Jesus: Greater, Stronger, Wiser, Worthy

There’s nothing new in what I share with you today. In fact, if I ever do share some “new” insight from the Bible, don’t ever come back to this site! Let the world and the apostates of God search after new teachings; you and I are blessed to have the unchanging truth of the Gospel in all of its perfect splendor. We may approach it from different angles, but we only ever gaze into one radiant diamond.

In my Bible reading recently, I read 1 Kings 4:29-34:

And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding beyond measure, and breadth of mind like the sand on the seashore, so that Solomon’s wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the people of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt. For he was wiser than all other men […] and his fame was in all the surrounding nations. He also spoke 3,000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005. He spoke of trees, from the cedar that is in Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of the wall. He spoke also of beasts, and of birds, and of reptiles, and of fish. And people of all nations came to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and from all the kings of the earth, who had heard of his wisdom.

1 Kings 4:29-34 ESV

How marvelous it must’ve been to hear Solomon speak. In the previous chapter, as he solved the problem of the two prostitutes and the living baby, the writer records that, “All Israel heard of the judgment that the king had rendered, and they stood in awe of the king…” (1 Kings 3:28 ESV, emphasis added).

As I thought about Solomon’s great wisdom and what it must’ve been like to hear him I, of course, thought back to Jesus’ own statement about Himself in Matthew 12:42: A greater than Solomon had come.

Pulling back the lens of my focus beyond these passages to bring the whole view of God’s Word into frame, we can survey the landscape and see how our Lord Jesus Christ is:

  • Better than Adam in his perfect obedience
  • Superior to Abraham in his perfect faith
  • The Greater than Moses in His role as prophet and teacher of Israel (Deut 18:15-18)
  • The Greatest High Priest, above Aaron and his priesthood, who offered Himself as the perfect, once-for-all sacrifice to atone for sin
  • The One Stronger than David as both the conqueror of that other Goliath: Satan, and greater because Jesus is King forever of an eternal Kingdom
  • The Wiser than Solomon who came and taught us the way to God

All of these men were remarkable, but each was only a singular color in his lifetime. Together they and the other brilliant types and figures of Scripture unite to foretell the full prismatic splendor of Jesus, the light of the world, who left His throne, took on flesh, and in so doing both reflected and emanated the full divine radiance of the Father.

The Lord Jesus invites you and me to gaze upon His splendor. He shed His blood to reconcile us to God the Father so that we might have the privilege. May the Spirit open our eyes today to see, appreciate, and worship anew the composite beauty of Jesus in each of His great offices.

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