Shadow of the cross

The crucifixion of Jesus, our Lord and Savior, is the fulfillment of several prophecies. The stunning detail which is
given throughout the Old Testament concerning the death of the Son of God is another example of the omniscience of God. Psalm 22 and Isaiah 53 are worthy of much study concerning the way in which the Savior would lay down His life.

Another picture of this scene can be found in Genesis 22. It is here where we get our first glimpse of that which would be. Abraham, by command of God, took his son Isaac to a specific place to be sacrificed. Once there, Abraham placed wood for a burnt offering upon Isaac’s back and began the journey up the mountain. It is a picture of Jesus carrying His cross along the sorrowful way, showing obedience to the Father’s will. As much as this speaks to Abraham’s faithfulness to God, it is a shadow of the coming cross.

In verse 8 we can find the reference easily when we read it carefully. “Genesis:22:8: And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.” Abraham knew God would provide. More than that, we can see that God would provide who a lamb? Himself. The picture of what was happening is a great picture of a greater happening.

If you continue to verse 14 you can see all this confirmed. “Genesis:22:14: And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.” Notice that it does not say it “is being seen” or “it has been seen” but that it shall (future tense) be seen. It is truly a beautiful picture, and even greater is the fulfillment by Jesus, the Son of God. God has shown that His plan has always been in place and will not fail, He is faithful to His word. The message is simple. Jesus has accomplished the work, it is done and all that is asked is for you to believe and accept. Look at this picture and see a love unfailing. To Jesus be the glory, for He is truly worthy!

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