“Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me” – John 5:39.
LIGHT FOR THE NOW: Jesus is the climax of revelation.
Our opening text (John 5:39) was an interrogation between Jesus and the Pharisees; meaning the Pharisees where the audience whom this statement was made in John 5:39. Now, the way the King James manuscript translated the above text (John 5:39) seems to look like Jesus instructed the Pharisees to go and search the scriptures. However, this is not true because the Pharisees were men who by status and training had read the entire scriptures. The Greek manuscript renders the above text better; it is rendered as “…You search the scriptures…” Thus, Jesus’ words were not an instruction for the Pharisees to go and search the scriptures but a call to pay attention to how the Pharisees searched the scriptures “…For in them ye think…” The words “ye think” is the word “dokeo” in the Greek Lexicon and it implies “to expect to” or “to appear as”. In other words, Jesus was questioning the art of study; they searched the scriptures without Christ in mind. They searched the scriptures without accepting the fact that the scriptures testifies of Jesus.
We can deduce that your act of study is questionable if Jesus is not seen in you. The scriptures (the Old Testament) only open up when it is read in the light of Christ. The bible therefore is Jesus’ book; he is not one of the characters in the bible, he is the main character of the bible. In the utterances of the prophets in the Old Testament, the focus was Jesus. Jesus’ words in Luke 24:25-27 lays credence to this: “Then he said unto them, O fools and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: ought not Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself”. Thus, “these things” in verse 26 of Luke 24 will be the sufferings of Christ and the glory that followed.
So, what was the focus of the utterances of the prophets? The sufferings of Christ and the glory that should follow. If we are to summarize the Old Testament in one sentence, what will that sentence be? It will be the sufferings of Christ and the glory that followed. Who then is the message or subject matter of bible? Christ is the message; he is the subject matter. In verse 27 of Luke 24, Jesus expounded the things concerning himself. The word “concerning” in verse 27 implies the destination; that the prophecies of the prophets in the Holy Scriptures had a destination; the destination was Christ. Therefore, what binds the prophecies of the prophets in different times and dispensation in the Old Testament is Christ (that is, words spoken concerning Christ). The Old Testament is Jesus concealed, the New Testament is Jesus revealed.
INSTRUCTION: Always look for Jesus in the bible.
PRAYER: The eyes of my understanding are enlightened, in Jesus Name, Amen!
QUOTE: When Jesus is not revealed, scriptures are veiled; when Jesus is revealed, scriptures are unveiled.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JONAH CHAPTER 2; EVENING: ROMANS CHAPTER 1