We read it and hear it all the time: “The Bible is God’s love letter to us.”
I don’t disagree with this statement: From Genesis to Revelation, we see God desiring, seeking companionship; and from Genesis to Revelation, we see the heartbreaking lengths to which God will go to have that companionship, a loving relationship with us for all eternity.
But the Bible is also the Father’s love letter to the Son.
Think about it: Page after page, from Genesis to Revelation, we see Christ’s power, His glory, His beauty, His love, His purity, His holiness–everything. Jesus is absolute perfection!
And the Father wanted us to know this! To some extent, the Bible is God the Father showing off, bragging on His Son!
I can’t help but think of wooing and courtship rituals in ancient or more traditional cultures. A bride price is usually paid and the potential groom’s wealth and status are usually showcased by both the potential groom and his parents. On page after page, in the Bible, the Father shows us the beauty and glory of the Bridegroom. After reading these pages, how could the potential bride not fall in love with His Son?!
Jesus isn’t featured just in the New Testament. The Bible begins with Christ saying, “Let there be light” (Gen. 1:3, John 1:3, Col. 1:16).
Bible study becomes exciting when you discover Jesus in every book, sometimes appearing clearly as Lord and God; other times, appearing more subtly through types and shadows (like Melchizedek and the manna). Bible study literally becomes a treasure hunt (Prov. 2:3-5)!
If you Web search “Jesus in every book of the Bible,” several sites have lists. All of these lists are wholly inadequate. This is not a criticism, but a person could read the Bible several times a year for 80 years and never discover ALL there is to discover about the Lord Jesus.
I downloaded one of those lists and immediately began adding to it, with scriptures and other references. It was exciting, a little exhausting, kinda like piecing together a big, beautiful puzzle.
But I’m thinking this post will be a “living post,” which will continue to change as I discover more and more about my Beloved. He is altogether lovely (Song 5:16).
In Genesis, Jesus Christ is
- Light, Day (Typified; Gen. 1:3-5).
- The tree of life (Typified; Gen. 2:9).
- Adam, lonely, given a bride by God (Typified; Gen. 2:18-25).
- The seed of the woman who crushes the serpent’s head (Gen. 3:15).
- Abel, the innocent, murdered by his brother (Typified; 4:8-10).
- Seth, the seed (Typified; 4:25).
- Noah, the comforter in the midst of toil (Typified; Gen. 5:29).
- Noah’s Ark, saving from the flood (Typified; Genesis 6:8-8:19).
- Melchizedek, King-Priest (Typified; Gen. 14:18; Heb. 6-7).
- Angel (Messenger) of the Lord (Gen. 16:7; 21:17-20).
- Abraham’s visitor (Gen. 18).
- Isaac, the seed, the promised son, the son offered as a sacrifice, the waiting groom (Typified; Gen. 21:1-6; 22:1-12; 24).
- The lamb provided by God for sacrifice (Typified; Gen. 22:8,13-14).
- Jacob, the seed, the plain man dwelling in tents, joyfully laboring for his bride (Typified; Gen. 25:27; 29:20).
- The ladder leading to Heaven (Typified; Gen. 28:12-16; John 1:47-51).
- Ben-oni, Benjamin; son of my sorrow and son of my right hand (Typified; Gen. 35:18).
- Joseph, rejected and wrongfully punished brother, justified and exalted ruler, given a Gentile bride, forgives and preserves brothers (Typified; Gen. 37:2-36, 39-41, 45, 49:22-26).
- Judah, the seed, surety for his younger brother, given the sceptre (Typified; Gen. 44:18-34; 49:8-12).
- The Shepherd, the Stone of Israel (Gen. 49:24).
In Exodus, Jesus Christ is
- Moses, rescued from death, rejected by his brethren, the husband of blood, prophet to and deliverer of God’s people (Typified; Ex. 2, 4, 14).
- Angel (Messenger) of the Lord appearing in the flame of fire out of the bush (Ex. 3:2).
- The passover lamb (Typified; Ex.12).
- The pillar of a cloud and of fire (Typified; Ex. 13:21-22).
- Manna (Typified; Ex. 16:4-15, 31, John 6:30-63).
- The water-giving rock in Horeb (Typified; Ex. 17:6).
- God’s Word (Ex. 20+).
- Aaron, the high priest, bearing the judgment of the children upon his heart before the Lord (Typified; Ex. 28:29-30).
In Leviticus, Jesus Christ is
- The High Priest.
- The offerings.
In Numbers, Jesus Christ is
- The ark of the covenant (Typified; Num. 10:33).
- Manna (Typified; Num. 11:6-9).
- The brazen serpent (Christ, made to be sin for us), lifted up to save the people (Typified; Num. 21:9).
- The Star out of Jacob, the Sceptre rising out of Israel (Num. 24:17).
- He that shall have dominion (Num. 24:19).
- The cities of refuge (Typified; Num. 35).
In Deuteronomy, Jesus Christ is
- The Prophet like unto Moses (Deut. 18:15).
In Joshua, Jesus Christ is
- Joshua, after Moses, leader of God’s people into promised land (Typified; Josh. 1:2).
- The scarlet thread, offering protection from death (Typified; Josh. 2:18).
- The Captain of the Host of the Lord (Josh. 5:13-15).
In Judges, Jesus Christ is
- The Judge and Lawgiver.
In Ruth, Jesus Christ is
- Boaz, the kinsman redeemer (Typified; Ruth 2-4).
- Obed, the restorer of life and nourisher in old age (Typified; Ruth 4:15).
In 1st and 2nd Samuel, Jesus Christ is
- Samuel, the trusted prophet (Typified).
- David, the seed, God’s chosen king (Typified).
In Kings and Chronicles, Jesus Christ is
- The righteous, reigning king.
In Ezra, Jesus Christ is
- The rebuilder of the broken down walls of human life.
In Esther, Jesus Christ is
- Ahasuerus, the king seeking a bride (Typified; Est.1-2).
In Job, Jesus Christ is
- The Daysman between us and the Father (Job 9:33).
- The ever-living Redeemer (Job. 19:25).
In Psalms, Jesus Christ is
- The King (Ps. 2:6).
- The Son (Ps. 2:7, 12).
- The One sacrified (Psalm 22).
- The Governor among the nations (Psalm 22:28).
- The Shepherd (Psalm 23).
- The King of glory (Psalm 24).
- Light and Salvation (Psalm 27:1).
- The Rock (Psalm 18:2, 28:1, etc.).
- The Holy One of Israel (Ps. 71:22, 78:41, 89:18)
- Shepherd of Israel (Ps. 80:1).
- The Vine (Ps. 80:8).
- The Branch (Ps. 80:15).
- The Man of Thy Right Hand (Ps. 80:17).
- Son of Man (Ps. 80:17).
- The Head Stone of the Corner (Psalm 118:22).
- The Word (Psalm 119).
In Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, Jesus Christ is
- Wisdom (Prov. 8, etc.).
In the Song of Solomon, Jesus Christ is
- The Beloved.
In Isaiah, Jesus Christ is
- The Holy One of Israel (Is. 1:4, 5:19, etc.).
- The Mighty One of Israel (Is. 1:24, etc.).
- The Choicest Vine (Is. 5:2).
- Wonderful (Is. 9:6).
- Counsellor (Is. 9:6).
- The Mighty God (Is. 9:6).
- The Everlasting Father (Is. 9:6).
- The Prince of Peace (Is. 9:6).
- The Light of Israel (Is. 10:17).
- Holy One (Is. 10:17).
- A tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation (Is. 28:16).
- The suffering Servant, a Man of Sorrows (Is. 52, 53).
- A tender plant, a root out of a dry ground (Is. 53:2).
- God’s righteous servant (Is. 53:11).
- Saviour, Redeemer, Mighty One of Jacob (Is. 60:16).
In Jeremiah, Jesus Christ is
- The righteous Branch and King (Jer. 23:5, 33:15).
In Lamentations, Jesus Christ is
- Jeremiah, the weeping prophet (Typified).
In Ezekiel, Jesus Christ is
- The Son of Man.
- The Tender One (Ezek. 17:22-24)
- Plant of Renown (Ezek. 34:29)
In Daniel, Jesus Christ is
- The Son of God, the fourth man in the furnace (Dan. 3:25).
- The Son of Man coming in the clouds of Heaven.
In Hosea, Jesus Christ is
- Hosea, the faithful husband (Typified).
In Joel, Jesus Christ is
- The baptizer with the Holy Ghost and fire (Joel 2:28; Acts 2).
In Amos, Jesus Christ is
- The Burden Bearer.
In Obadiah, Jesus Christ is
- The Avenger.
- The Mighty Savior.
In Jonah, Jesus Christ is
- The great foreign missionary.
- The Forgiving God.
In Micah, Jesus Christ is
- The Ruler out of Bethlehem, whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting (Micah 5:2).
In Nahum, Jesus Christ is
- Him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace (Nah. 1:15).
- The Avenger of God’s elect.
In Habakkuk, Jesus Christ is
- The Lord in His Holy Temple (Hab. 2:20).
In Zephaniah, Jesus Christ is
- The Restorer of the Remnant.
In Haggai, Jesus Christ is
- Desire of all nations (Hag. 2:7).
- Zerubbabel, governor of Judah (Typified; Hag. 2:23).
In Zechariah, Jesus Christ is
- The Pierced Son (Zech. 12:10).
- The Branch (Zech. 3:8).
In Malachi, Jesus Christ is
- The Messenger of the Covenant (Mal. 3:1).
- The Sun of Righteousness, arising with healing in His wings (Mal. 4:2).
In Matthew, Jesus Christ is
- The Messiah, King of the Jews.
In Mark, Jesus Christ is
- The Servant.
- The Holy One of God (Mark 1:24).
In Luke, Jesus Christ is
- The Son of Man.
In John, Jesus Christ is
- The Son of God (John 1:34).
- The King of Israel (John 1:49).
- The Savior of the world (John 4:42).
- The Bread of God, The Bread of Life, The Living Bread (John 6:33, 35, 51).
- The Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25).
- The True Vine (John 15:1).
In Acts, Jesus Christ is
- The ascended Lord (Acts 1:2).
- The Holy One and the Just (Acts 3:14).
- The Prince of Life (Acts 3:15).
In Romans, Jesus Christ is
- The righteousness of God.
In 1st Corinthians & 2nd Corinthians, Jesus Christ is
- The Power and Wisdom of God (1 Cor. 1:24).
- The Rock (1 Cor. 10:4).
- The Last Adam (1 Cor. 15:45).
In Galatians, Jesus Christ is
- The One Who sets us free.
In Ephesians, Jesus Christ is
- Head of the Church (Eph. 5:23).
- Husband (Eph. 5:31-32).
In Philippians, Jesus Christ is
- Joy giver.
- The God Who meets our every need (Phil. 4:19).
In Colossians, Jesus Christ is
- The Fulness of the Godhead (Col. 2:9).
In 1st and 2nd Thessalonians, Jesus Christ is
- The Soon Coming King.
In 1st Timothy & 2nd Timothy, Jesus Christ is
- The Mediator Between God and Man (1 Tim. 2:5).
- The blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords (1 Tim. 6:15).
In Philemon, Jesus Christ is
- The Friend, Closer Than a Brother.
In Titus, Jesus Christ is
- The Great God and our Saviour (Titus 2:13).
In Hebrews, Jesus Christ is
- High Priest.
In James, Jesus Christ is
- The Great Physician.
In 1st Peter & 2nd Peter, Jesus Christ is
- Chief Corner Stone (1 Pet. 2:6).
- Shepherd and Bishop of souls (1 Pet. 2:25).
- Faithful Creator (1 Pet. 4:19).
- Chief Shepherd (1 Pet. 5:4).
- Day Star (2 Pet. 1:19).
In 1st, 2nd, 3rd John, Jesus Christ is
- The Word of Life (1 John 1:1).
In Jude, Jesus Christ is
- God our Saviour (Jude 1:25).
In Revelation, Jesus Christ is
- The Faithful Witness (Rev. 1:5).
- The First Begotten of the Dead (Rev. 1:5).
- The Prince of the kings of the earth (Rev. 1:5).
- The Alpha and the Omega, beginning and the ending, the first and the last (Rev. 1:8, 11).
- The Almighty (Rev. 1:8).
- The Lion of the tribe of Juda (Rev. 5:5).
- The Root of David (Rev. 5:5).
- The Lamb (Rev. 5:6, 8, 12, 13).
- King of kings and Lord of lords (Rev. 17:14).
- The Word of God (Rev. 19:13).