Cameo Roles.

Posted: June 6, 2016 in TLCC
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If you are a marvel fan, you would be able to see Stan Lee, the writer of the whole Marvel universe, in every Marvel film. Even at 93 years old, you would see him in the movies. Why should he be in the movies? He wrote it so he had the right to be in it!

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Stan Lee appears in Captain America: Winter Soldier. He appears in almost all the Marvel films!

Thinking of cameo roles, it doesn’t change the story but we get a glimpse of the one who wrote it.

Looking at the Old Testament, we find Jesus doing the same thing. Except that there are no heroes of the story but Jesus himself. In order for us to understand the Old Testament, we have to set our minds to know that the whole point of the Old Testament was to show us who the Savior is.

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The Mission of Jesus

And taking the twelve, he (Jesus) said to them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem… (Luke 18:31)

For three years, Jesus and disciples went around Judea, Samaria and Galilee, he was teaching, healing and people were attracted to him. Jews and non-Jews would go near him. Then Jesus then went towards Jerusalem. He has a purpose on being in Jerusalem.

Are we, as Christians, purposeful in our efforts? Do we even know what we are called to do? Jesus knew his call. He knew that…

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It is my prayer that we find ourselves knowing what our purpose is. All our resources, our time, our gifts, are given to point people towards the Son of Man who came to seek and save the lost. Make time to point people towards Christ, not towards ourselves.

The Old Testament about Jesus

…and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. (Luke 18:31)

Let me go back to cameo roles. The entire point of showing Stan Lee in marvel movies was for the audience to be reminded of who wrote the comics. It gives credit to where credit is due. In the same way, Jesus had cameo appearances in the Old Testament. Everything that is written about Jesus was accomplished. In Theology, we call this CHRISTOPHANY. You won’t notice it if you won’t pay attention. You have to look closely.

Think.

Who was the man who talked to Abraham as angels were sent to Sodom and Gomorah? Who was the guy who wrestled with Jacob? Who appeared to Moses? Who joined Daniel in the fiery furnace? Who showed himself to Isaiah when the prophet said “I saw the Lord”?

That was Jesus.

Why would he show himself in the Old Testament?

He is God. He wrote the story. He won the battle. It is His right to show up when he wanted to. We have to pay attention to what the Old Testament is telling us about Jesus.

When the Old Testament mentions the judges, it is pointing towards the Judge who would one day give justice to the whole world. When the Bible speak of priests, it would point us to the High Priest who would mediate between God and man. When Scriptures tell of kings, it would point us to the King of kings. The Old Testament is really about Jesus.

Even individual stories in the Old Testament talks about what Jesus would do when He was on earth. Here are some of them…

Abel. An innocent man who was murdered.
Isaac. The man who carried his own wood before being offered.
Joseph. Betrayed by his brothers.
Moses. Mediated between God and man.

See the connection?

Jesus. An innocent man who was murdered.
Jesus. The man who carried his own cross before being offered.
Jesus. Betrayed by his brothers.
Jesus. Mediated between God and man.

The Old Testament is rich in the stories about individuals who we would see as what Jesus would fulfill.

The Prophecies about Jesus

“For he will be delivered over to the Gentiles and will be mocked and shamefully treated and spit upon. And after flogging him, they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise.” (Luke 18:32-33)

Jesus knew He was going to die. He wasn’t caught off guard. It was his mission to die for mankind. The Old Testament is full of prophecies about Jesus. Click THIS LINK to check what those prophecies are.

The Response to Jesus

But they understood none of these things. (Luke 18:34)

What surprised me was how the disciples responded. They understood NONE of these things. None at all? How can that be? They were with Jesus for three years! They knew the Old Testament by heart. They studied the Torah even when they were kids. We want to ask…WHY?

This saying was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what was said. (Luke 18:34)

We then realize that they did not understand for God has not yet opened their eyes. These things were hidden from them. God is the one who reveals Himself to men.

I look at us today, how can we understand God’s word if the disciples themselves, who walked with Jesus, didn’t understand?

The key is to ask God to open our eyes. Ask God for wisdom so we can understand what we read. It’s not just about reading the Bible. It is about having a relationship with God to a point we ask Him in our conversations, “I don’t really get this, can you help me?”

When we don’t understand something, we don’t give up. Rather, we rephrase the question, we clarify, we seek to find the answers. We don’t quit.

When we don’t understand what we read, we don’t quit. We ask God to help us understand what He is saying.

It is my prayer that we could read the Old Testament. Look for who Jesus is in the passages you read. Pray for wisdom and understanding as you read and ask God questions. He will reveal Himself to you in His own way.

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Comments
  1. pruningthetwig says:

    I really like how Paul puts it..”For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. Sometimes I approach this reading His word, always seeking from Him, His will, His purpose etc which aren’t necessarily wrong. I just miss the point so many times though. That I should just start with seeking Him period…that I may know His character more. I know as I learn to be still and sit at His feet, He’ll as you say reveal Himself and along with that a revelation of His calling for me. I really appreciate this post because it brings us right down to the essential.. Do I know my Lord intimately? 😊 Good one ps gab 🙂 appreciate these thoughts especially on your birthday… It makes celebrating it all the more special as you continue to turn to Christ! Blessings!!!

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