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The Testimony of the Christ #4   T. Austin Sparks

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Oct-20

   

Chapter 2 - The Lord's Approach to the Scriptures

 

"Beginning from Moses and from all the prophets, He interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself." (Luke 24:27).

The greatest thing in history and experience, the greatest thing possible to man, was just at hand with these two men, but all unsuspected, unimagined and unexpected. No two men have ever been more surprised at how a journey, a journey without particular purpose or interest, turned out. Something that was more or less casual, dictated by a sense of the necessity for getting away from things, having time to think and to try to adjust. Perhaps little, if anything, more than that was behind this 'walk into the country' as Mark calls it, this sad walk of seven miles and a little more.

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Oct-20

   

It is upon the tremendous nature of this eventuality that we want to focus attention, for this twenty-fourth chapter of the gospel by Luke is one of the most momentous parts of the whole Bible - indeed, it gathers up the whole Bible and embodies the one inclusive, comprehensive issue of all the Bible. So it was no small thing. We shall see that it was infinitely more than just one of a number of appearances of the Lord Jesus to people after His resurrection. That may have been very wonderful as something in itself, that He should suddenly appear and just as suddenly disappear, but it was far more than that. I venture to say that the 'far more' could spread itself over a whole lifetime in its meaning and significance.

Well then, having made that the keynote, we went on to say a considerable number of things about this journey and about these people which circle round this central question and issue, and to those we shall not make further reference at the moment.

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Oct-20

   We are going to pass on to the discourse of this strange Stranger on the country road. "Beginning from Moses and from all the prophets, He interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself." You do not expect me to give you that discourse, and you do not expect me to try to do it in all the Scriptures, and yet we are going to get that discourse somehow.

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Oct-20

   

The Old Testament a Testimony to the Crucified and Risen Christ

The beginning is this, that from this chapter, Luke 24, we learn that the Old Testament is a comprehensive and detailed testimony. Jesus said it, and you have to dispute the point with Him if you do not believe it or agree with it. The entire Scriptures of the Old Testament are a testimony; comprehensive and detailed. That testimony centres in one Person called the Christ. That Person centres round one thing in two parts: death and resurrection. And then, finally, that one thing has in itself one supreme issue: the conquest of death and the triumph of life. To sum that up, the whole of the Scriptures of the Old Testament bear ultimately upon one issue: the conquest of death and the triumph of Life. You cannot read the Old Testament with eyes opened, as did Jesus and as did these people when He had opened their eyes, without seeing that there is one thing all the time at issue, one thing involved, and it may be in a thousand different ways, but one thing: the conquest of death and the triumph of Life. This is the testimony. This testimony is said to be everywhere in the Scriptures. 

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Oct-20

   

The Object of the Lord's Discourse

Then the Lord Jesus proceeded to divide the Scriptures up into three sections and to bring out of each section this great ultimate truth concerning Himself; from Moses, the prophets, and the psalms. And that does, according to the Hebrew arrangement, comprehend the Old Testament. Now it is just there, of course, that our difficulty begins. We do not know what data Christ's discourse employed. We do not know what He took out of Moses and the prophets and the psalms for His purpose, we do not know the data of His discourse, but we do know the object of it. That is perfectly clear. While we do not know the line that He took, we know the end that He reached. We are left without anything to assure us as to the exact matter which He employed, but we can take His principle, and I think we can to some degree arrive at His material, by recognising His conclusion. That sounds a little involved perhaps. You will see what I mean in a moment.

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Oct-20

   What was the sum of it all? How did He sum it all up? What was the end to which He moved? What was it that for Him governed the whole? Just one statement - "...the Christ to suffer... and to enter into his glory". That is the issue, that is the end, that is the goal, and He got that somehow from all the Scriptures. "Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things, and to enter into his glory?" The suffering - that clearly meant His death and all that was involved in His death. The glory - that clearly meant His triumph over death and the nature of resurrection Life. That is the substance of the Old Testament, that is the testimony everywhere: suffering in the deadly grapple with death in many ways, glory in complete triumph over death, its destruction, and the nature of resurrection Life. That is the substance of it all and these two things were always kept together and must always be kept together - the death and the resurrection. Each gives meaning to the other. That is, why did He die? You have no answer to that question except in the resurrection. Why was He raised? What does resurrection Life mean? There is no answer to that question except as you understand the meaning of the Cross, the death.

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Oct-20

   Now, be very patient with me while I work this way toward the heart of this whole matter, for it is just there and by that means that we are taken back in broad principle to the whole of the Old Testament. What does the Old Testament contain, right up to the Cross of the Lord Jesus? This - the inclusive business on hand from Adam to Christ was the dealing with an invading foreign force into God's created universe. A foreign force had invaded God's created universe, that is one side. And all that represents or speaks of the death of the Lord Jesus is related to that; the dealing with this foreign invading force. The other side, the resurrection, was the introducing of a dynamic power to counter that force, and that dynamic power, the invading force, was resurrection Life; this Life which in itself, in its own nature, is a Life which cannot be touched of death, has in it power and dynamic, mightier than any force in God's universe. That is the issue all the way through, the mighty creative forces of the resurrection Life of the Lord Jesus.

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Oct-20

   

Now have you got the setting, or has it been too involved? We must have a full basis and background for what will be perhaps very much simpler as we proceed. The invading force was sin, and death in its train, sin and death. That was the thing with which Christ dealt in His Cross - sin and death. The dynamic to overcome that and rule that out and nullify that is righteousness and Life which are brought into being in the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. Paul made that perfectly clear when he said - "If Christ hath not been raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins" (1 Cor. 15:17). Righteousness is only established in the resurrection of the Lord Jesus.

Now let us get to a much more simple line of consideration. I am anxious, though, that you should realise that we are dealing with immense things. The issue on the Emmaus road was no simple matter at all. Look at these two on that country road, look at their state, and you will get a clue to the Old Testament and what Christ was dealing with in His death and resurrection.

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