And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. Luke 24:27
What is the Bible really about?
Is the Bible basically about me and what I must do, or is it basically about Jesus and what He has done? When you read in Luke and Acts how Jesus, in those 40 days, got His disciples together 40 days before He ascended, after He was raised, what was He doing? Basically, He was saying “Everything in the Old Testament is about me.” He says “The reason you didn’t understand what I was about was you didn’t realize that everything in the Prophets and the Psalms and the Law was pointing to me.”
Do you believe the Bible is basically about you, or basically about Him? Is David and Goliath basically about you, and how you can be like David and Goliath, or basically about Him, the one who really took on the only giants that can really kill us? An so His victory is imputed to us. Who is it really about? That’s the fundamental question. And when that happens, then you start to read the Bible anew, you know.
Jesus is the true and better Adam, who passed the test in the garden…His garden, a much tougher garden, and whose obedience is imputed to us.
Jesus is the true and better Abel who, though innocently slain, has blood that cries out, not for our condemnation, but for our acquittal.
Jesus is the true and better Abraham, who answered the call of God to leave all of the comfortable and familiar and go into the void, not knowing whither He went.
Jesus is the true and better Isaac, who was not just offered up by His father on the mount, but was truly sacrificed for us all while God said to Abraham, “Now I know you love me, because you did not withhold your son, your only son, whom you love, from me”. Now we, at the foot of the cross, can say to God, “Now we know that you love me, because you did not withhold your Son, your only Son, whom you love, from me”.
Jesus is the true and better Jacob, who wrestled and took the blow of justice we deserve so we, like Jacob, only receive the wound of grace that wakes us up in discipline.
Jesus is the true and better Joseph, who was at the right hand of the King, and forgives those who betrayed and sold Him, and uses His power to save them.
Jesus is the true and better Moses, who stands in the gap between the people and the Lord, 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 the desert.
Jesus is the true and better Job. He is the truly innocent sufferer, who then intercedes for and saves His friends.
Jesus is the true and better David, whose victory becomes His peoples’ victory though they never lifted a stone to accomplish it themselves.
Jesus is the true and better Esther, who didn’t just risk losing an eartly palace but lost the ultimate heavenly one, who didn’t just risk His life but gave His life, who didn’t just say “If I perish, I perish” but says “When I perish, I’ll perish for them, to save my people”.
Jesus is the true and better Jonah, who was cast out into the storm so we could be brought in.
He’s the real Passover Lamb. He’s 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 is not about you. It is primarily about Jesus.