Making the Bible All About Jesus Again
by Nicholas Davis
Seeing the Big Picture
In order to read the Bible, it helps to see the big picture.
When my toddler is building a cabin out of Lincoln Logs, it helps to look at the blueprints provided inside the box. Without a diagram, building these cabins can be frustrating, and to the unskilled (like my son), even impossible. To make use of all of the pieces and to build a beautiful cabin, it’s best to follow directions.
In a similar way, when we are reading the Bible, we should keep in mind the overarching story to help us navigate through all of the details. This will help us go in the right direction and avoid making some serious blunders in interpretation.
So, what is the Bible all about? For such a large book written across so many years, it’s a lot simpler than you think.
Seeing the Plan of Salvation
From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible is God’s story of salvation. It is about the person and work of Jesus Christ. He was the promised offspring of the woman (Gen. 3:15), the champion who was sent to save a fallen people for himself by crushing the serpent’s head with his own blood. It seems paradoxical to be sure, but that’s how “it is finished.”
The Bible outlines God’s rescue mission of sinners in story after story—in parables, poems, and prophecies. This story of God saving us is scattered across every page of the Old and New Testaments. Sometimes it’s not so easy to see, but every passage ultimately finds its fulfillment and climax in the words and work of Jesus Christ…
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