January 30, 2018

Jesus in the Psalms—and Long Before

Hebrews 10:5-10

Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—I have come to do your will, my God.

—  Hebrews 10:7 (Psalm 40:6-8)

New Testament writers often point out that Jesus the Messiah and Savior was already speaking in the psalms of Israel before he was born as a human being. As our reading today in Hebrews shows, Christ is the speaker in Psalm 40. As we have noted earlier this month, Jesus is also featured in Psalms 22, 69, 110, and others.

In fact, Jesus as God has been present since before the beginning of time. Colossians 1:16-17 describes his supremacy this way: “In him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth . . . all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”

This month we have witnessed how the Old Testament points forward in many ways to the revelation of Jesus as Messiah, Savior, and Lord in the New Testament. Jesus as God himself was even present at crea­tion and spoke in many ways throughout the Old Testament.

We frequently make Jesus too small, emphasizing his being human more than his being God. In your everyday life, do you treat Jesus as all powerful, everywhere present, and all knowing? When we live our life in the presence of this Savior and King, every moment takes on eternal significance.

Jesus is almighty, alive, and at work over all things today. Do you believe and live by this?

Lord Jesus, your words cross the centuries, your acts are from beginning to end. May every moment of my life be lived in your eternal presence! In your all-powerful name, Amen.

About the author — Dean Deppe

Dean Deppe has been a pastor in inner-city, suburban, and rural ­churches. Currently he teaches New Testament theology at Calvin Theological Seminary. His courses include one on the parables of Jesus. He and his wife have four grown children.

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