Posted by: Heather | February 25, 2010

Who are you looking for?

“The Jews study the Bible to find God…Christians study the Bible to find themselves.”

This may seem like an inflammatory statement on the surface, but it’s not meant to be. It made me stop and think when it was said to me, and continues to do so. Often, as a Christian, I’ve been consumed with trying to find something in the Bible that applies to my specific situation at any given time. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but I had a tendency to look for reassurance about my circumstances more often than anything else.

The Bible is certainly applicable to us in 2010, and gives us the wisdom we need to navigate life. But, the first and foremost purpose of the Bible is to teach us about God himself. In those pages are everything we need to have a relationship with him that will transcend any trial or situation. As we learn about his nature, we can then have confidence in his unmatched ability to keep us through the storms of life.

In John 5:39, Jesus said “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

The word ‘scriptures’ in this verse refers to the writings of the Old Testament. At the time John was written, it was not part of recognized scripture. They didn’t have the luxury of the more easily understood New Testament. There, Jesus is made very clear. However, in order to see that the Bible is a totally cohesive book, we must realize that Jesus is also to be found in the writings of the Old Testament. In fact, they are all about him, and give us such a beautiful picture of our Savior to come.

Although the New Testament makes finding Jesus easier for us, the forefathers of our faith spent great time and diligence in the Old Testament (scriptures) to learn about the coming Messiah.  By their learning, and personal relationship with him…walking, talking, and being taught by him daily, they were able to paint a clear picture of who he is in the New Testament.

Let us not forget that all scripture testifies of Jesus.   By studying it ourselves, we can find more about his nature and purpose than we can ever comprehend.  We can find things that apply to ourselves, certainly.  However, our primary purpose should be to find out more about him.  Relationship with Jesus will breed trust that keeps us secure in his will for us, no matter the changing circumstance.    God bless you today!

Artwork (at top of post) by John Bell copyright 1998-2007 (www.jrbell.com) – used with permission
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