Line of Duty

Did you watch it last night? The end of the 6th series will today cause lots of reviews good and bad! We have been waiting to see who the infamous ‘H’ was who controlled corrupt police officers. It was revealed and it was really clever. I could never have predicted it.

You might be reading this thinking you don’t have any idea what I’m talking about! Let’s move onto something far more important.

But first let’s read some more of what Jesus says about John the Baptist who is imprisoned by Herod.

“For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come. Whoever has ears, let them hear.” (Matthew 11 v 13-15)

The Prophets and the Law (the Old Testament) has a line of duty. Generations had been waiting to see who they were all pointing to. What do you say? Jesus addresses the crowd using a popular phrase meaning ‘Are you really listening?’ Do you see him?

Who is the offspring of Eve who will bruise the head of the serpent and whose heel will be bruised by it?

Who is Isaiah’s virgin who conceives and has a son calling him ‘God with us’?

When Noah saved creation and his family from the flood of judgment who did his character and the Ark symbolise?

Who was the ladder connecting heaven and earth in Jacob’s vision with angels ascending and descending on it?

Who does the bronze healing serpent of Moses raised up in the wilderness point to?

Who is the wisdom of God personified by Solomon’s writings?

Who is the amazing husband in the love book of the Song of Songs?

I could go on. The whole of the Old Testament Scriptures pointing to someone in the line of duty who would be revealed.

The prophet Malachi pointed to Elijah coming again. Some may have thought that was a reincarnation or another trip from heaven for him and still others that this individual would come in the spirit and power of Elijah.

If John the Baptist was true and meant to come, if he was prophesied accurately as the fore-runner and this is him, then the one he prepares the way for is also true. Are you really listening? Do you see him?

Jesus!

Today as you hold the Bible in your hand remind yourself that the central character throughout is Jesus. He is in the Line of Duty. It is all about him. Some will have missed him and they still do. But for those enlightened we realise it is the most beautiful story of God that has ever been written!

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