Jesus In 2 Kings
Jesus in 2 Kings
“And when the man was let down and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived and stood on his feet.”
2 Kings 13:21 NKJV
It is with zero doubt that Elijah is a figure of John the Baptist. Even our Lord calls John Elijah in Matthew 17:10-13. When we consider the Elijah-John connection, it is interesting to consider if there is a connection to Jesus with Elisha.
Elisha was Elijah’s successor who had received a double portion of the Spirit that Elijah received and his miracles were numerous and magnificent. As you read through the account of Elisha in 2 Kings, it doesn’t take long to notice the number of similarities between him and our Lord Jesus Christ. Many examples are obvious such as cleansing lepers (2 Kings 5; Mark 1:40-45), healing the sick (2 Kings 4:34, 35; Mark 8:22-25), and feeding the hungry (2 Kings 4:1-7; Mark 8:1-12). But there are some connections that prove even stronger!
The Spirit came upon them both on the other side of the Jordan (2 Kings 2:7-15; John 1:28). They both even have a covetous disciple. Gehazi was Elisha’s and Judas was Jesus’. But most significantly is the life given from a tomb. When Elisha died, he was placed in a tomb. Sometime later, a dead man was placed in that same tomb and when his body touched the bones of Elisha, he came back to life. Jesus was placed in a tomb, and the obvious parallel is that anyone who comes into contact with Jesus, will revive and be able to stand on his or her own two feet.
To come into contact with Jesus you must obey. Obedience begins by believing in Him which includes confessing Him (Romans 10:8, 9), repenting of our sins (Acts 2:28), being baptized into Christ (Galatians 3:27), and living faithfully until death (Revelation 2:10).