Friday, July 11, 2014

Jesus is the "Answer"?

I have heard a story of a Sunday school teacher who presented a series of pictures on giant flashcards to her class. The pictures depicted scenes from the Bible, as well as commonly found objects in the Bible stories. When she held up a picture of the head of a camel and asked, “...and what is this, class?”, her young students were at a loss. One young man finally spoke up excitedly and said, “It's Jesus!” Surprised by his answer, the teacher chuckled and asked why he thought it might be Jesus. He responded, “Well, in church they tell us that Jesus is always the answer!”

Many people are told, and rightly so, that the Bible has the answers to life's questions. And while there are many fascinating scientific, historical, philosophical and practical insights in the Bible, it would be a mistake to view the Bible simply as a “how-to” manual for life. Rather, it is a “WHO-to”. The Bible demonstrates that it is written by God through inspired men, and the entirety of the book points to one thing- Jesus.

In all of the pages of scripture, we see that God reveals Himself to the world. He first reveals Himself as the creator, as a God of justice, as a law-giver, as a healer, as a provider, as our victor, as our source of strength and help, and so on. But as the pages turn, God's plan comes more and more into focus until it all funnels down to one point in history- the appearance of God in the flesh, Jesus Christ. The Bible reveals God's nature and character as we see the life of Jesus played out in the gospels and expounded upon by the remaining books of the new testament. It is a truly fascinating journey.

In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.”- Hebrews 1:1-3.

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