Wednesday, July 30, 2014

BILDERBACK: Have you ‘found’ the one?

By DAVID BILDERBACK, Special to The Ottawa Herald | 1/31/2014

In the book of John, we read about a great discovery.

“We have found the one Moses wrote about in the law, and about whom the prophets also wrote — Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph,” Philip tells Nathanael in John 1:45.

In the book of John, we read about a great discovery.

“We have found the one Moses wrote about in the law, and about whom the prophets also wrote — Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph,” Philip tells Nathanael in John 1:45.

It’s interesting to note that Philip did not say “We have seen the one.” To Philip, this was more than eye contact. To have “found” means there was an expectation this “one” would come.

In the Old Testament, we find many scriptures relating to the coming Messiah.

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14).

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

It is evident Philip had good reason to look for the Messiah. So what did Philip find when so many others had failed?

Philip found a man who could feed 5,000 with five small barley loaves and two small fish. He found a man who could calm the sea and walk on water. He found a man who could restore sight to the blind and raise the dead.

Philip found the one Moses and the prophets wrote about: Jesus of Nazareth.

When Jesus gave his life on the cross, he provided a way for man to have direct communion with God.

One of the best examples of this is found in Job 9:32-35 where Job has to face God and he says, “[God] is not a man like me that I might answer him, that we might confront each other in court. If only there were someone to arbitrate between us, to lay his hand upon us both, someone to remove God’s rod from me, so that his terror would frighten me no more. Then I would speak up without fear of him, But as it now stands with me, I cannot.”

Job asks for an arbitrator or mediator between him and God.

“For there is one God and one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus” (1st Timothy 2:5).

Jesus gives us a simple pattern to find him.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7-8).

When you open the door, you will find the Savior himself waiting for you.

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