Thursday, June 11, 2020
Looking for Truth in all the Wrong Places
“The Scriptures point to me!” John 5:39 NLT
Jesus Christ is the Alpha and Omega of the Bible. He is the constant theme of its sacred pages; from first to last they testify of Him. At the creation we immediately discern Jesus as one of the sacred Trinity; we catch a glimpse of Him in the promise of the woman’s offspring; we see Him represented by the ark of Noah; we walk with Abraham as he sees the Messiah’s day; we live in the tents of Isaac and Jacob, feeding on the gracious promise; we hear the venerable Israel talking of Shiloh; and in the numerous symbols of the law, we find the Redeemer abundantly foreshadowed. Prophets and kings, priests and preachers, all do the same thing—they stand like the cherubs over the ark, wanting to look inside and read the mystery of God’s great sacrifice of atonement. Even more clearly in the New Testament, we find our Lord as the one pervading subject. It is not a nugget here and there, or a dusting of thinly scattered gold. No, here you stand on a solid floor of gold, for the whole substance of the New Testament is Jesus crucified. Even its closing sentence is jeweled with the Redeemer’s name (see Revelation 22:21). We should always read Scripture in this light. We should consider the Word a mirror into which Christ looks down from heaven; and then we, looking up into it, see His face reflected as in a glass—dimly, it is true, but still enough to be a blessed preparation for seeing Him face-to-face someday. This Book contains Jesus Christ’s letters to us, perfumed by His love. These pages are the clothing of our King, and they all smell of “myrrh and aloes and cassia” (Psalm 45:8). Scripture is the royal chariot Jesus rides. It is paved with love for the daughters of Jerusalem. The Scriptures are the swaddling clothes of the holy child Jesus—unroll them and you find your Savior. The essence of the Word of God is Christ. - C.H. Spurgeon Morning and Evening
This was from last night but it seems is what I am to write about today. That one passage where Jesus was walking with the Disciples, opening their minds to the Scriptures, showing them from Moses all that was written about Himself, really got my attention a few years ago. I began a new journal just to keep notes on anything that stood out along those lines.
It would be my challenge to you. It's there. You can begin that challenge too. When you read your Bible, look for it. Look for the evidence that demanded a verdict that proves and proved that Jesus is who He said He was.
We get so sidetracked so easily. Honestly we are easily offended, easily hurt, easy to dismiss truth, all much as a child is.
When God shows Himself as the parent we often have quite the tantrum.
But read...read...what Christ said. Read what being a Disciple means. When growing up. Like any other child, there were moments when I wanted my will to be done, regardless of what my parents said. No different than any child who has ever lived. Yet my parents prevailed and for good reason. They knew better than me. They could see where I was headed or at least could see what that direction meant in terms of an outcome.
In God's Word there's much the same in looking at the entirety of God's Word for Jesus. There is mixed within it not just evidence of Jesus but of obedience and disobedience. Of trust and lack of it. Of belief and lack of it. Of faith and lack of it.
Where else can you go in a book, any book, and have the Author sit with you to explain it as you go?
We see things happening in our lives we don't understand. If you are in Christ, there's nothing new under the sun. If it's happening now to you, it's somewhere in the Bible as happening to someone else. Details aren't important. Just like no two people are alike, neither are two disobedient children. Let alone two obedient children.
Look to the Scriptures not to other books in understanding the Word of God. Jesus said the Helper, the Holy Spirit, would teach us all things. He did NOT say He would provide a few hundred authors of other books to help us find our way.
Jesus said we would know the Truth and the Truth would set us free. He is the only truth that matters and to know more you need to read about Him. From G to R is to read from A to Z. Alpha and Omega the first to last is in Him.
Some talk of unplugging from social media. Good for you. It unfortunately doesn't change what is really happening both in the world and in you. In both Jesus is mainly saying He wants more of you. He wants more of me. Look, in Eternity there will be no social media. We will be face to face with Jesus and others.
Eternity is coming soon. Once the Rapture takes place, realize the truth. The Earth will only have a tad over 1,007 years left. That's it. After that the present Heavens and Earth will pass away. Being absorbed in rights and all other social issues rather than looking to a life in Christ that DOES have peace we seek, will get us nowhere.
We want peace on our terms. But that's not what Jesus brings. Not as the world gives does He. Read. Look for peace where it cannot be found anywhere else.
Ask the Spirit to explain it. He will. He's the perfect Teacher. Never gets tired of questions. My kind of Teacher. Lord knows every one I ever had got asked a lot by me.
Look to the Word of God for the peace and truth you seek...look to it for more about Jesus. The Author is ready for your questions.