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Jesus: The Greater Exodus

September 15, 2014

Grace to you! Most people are familiar with the story of God’s deliverance of Israel out from Egypt. The story is found mostly in Exodus chapters 1-24. In short, God raised up a leader named Moses, delivered His people from a situation they couldn’t deliver themselves out of, and sent 10 plagues to ‘convince’ Pharaoh to let God’s people go so they can worship Him. (Exodus 5:1) Pharaoh finally agreed after the loss of his firstborn son. God brought Israel out of Egypt by splitting the Red Sea open for them to walk through. Moses then went to Mount Sinai, which was covered in clouds, got the 10 commandments from God, and brought in the Mosaic covenant thru the sprinkling of blood. (Exodus 24). Why was this recorded? And what does this have to do with you and me?

In Luke 9:27-36, Jesus goes up on a mountain with some of His disciples. Here we notice some striking parallels to the original Exodus event. In this section, Jesus Himself is presented as the Greater Exodus! He like Moses goes up the mountain. Also, clouds cover the mountain where Jesus is just like it did with Moses. (vs 34) The cloud was the representation of the presence of God. However, unlike Exodus, instead of God giving 10 commandments, God gives a summation of all His law, revelation, and terms of the covenant of deliverance about to be instituted: “”This is My Son, My Chosen One; listen to Him!” (Luke 9:35) In Christ, the new and greater Exodus takes place! Instead of man being only delivered from a bad, earthly Pharaoh ruler, Christ delivers us from our greatest slave masters of all: sin, death, hell, the grave, the devil, and judgment!

Notice verses 30 and 31: “And behold, two men were talking with Him; and they were Moses and Elijah, who, appearing in glory, were speaking of His departure which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.” The word ‘departure’ in English is actually the Greek word “exodus. (Btw, the New Testament was originally written in Greek!) Here Luke makes a direct connection for us to show us Christ is the greater Exodus by His sacrifice for us at Calvary. It’s no longer just an event but it’s now found in a Person, Jesus Christ!

What about you? Do you ever feel like you are enslaved at times? It’s because we are in bondage. This world is broken, including you and me. We are slaves to sin, corruption, and death. The local cemetery speaks loudly to us that we need an Exodus. And graciously, God has provided that Exodus if we will believe in Him! “9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)

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