says, “Walk with me.”
Before his rise to stardom, the controversial artist Kanye West wrote a song titled “Jesus Walks.” It was about how Jesus walks with all kinds of people and is told from the perspective of a drug dealer contemplating God. Kanye West played it to many music executives, who all turned him down because it didn’t conform to the the accepted stereotypical form of rap, But Kanye knew Jesus walks with any and all whatever side of life they come from. Kanye’s mum, in her biography of her son, recalls one night when 300 teenagers gave their lives to Chrisy after an appeal when Jesu Walks was performed.
Jim Irwin who was one of only eight people to walk on the moon (at least at the time of writing). He went to space agnostic, but returned a passionate Christian, leaving NASA to start his own Christian mission. He stated:
The entire space achievement is put into proper perspective when one realises that God walking on the earth is more important than man walking on the moon. I believe that God walked on the earth 2,000 years ago in the person of Jesus Christ.