Ezra 7:10 – Seeing Jesus

God came to earth to live as a man – Jesus of Nazareth.  He was an Israelite and lived under the law of Moses.  He studied that law and sought to live it.  He was tempted in all things as we are – yet without sin.  He was crucified and buried.  He was raised from the dead on the third day and reigns now in heaven, teaching that very law to His disciples.

The law of Moses can be summarized as the requirement to love the Lord with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength…and love our neighbor as ourselves.  If Jesus’ words abide in your heart, you are truly a disciple of His.  You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.  Then you will be an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit.

Jesus followed Ezra’s pattern, but He is greater than Ezra.  He is now seated on the mountain of heaven, teaching His Sermon on the Mount to all who will listen.

Those of us who speak in the name of Christ are not the teachers.  He is the Teacher.  He is our Ezra.  Let us not teach; rather, let us proclaim the Teacher.

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