The entire Bible was given so that we could KNOW Jesus, LOVE Jesus and LIVE for Jesus. I love the way Josh Harris describes it: “Revelation is for relationship.”
The goal of the Bible isn’t to give us more INFORMATION, but to produce more TRANSFORMATION.
The most amazing thing about this is that God’s purpose in revealing Himself to us in Jesus, was not to give us a really neat set of rules, but to invite us into a DYNAMIC and PERSONAL relationship.
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:
Jesus is the true and better ADAM who passed the test in the garden and whose obedience gets credited to you and me.
Jesus is the true and better ABEL. Even though he was innocent, he was slain. And now his blood that cries out, not for our condemnation, but for redemption.
Jesus is the true and better ABRAHAM. He answered the call of God to leave all that was comfortable and familiar to come to earth so he could create a new people of God.
Jesus is the true and better ISAAC who didn’t just go up the mountain with his father, but was actually sacrificed for us all.
God looked at Abraham and said, “Now I know you love and revere me because you didn’t withhold your son…”
Today, we can stand at the foot of the cross and look back up to God and say, “Now we know that you love us because you did not withhold your son…”
Jesus is the true and better JACOB who wrestled with God and took the blow of justice we deserved; so that we, like Jacob, could receive the wounds of grace that wake us up, discipline us and help us to become the prince or princess God had in mind when he created us!
Jesus is the true and better JOSEPH who, at the right hand of the king, forgives those who betrayed and sold him and uses his new power to save and rescue them.
Jesus is the true and better MOSES who stands in the gap between the people and God and mediates a new covenant.
Jesus is the true and better Rock of Moses who, struck with the rod of God’s justice, now gives us water in our deserts.
Jesus is the true and better JOB. He’s the truly innocent sufferer, who intercedes for and saves his stupid friends.
Jesus is the true and better DAVID whose victory becomes our victory.
Jesus is the true and better ESTHER who didn’t just risk leaving an earthly palace, but gave up the ultimate and heavenly one! He didn’t just risk his life, but gave his life to save his people.
Jesus is the true and better DANIEL. He was lowered into the Lion’s Den of Death, but came out of “His Lion’s Den” three days later victorious and vindicated by God!
Jesus is the true and better JONAH who was cast out into the storm so that we could be brought in.
Jesus is the true and better PASSOVER LAMB — innocent and perfect — slain so the angel of death will pass over us.
Jesus is the true tabernacle, the true temple, the true prophet, the true priest, the true king, the true sacrifice, the true lamb, the true light, the true bread.
The Bible isn’t about ME and it’s not about YOU! It’s all about JESUS!!!!
In GENESIS Jesus is the “BREATH OF LIFE” and the “seed of woman” who will one day crush the head of the serpent (Gen 3:15).
In EXODUS Jesus is the “PASSOVER LAMB” (Ex 12:13; Jn 1:29, 35).
In LEVITICUS Jesus is our “GREAT HIGH PRIEST” and Eternal Sacrifice (Leviticus 16; Hebrews 9:26b, 28).
In NUMBERS He is the “PILLAR OF CLOUD BY DAY” and the “PILLAR OF CLOUD BY NIGHT.” He is the trusted guide… (Numbers 9)
In DEUTERONOMY, He is the PROPHET like Moses (Deut 18:15; 32:4).
In Joshua, He is the captain of our SALVATION (Joshua 2:18) and the SCARLET THREAD hanging from RAHAB’s window.
In JUDGES He is the Great JUDGE and LAWGIVER.
In RUTH, He is our KINSMAN and REDEEMER (Ruth 3:9).
In 1 SAMUEL He is our PROPHET, our KING and the CHAMPION who defeats our Goliath.
In 2 SAMUEL He is the ANOINTED King.
In 1 KINGS He is the WISE King.
In 2 KINGS He is the REIGNING King.
In 1 CHRONICLES He is the SOVEREIGN King.
In 2 CHRONICLES He is the GLORY of the Lord that fills the temple of Solomon.
In EZRA He is the faithful SCRIBE and the RESTORER of the temple.
In NEHEMIAH He is the REBUILDER of the broken-down walls of human life.
In ESTHER He is our Mordecai. He is the hidden TEACHER.
In JOB He is the REDEEMER who lives and will stand upon the earth. (Job 19:25-27)
In PSALMS He is the “LORD OUR SHEPHERD” and He is the LORD OUR SONG. (Psalm 23)
In PROVERBS He is the “WISDOM OF GOD.” (Proverbs 8:35).
In ECCLESIASTES He’s our only HOPE.
In SONG OF SOLOMON He is our LOVER and BRIDEGROOM. He is the “rose of Sharon” and the “lily of the valley” (SOS 2:1). He’s the fairest of 10,000.
In ISAIAH, He is the SUFFERING SERVANT and WONDERFUL COUNSELOR, MIGHTY GOD, EVERLASTING FATHER and PRINCE OF PEACE. (Isaiah 53:4-5; Isaiah 9:6).
In JEREMIAH, He is RIGHTEOUS BRANCH. (Jeremiah 23:5-6).
In LAMENTATIONS He is the WEEPING PROPHET.
In EZEKIEL He is the SON OF MAN and the WIND that comes from the four corners of the earth resurrecting an entire valley of dry bones.
In DANIEL, He is the FOURTH MAN in the fiery furnace walking around with three Hebrew boys. He is also SON OF MAN coming in the clouds of heaven. (Daniel 3:25)
In HOSEA He is our FAITHFUL and LOVING HUSBAND.
In JOEL He is the BAPTIZER with the HOLY SPIRIT and the GOD who pours out the HOLY SPIRIT.
In AMOS, He is the BURDEN BEARER and the ARMS that CARRY US.
In OBADIAH, He is the MIGHTY TO SAVE. (Obadiah 1:17-21).
In JONAH He is the GOD of the SECOND CHANCE – our FORGIVING GOD.
In MICAH He is the MESSENGER with beautiful feet.
In NAHUM He is our STRONGHOLD in the Day of Trouble. (Nahum 1:7)
In HABAKKUK He is the Great EVANGELIST crying out for REVIVAL!
In ZEPHANIAH He is the RESTORER of the remnant and the GLORY of Israel (Zephaniah 3:15) and the GOD who SINGS over His people (3:17).
In HAGGAI He is the CLEANSING FOUNTAIN and the God who RESTORES our lost heritage.
In ZECHARIAH He is the PIERCED SON.
And in MALACHI He is the SON OF RIGHTEOUSNESS who rises with HEALING in His wings.(Malachi 4:2).
That’s just the Old Testament. Here’s the New Testament.
In MATTHEW, He is the PROMISED MESSIAH. (Matthew 1:23; 2:2, 6)
In MARK He is the MIRACLE WORKER. (Mark 10:45)
In LUKE He is the SON OF MAN. (Luke 19:10)
In JOHN He is the SON OF GOD and the WORD made flesh.
In ACTS He is the ASCENDED LORD who fills His followers with the Holy Spirit. (Acts 1:8, 11; 2:1-4)
In ROMANS He is our JUSTIFIER who frees us from all condemnation. He is the GRACE OF GOD.
In 1 CORINTHIANS He is the last ADAM.
In 2 CORINTHIANS, He is our God of all COMFORT. (2 Corinthians 1:3)
In GALATIANS He’s our LIBERATOR – the one who sets us free from the curse of the law. (Galatians 3:13)
In EPHESIANS He is our glorious treasure.
In PHILIPPIANS He is our JOY and the God who MEETS ALL OUR NEEDS and the NAME ABOVE EVERY NAME. (Philippians 4:8; 2:9)
In COLOSSIANS He is the FULLNESS of the Godhead in bodily form.
In 1 and 2 THESSALONIANS He is our SOON COMING KING. (1 Thessalonians 4)
In 1 and 2 TIMOTHY He is the MEDIATOR between God and man. (1 Timothy 2:5)
In TITUS He is our BLESSED HOPE and the FAITHFUL PASTOR. (Titus 2:13)
In PHILEMON He is a FRIEND who sticks closer than a brother.
In HEBREWS He is the BLOOD of the New Covenant that cleanses us from all our sin. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.
In JAMES, He is the one who HEALS the sick. (James 5)
In 1 and 2 PETER He is CHIEF SHEPHERD. (1 Peter 2:25)
In 1, 2 and 3 JOHN He is EVERLASTING LOVE.
In JUDE He is ONLY WISE GOD, our SAVIOR and the LORD who will return with 10,000 of His Saints. (Jude 1:14, 24)
In REVELATION He is the ALPHA and OMEGA, the FIRST and the LAST, the BEGINNING and the END, the LAMB who was slain before the foundation of the world, the KING of KINGS and LORD of LORDS and the BRIGHT and MORNING STAR. (Revelation 1:8, 17; 21:6; 5:6; 19:13; 9:16; 22:16)
That’s it!!! This entire book is about Him!
It’s all about Jesus!
It’s all because of Jesus!
It all points to Jesus!