25th March 2013

The Exodus Of Jesus

“Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendour, talking with Jesus. They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfilment at Jerusalem.”
Luke 9:30-31 (NIV)

The transfiguration is an intriguing event in many ways. Moses, who was refused entry into the Promised Land during his physical lifetime, now stands on a mountain in the Promised Land. Here he meets with Jesus, the future prophet that Moses was inspired to predict would come, who would be like himself:  “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him.” (Deuteronomy 18:15).

On the mountain, Moses is taking his own inspired advice and, together with Elijah, is listening to and talking with Jesus; “They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfilment at Jerusalem.” (Luke 9:31). As the scriptures indicate, this departure was not some passive act but something that Jesus would actively “bring to fulfilment” or “accomplish”. (MKJV). The Greek word translated “departure” is “exodos,” its literal English translation is “exodus.”

Moses, whom God raised up to lead the children of Israel out of bondage in Egypt to freedom and to become a nation, is speaking with Jesus about a greater and more significant exodus, the exodus of Jesus at Jerusalem. The exodus from Egypt was a shadow of this greater exodus where God himself came to earth and made it possible, through faith in Jesus, for all humanity to be delivered from the bondage of sin and death and be given entrance into the new life of the kingdom of God.

The Passover meal was a memorial to the exodus from Egypt and pointed forward to the exodus of Jesus. The Lord’s Supper, instigated by Jesus himself, is a new sacrament and is far more encompassing.  It reveals the work of Christ, past, present and future. In terms of the past, it is a memorial to the greater exodus and the new covenant ratified by Christ’s shed blood, “For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” (1Corinthians 11:26).

The transfiguration ends with God’s pronouncement, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.” (Luke 9:35). It is through him that we understand that the new life of the kingdom of God, brought about by Jesus’ exodus, is not described in chronological terms but by a personal ongoing relationship with Jesus and his Father, “Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” (John 17:3).

Father we thank you that your Son set aside his power and glory to become a human being and, through his exodus, make eternal life available to all of humanity.

Study by Eddie Marsh

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One Response to “25th March 2013”

  1. Ian Woodley on March 26th, 2013 11:24 am

    Hi Eddie, thanks for the clear thought that Jesus should take center stage in our faith – and that the Egypt exodus pointed Old Testament Israel towards the time of fulfillment in his life, death and resurrection. Very timely reminder!

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