Who is Jesus?
In his commentary, Exodus: Saved For God’s Glory, Philip Graham Ryken gives an excellent answer to this essential question. Notice how he uses the typology of Exodus with its people, language, events, and descriptions to explain who Christ is.
Jesus is the Moses of our salvation, the mediator who goes for us before God. Jesus is the Lamb of our Passover, the sacrifice for our sins. Jesus is our way out of Egypt, the deliverer who baptizes us in the sea of his grace. Jesus is our bread in the wilderness, the provider who gives us what we need for daily life. Jesus is our voice form the mountain, declaring his law for our lives. Jesus is the altar of our burning, through whom we offer praise up to God. Jesus is the light of our lampstand, the source of our life and light. Jesus is the basin of our cleansing, the sanctifier of our souls. Jesus is our great High Priest, who prays for us at the altar of incense. And Jesus is the blood on the mercy seat, the atonement that reconciles us to God. The great God of the exodus has saved us in Jesus Christ.
This is our Christ He is understood not in the romantic views of our own making, but rather he is known through the revelation of God’s word. Moreover, he is known from the descriptions of the Old Testament. This means that failure to know the Old Testament necessitates an inability to know who Jesus the Christ is.
May we continue to press into the text of the Bible–Old and New Testaments–to see him!
Soli Deo Gloria, dss