Moses, Jesus and Paul – the
teachings of these three historical persons has left immense change on the
world. An overview of their lives and teachings point to this common thread.
The reference point is God in heaven and the ultimate focus is life beyond
The teachings through Moses are
still with us today (howbeit, being rejected by many). For him to communicate
the word of the Lord was not easy nor rewarding at the time, but one wrote of
“He chose to share the
oppression of God’s people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin.
He thought it better to suffer for the sake of the Messiah than to own the
treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to the great reward God would give
him.................." Hebrews 11.26
The Lord Jesus began His
teaching ministry with a call to “repent for the kingdom of heaven was near”.
His teaching related to living and dying in the light of the ‘judgement of the
last day’. He seemed to be counter cultural with His call to ‘store your
treasures in heaven’. His prayer that
‘God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven’ showed that the
reference point of His teachings was heaven, not earth. He ended His ministry
with this prayer “Father I want these whom you have given to be with me , so they can see my
glory......” John 17
Paul likewise lived in the light
of the day when we all stand before Christ to be judged. Paul’s teachings were
very relevant to the world conditions then and now. As history records, his
teachings were culture transforming. Yet the motive and focus of his life was
to know Christ, to be like Him in His death and resurrection. The final hope
was to be with Christ which he described as “ far better”.Philippians 1
In a time of short sighted
humanism, may God give us an eternal perspective on all we do.
"For what is your life ? It is but a vapour that appears for a little time and the vanishes away."
Are you ready for the day of resurection, when all will be raised to face the verdict of the Son of God, Jesus Christ the Lord?