The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
The theme of Scripture can be summed up in the Lord Jesus Christ, namely, His Person and work, and of whom the Apostle Paul declared, "that in all things He might have the preeminence" (Colossians 1:18).
"Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of Me" (John 5:39).
Of which Scriptures did the Lord Jesus reference when mentioning "they?" At the time He made His pronouncement, only the Old Testament existed. "They" meant all of the writings of Moses, the poets, and the prophets. Now, of course, we have the completed Bible, including the New Testament that also proclaims Christ on every page. "He is the mediator of the new testament" (Hebrews 9:15). Thus, all of Scripture, from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21, can be viewed as the book of Christ, given by the Father and inspired by the Holy Spirit to reveal and glorify the Lord Jesus.
To simplify, we might say…
The Bible is about the Lord Jesus Christ.
Every book of the Bible is about the Lord Jesus Christ.
Every chapter of every book is about the Lord Jesus Christ.
Every passage of every chapter is about the Lord Jesus Christ.
Every verse of every passage is about the Lord Jesus Christ.
Every word of every verse is about the Lord Jesus Christ.
Every letter of every word is about the Lord Jesus Christ.
Moreover, every bit of history, poetry, prophecy, doctrine, and personal expression of the Scriptural writers proceeds from the Person and work of Christ, and then proceeds forth forevermore unto the same eternal glory of God's beloved Son. The Lord Jesus serves as the heart and theme of the written Word of God because He is Himself the living Word of God (II Timothy 3:16; John 1:1). Thus, we open our Bibles to learn much about many things, but always remembering that the living Christ shines forth as the Light of truth that illuminates every word printed in the Sacred Text.
A writer of old once rightly declared, "We have never really understood or rightly interpreted any Scripture until somehow we have known Christ as the center and circumference of its truth." Amen, and praise be unto God for the Book He gave, praise be unto the Holy Spirit for the book He inspired, and praise be unto the Lord Jesus for the grace, glory, and truth with which He illuminates every chapter, passage, verse, sentence, word, and letter of the book in which He shines so beautifully and brightly - His Book.
"And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself."
Weekly Memory Verse
These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God, that ye may know that ye have eternal life."
(I John 5:13)