Jesus challenged the Pharisees and the Jewish teachers by telling them: “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.” (John 5:39) He was telling them that the Scriptures are not enough. God never intended for people to exchange a relationship with Him for a love for the Bible. God intended for the Scriptures to lead people to Jesus.
Jesus is the ultimate revelation of God! Jesus is the One who saves us. God did not become a book. He came to us in the Person of Jesus.
“God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.” Hebrews 1:1-4
Jesus is God. The Son took on human flesh to show us the Father. Yes, this is one of the most marvelous mysteries of our faith, so full of wonder that we may never be able to fully comprehend it. We may not understand, but we must believe.
Nowhere does the Scripture claim for itself the place of Jesus. If our faith is only focused on the Bible, and we think that through it we will have life, we will miss the truth of the One who gave the Bible to us. It is Jesus, and Him alone, who deserves our worship and our hearts. “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
The goal of the Christian life is not memorizing or studying Scripture. The goal of the Christian life is to know Jesus. To walk with Him and know His love. To live in Him and with Him and for Him. To enjoy Him and glorify Him.
Now, I understand that what I have written will be rejected by some people and others will have some difficulty in letting go of the inappropriate place they have given to the Bible. All our lives we were told that the Bible is the center. But that is not true. Jesus is the center. The Bible points to Him.
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(I am traveling these days. This series of posts was quite popular a couple of years ago. I hope you find them helpful. Please feel free to comment as usual. See you on the other side! – Dave)