True and Better Jesus

I’ve watched this video quite a few times now, and each time I get something new out of it. It is a perspective I had never really considered before. If you have time, please watch it twice.

Everything points to Christ…

What are you thoughts after watching this video? Which “true and better” Jesus was a new idea to you? If you had to choose, which are you most thankful for?

Thanks to Antwuan Malone for sharing this with me.

25 thoughts on “True and Better Jesus”

  1. Even though I’m usually not a big fan of the Gospel Coalition crowd (from our previous conversations, you probably already know how I’m not a fan of the Neo-Reformed movement). But I like what Keller has to say in this video. The more I read scripture, the more I realize that through Jesus, God became the Suffering Servant in Isaiah. God became the Passover Lamb. God became Psalm 22.

  2. Nice.

    Based on the video, I would opine that He is a new and better Moses and Joseph mixed together. On the one, He is the mediator of a better covenant, (woo-hoo!), and on the other He is the One who sits at the right hand of our Father interceding for us through the aforementioned New Covenant.

    The Job reference about ‘his stupid friends’ was pretty spot-on, as well.

    1. I like that combo too. I really loved the Joseph comparison and the Esther comparison, mostly because I hadn’t heard them made before, at least not in that way.

      And yes, I’m one of Jesus’ stupid friends…thank God.

      1. When I think of Joseph, I specifically think of the chief baker and the chief wine taster in Egypt and the Pharaoh’s dream. (Genesis 41)

        Consider, one represents bread and one represents wine. Bread and wine. These are two elements that occur within the Old Covenant that are fulfilled in The New Covenant. When Joseph wanted to get Benjamin, he had a wine cup put into a bag of grain. Wine and bread… The list goes on.

        Just a thought.

  3. I would say that I loved the video, except for the very last comment when Tim Keller says, “The Bible isn’t about you.” My understanding is that the Bible is about the story between God and his people, and the love he has for them. Therefore, the Bible is partially about us, because we are the objects of God’s affection.

    1. Dorothy,
      I think I know what Tim Keller was saying, but I also understand your interpretation of his final comment. I think he was really saying that everything in the Bible points to Christ, not to us. So many of us want to make Christianity all about us—our needs, our desires, our hopes. When in reality, everything we should desire is that which Christ desires.

      I actually wrote about very much this same topic earlier this week, if you’re interested:

  4. I love it. I always love seeing Jesus woven throughout the Bible. Seeing Jesus as a new and better Esther was new for me. I am thank for Jesus being a new and better Job, because I am a stupid friend, too.

    Our church is studying the life of Joseph and David, so I am going to share it with my pastors.

    1. @tandemingtroll,

      If our Father is the Author of The Scriptures, then indeed The Son is the ink He used to write it. Isn’t it cool to see Jesus on every page of The Scriptures? His foresight and purpose in making sure His Son was and is glorified throughout is stunningly amazing.

      A saying I am sure you have heard once or twice springs to mind:
      “In the Old the New is concealed and in the New the Old is revealed.” Or something like that! :)

        1. Jonathan,
          My brother,

          My bride and the family are going to Rhode Island tomorrow, for a week. This means I will be home alone, belching and scratching in the most unashamedly masculine way I can, probably throwing in some intense nose-picking and pursuing the joys of having an unshaven face. Oh, and this means I will have time to chat, WHEN you do call me, that is. Looking forward to it.

      1. It is VERY cool that Jesus is throughout the Bible, not just in the NT. The kids and I are going through the minor prophets right now and our goal is to see where Jesus fits into it all. Pretty high stuff for my younger one, but just having him listen in will plant those seeds. At least, that is what I think.

        I haven’t heard the phrase you mentioned, though I have heard that the Old Testament points to Jesus, and the New Testament tells about Jesus and points to His return.

  5. WOW, thanks so much for sharing that video!! I’d never even thought about how Jesus was any of those things other than Adam. Most of those are totally new comparisons for me, and they are all awesome!

    I love the David and Esther comparisons, and especially love the part in the Job comparison about saving His stupid friends. Haha =)

  6. It’s a good and sobering reminder of something that has been, is, and always will be: that God is sovereign and exists primarily to bring Himself glory. Tim Keller’s amazing at framing truths inside of God, instead of the reverse. Praise God for His good, intentional, perfect work.

    1. Josh, I think that a lot of people misunderstand the point about God’s glory. His glory is the accurate description of who He is, which is entirely praiseworthy. He does not share His glory with false gods, so that we will know and draw near to the One who truly loves and blesses us and also demands our obedience as He calls us to share His holiness.

      His primary desire is not for glory itself, but for relationship with those whom He has created in love. Every true love relationship is all about knowing who the other person is and choosing to love and accept him as he is, even if desiring, for the other’s sake, that he would grow to be more like Jesus.

      So God is concerned about His glory and reveals His glory to us, not because He is an egomaniac needing our worship to sustain His self-worth, but so that we would choose to enter into a proper relationship with Him.

  7. Thanks for this. Every now and again stuff like this comes along and really inspires and encourages us. Sometimes we might know a little or, as in this case, would not have thought to put it together like that…inspired! Thanks. Isn’t God brilliant – anything that motivates us more for Jesus sits really comfy in our hearts.

    1. I know, sad right :(. I fully intended on writing one, but Jonathan was traveling much of the week and I’m no good when I’m a flying solo mama. I had no time, no energy, and no motivation.

      In short, I need my husband. Maybe 2013 will be better.

  8. This is AWESOME. I was just thinking today about Jesus being the better Adam. I heard a sermon recently that highlighted Adam’s garden as the place he failed, and the 2 gardens where Jesus conquered: the Garden of Gesthemene, and the garden in which He was buried. In the Garden of Gesthemene Jesus responded to the question “where are you?” proactively: “Here I Am.” That profession – that claiming – that responding – revealed His divinity, and the folks who heard Him fell down. Amazing. Jesus was showing Himself there – reclaiming what Adam when he tried to hide rather than respond to God’s “where are you?” And of course, in the final garden – he conquered it ALL. When I watched this little video, it broadened this concept I’ve been carrying around all day. I love it. Thanks for posting this Nicole. Very encouraging. :)

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