The Bible mattered to Jesus and it’s got to matter to us. He’s the central theme. The goal of the Bible isn’t to give us more INFORMATION, but to produce more TRANSFORMATION.
Jesus believed that the Bible is infallible, trustworthy, sure, indestructible and reliable. Not only that, Jesus DEPENDED ON GOD’S WORD to overcome the evil one!
When Jesus squared off against Satan during the wilderness temptation, each time the evil one came at him with a temptation or proposition, Jesus didn’t simply stand on His own authority, though He could do that! After all, He was and is the Son of God… But He didn’t do that!
Jesus consistently pointed back to the WORD of GOD! (Matthew 4:3-10)
When the evil one said, “You don’t have to be hungry… You can turn these stones into bread… You don’t have to suffer… Jump off this temple, He’ll give His angels charge over you… You can be something spectacular… Just worship me, and I’ll give you the kingdom of this world…”
Jesus so loved, honored and depended on God’s Word, that He countered every attack of the evil one with three simple words: “IT IS WRITTEN…”
The Message reads, “Jesus answered by quoting Deuteronomy: “It takes more than bread to stay alive. It takes a steady stream of words from God’s mouth.” (Matthew 4:4)
…a steady stream of words from God’s mouth.
Jesus not only believed that the Bible matters… Jesus depended on God’s Word to overcome and defeat the evil one. His heart and mind were so washed in the Word that He was able to see THROUGH the DECEPTION of the evil one and deal directly with it!
Jesus believed that the Bible is the last Word and the final authority. We believe that the Bible is the last Word and the final authority – not our feelings or our emotions. Not our CIRCUMSTANCES or a particular SITUATION or EXPERIENCE. Not CULTURE or CONVENTIONAL WISDOM. God has given us His Word! He gave us this book!
I love the way The Message reads in Matthew 4:18:
God’s Law is more real and lasting than the stars in the sky and the ground at your feet. Long after stars burn out and earth wears out, God’s Law will be alive and working. —Mt 4:18 MS
Hebrews 4:12 says it this way, “The word of God is alive and powerful…”
Isaiah 55:11 says it like this, “It is the same with my word. I send it out and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to and it will prosper everywhere I send it.”
The greatest battle you will fight is the battle you fight in your mind. But the Word of God renews our mind and reminds us that God’s Word is the final and last Word!
If the Bible matters to Jesus, shouldn’t it matter to you and me? If God cared enough to make certain we got a copy of this book, shouldn’t we make reading it and obeying it a priority?
So, what are some practical takeaways about the Bible:
• READ it in a translation you can understand.
• MEDITATE on it.
• MEMORIZE it.
• Information isn’t the goal, APPLICATION is. Always ask yourself:
1. Is there a sin I need to confess?
2. A promise for me to claim?
3. An example for me to follow?
4. A command I need to obey?
5) Anything I need to be thankful for today?
JESUS is the central theme of the story of the BIBLE. Every story whispers His name!
Jesus said stuff that would be absolutely ridiculous for anyone else to say. For instance, in John 5:39 Jesus looked at a group of really religious people and said,
“You are busy analyzing the Scriptures, frantically poring over them in hopes of gaining eternal life. Everything you read points to me, yet you still refuse to come to me so I can give you the life you’re looking for—eternal life!” —John 5:39-40 TPT
Ultimately, the Bible is one story – the story of God’s purpose to save sinners through the sacrifice of JESUS — God’s only Son — who died for our sins in our place! And to use the words of The Jesus Storybook Bible, “Every page in the Bible, whispers Jesus’ name.”
The Bible is the story of Jesus!
Jesus explained it like this to a group of religious know-it-alls…
You have your heads in your Bibles constantly because you think you'll find eternal life there. But you miss the forest for the trees. These Scriptures are all about me! And here I am, standing right before you, and you aren't willing to receive from me the life you say you want. — John 5:39-40 MSG
The entire Bible was given so that we could know Jesus, love Jesus and live for Jesus.
Every story whispers His name.
From the opening chapters of Genesis, to the closing chapter of Revelation, the story of Jesus is being told in this book.
Join us tomorrow to see how Jesus is in EVERY book of the Bible.