“Beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.”Luke 24:27
My wife and I were hiking along the San Joaquin River near Mammoth Mountain when we took a detour to visit Devil’s Postpile National Monument. The valley there, filled with beautiful meadows and a river, is surrounded by mountains on all sides. We thought it would be a great place to take a photo, but it was hard to capture the beauty and expanse of it. When I asked my wife to step into view, the magnificence of the landscape suddenly became clear. Her presence in the photo gave a good reference point.
It was sort of like that for Jesus’ disciples when He “stepped into” the scene and revealed Himself after His resurrection. Suddenly, the whole landscape of the Bible became clear to them. Jesus showed that He is the very centerpiece of all the Scriptures.
He put every part of God’s redemptive plan into perspective; it all centers on Him. Because He has risen from the dead, we can see this central aspect of our salvation. Jesus’ victory over sin and death on our behalf makes the beauty of the gospel clear to us.
While we can understand the Scriptures in many respects, it is only when we see Jesus as the center of the story that we grasp its beauty.
Bible In A Year
- 2 Chronicles 21-22
- Psalm 18
- Matthew 25