Today’s message is a fun summary on how we can see the whole Bible unfold. But the key to this exercise is we can see Jesus revealed in every page. As Christians, we know that the Bible is much more than just words on a page. It is God’s way of speaking directly to us.
The Bible, from beginning to end, is the revelation of Jesus Christ. Jesus was the One who spoke the world into existence, and He is the One who will, in a time to come, make all things new (Rev. 21:5). He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end (Rev. 1:8, 21:6, 22:13). His throne is established from everlasting to everlasting (Ps. 41:13, 90:2, 93:2, Is. 63:16b, Micah 5:2, John 1:1-2). He is the Word of God.
There are two ways to read the Bible. One is to read the Bible looking for Jesus. The other is to read the Bible looking for oneself. We live in a time that is becoming more and more self-centered. Never has humankind in our culture been more narcissistic and individualistic. It’s a me-focused, “i-everything” culture.
Community has broken down as modern communication has built a generation that is moving faster and faster, and farther away from God’s intended design. There seems to be no rest for the weary and no focus for the future.
While it’s always important to apply the Word of God to our daily lives, we must not fall into the trap of reading the Bible as if it is all about us. It’s not! The Bible isn’t about us. It’s all about Jesus! We should approach Bible reading with a desire to find Jesus on every page, in every historical account, every song, every prayer, every teaching–in everything! That’s how we will come to know Him better.
When we read the Bible looking for ourselves, trying to identify with various people of ancient times, more often than not, we miss Jesus. Paul wrote to Timothy about the purpose and profit of God’s Word, and he did so in a progression of importance:
2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.
Reading Scripture is profitable, first, for doctrine. That means “for teaching” — for teaching us about our Creator and His creation, about the fall of man, and about our Redeemer and His plan of complete restoration.
When we understand who God is, who man is, what God has done for us and what God will do to restore all creation, then we are convicted (reproofed) and then we are humbled to receive correction and instruction from God’s Word. We must know God’s ways (be taught) and be convicted and humbled before we can apply biblical teachings to our lives (application).
Reading the Bible “looking for Jesus” will produce great fruit in us as we come to know Him better. The better we know Jesus, the more His Word will pierce our hearts and transform our minds