Today I had a mini-revelation that has really blessed me through the day and I want to share it with you.
It came from reading from The Passion Translation (TPT) of the New Testament, in John’s gospel. I am reading it online where there is access to abundant notes peppered throughout the whole scriptures, enlightening my knowledge and understanding of both the linguistic meaning and the cultural/political meaning of words and phrases in the historical context. (It’s fascinating but also very slow going for me, as I’m too nosey to miss out any notes!)
The understanding is this:
1 – Moses brought the law to the people. Moses’ first miracle, as such, was turning water into blood… it was then also blood that spared the people from the angel of death. The people were released then from their slavery and bondage in Egypt…
2 – Jesus brought Grace to the people. His first public miracle was turning water into wine – celebration of life and abundance – and it was Jesus’ own blood that freed us from slavery and bondage and spared us from eternal death.
Moses brought the Law and with the Law comes judgment; Jesus brings Grace and with Grace comes LIFE.
You can read it here, in John Chapter 1:
“15 John announced the truth about him when he taught the people,
“He’s the One! He’s the One I’ve been telling you would come after me, even though he ranks far above me, because he existed before I was even born.”
16 And from the overflow of his fullness we received grace heaped upon more grace! (Or “one gracious gift after another.”)
17 Moses gave us the Law, but Jesus, the Anointed One, unveils truth wrapped in tender mercy.”*
(1:17 Moses was the lawgiver, Jesus is the grace-giver. In the first miracle of Moses, he turned water into blood, resulting in death. In the first miracle of grace, Jesus turned water into wine, resulting in life and celebration.)
The Passion Translation (and TPT notes)
For anyone wanting to look at it in a Bible-reading plan online see – https://my.bible.com/en-GB