THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
The children were painting pictures in Mrs. Jones' Sunday School Class. She walked around the room watching them work.
Little Denton was really quiet, which was unusual. Mrs. Jones asked, "Denton, what are you painting this morning?"
He said, "I'm painting God."
She said, "But Denton, no one knows what God looks like."
He said, "They will when I get through!"
I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.
4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
When Jesus was born, God painted a picture of God!
The WORD (Greek - "logos") became flesh (John 1:14).
God divested Himself of glory and became an humble servant (Ppns 2:5-11).
The "word pictures" God had painted of Himself in the Old Testament came to life in the Person of Jesus Christ.
There are many "word pictures" of God being Savior in the Old Testament. I'll only list a few.
He became the "Lamb" God promised through Abraham (Gen. 22:8)
He became the "scapegoat" of God released into the wilderness of the world, carrying our griefs and sorrows (Lev. 16:10).
He became the "Lord's goat" for the sacrificial offering of our sins (Lev. 16:8-9).
God became the "Savior" (Hebrew - "yasha") to open wide the way of salvation for man (Isaiah 43:11).
He became Messiah, "The Anointed One," Who was "bruised" for our sakes (Dan. 9:25).
He was "cut off," not for Himself, but for us (Dan. 9:26).
Jesus became the "bread of life" (Deut. 8:3), born in the "house of bread" - Bethlehem (Micah 5:2).
Meditate upon His Name --- Jesus. The Name Jesus means "God is salvation."
In the words of Max Lucado, "JESUS! NO WONDER THEY CALL HIM SAVIOR!"