So I want to remind you, though you already know these things, that Jesus first rescued the nation of Israel from Egypt, but later he destroyed those who did not remain faithful.
Jude 1:5 NLT
Last week as part of our Pre-Christmas All Ages Event, I used a video that spoke of the Bible as a single narrative that points to Jesus, instead of a bunch of disconnected stories. In preparation for that evening and as part of the evening I watched the video a whole bunch of times. You can see it here . I haven’t been able to get it out of my head since that night.
At odd times during the day the words “true and better” whisper through my mind and I find myself thinking of the way that the Bible tells us the story of Christ’s sacrificial salvation in so many different stories with so many different angles and nuances, long, long before the birth of Jesus.
So it comes as no great surprise (and yet as a deep comfort) to find in the fifth verse of Jude, a statement that Jesus is the one who rescued the people from Egypt. Because Jesus is the force behind any act of salvation. If there is new life created, if the captives are freed, if the people in darkness find light, then it is Jesus who IS that new life, that freedom, that light.
There is simply no other name for those things. Jesus. This is who and what Jesus is. This has always been who Jesus is and what Jesus is about.
Sometimes we get so wrapped up and carried away with many worries and concerns and details of our faith life. Sometimes the waters of belief get muddied by all of these things. As we head toward the season of Advent (it arrives on Sunday, people, and I will be blogging an Advent Calendar throughout the season), I found this clarity of who and what Jesus is moving and incredibly helpful.
May you see Jesus whenever there is new life, freedom and light. May Jesus be moving these things in and through the story of your life, today and always.