Then He said to them, ‘These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.’ And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.” Luke 24:44-45

Following His resurrection, Jesus opened the understanding of His disciples so they would comprehend the Scriptures (Law of Moses, Prophets, Psalms) and see that the words in them were about Jesus. The Old Testament predicted a Messiah. The New Testament revealed that Jesus is the Messiah.

The entire Bible paints a beautiful “Portrait of Jesus.”

[These notes are from a Bible study taught more than 40 years ago. The notes are in outline form.]

The Bible is a great portrait of God’s love and grace and eternal plan of man’s salvation. Within this great picture we see the face of Jesus Christ. He is at the center of this picture because He is at the center of God’s love, God’s grace, and God’s eternal plan of man’s salvation.

The Holy Spirit is the Master Artist who has painted many pictures of Christ and for the next few minutes I’d like us to take a composite view of these many pictures and see the greater portrait of Christ within the pages of holy Writ.

Four of the great painters under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit are Isaiah and the apostles John, Peter and Paul.

Isaiah’s Portrait

  • Illuminator
  • Immanuel
  • Judge
  • Almighty God
  • Reprover
  • Everlasting Father
  • Law-giver
  • Prince of Peace
  • Liberator
  • Mighty Traveler
  • Burden-bearer
  • Anointed Preacher
  • Sin-bearer
  • Arm of the Lord
  • Intercessor
  • Divine Servant
  • Only Savior
  • Righteous King

John’s Portrait

  • The Son of God
  • The Son of Man
  • The Divine Teacher
  • The Soul Winner
  • The Great Physician
  • The Bread of Life
  • The Water of Life
  • The Defender of the Weak
  • The Good Shepherd
  • The Prince of Life
  • The Light of the World
  • The King
  • The Servant
  • The Consoler
  • The True Vine
  • The Giver of the Holy Spirit
  • The Uplifted Savior
  • The Faithful Witness
  • The Conqueror of Death
  • The Alpha and Omega
  • The Lion of the Tribe of Judah
  • The Lamb of God
  • The Word of God
  • The King of kings and Lord of lords

Peter’s Portrait

  • The Son of the Living God
  • The Shepherd and Bishop of Souls
  • The Only Source of Truth

Paul’s Portrait

  • The Peacemaker
  • The Lord of Glory
  • The Only Foundation
  • The Sacrificial Lamb
  • The Image of God
  • The Liberator
  • The Goal of Character
  • The Supreme Prize
  • The Head of the Church
  • The Coming Lord
  • The Blessed and Only Potentate
  • The Judge of All Men
  • The Redeemer
  • The Captain of our Salvation
  • The Great High Priest
  • The Author and Finisher of our Faith

[Thank you for reading these teaching notes from more than 40 years ago. My prayer is they will be a blessing to you and your ministry.]