KEY SCRIPTURE: John 5:39 KJV” Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.”
During the Lord’s discourse with the Jews, He asked them to search the scriptures for that would make them know how to have eternal life, because the scriptures testify of Him. The scriptures the Lord spoke about was the Old Testament. From Genesis to Malachi in summary, talks about Jesus. One has to search in order to find all that has been said about Jesus. The whole message of the scriptures is about God’s plan of redemption. The Father introduced this redemptive program right after the fall of man. In Genesis 3:15, He talked about the seed of the woman, (Jesus was the seed of Mary and not with any other man) who bruised the head of the serpent at the place of the skull John 19:17. In Genesis 3:21, the Lord made coats of skins to cloth them, after they sinned against Him. This was the sacrifice of an innocent animal to cover their nakedness. This act was a symbol of the substitutionary work of Jesus to save mankind.
The scriptures indeed testify and reveal our Lord Jesus in its pages. God’s focus in presenting the scriptures to men is to show to man the way to eternal life. He says that we must search the scriptures. Searching involves a sense of longing to find. It will also call for discipline and an attitude of openness. One attitude that has blinded most people from seeing the amazing truths in the scriptures is approaching the scriptures with preconceived notions. Some approach the scripture with a made-up teaching or concept that they hold to. When one comes to the bible with such attitudes, or views he would hardly see the many nuggets about our Lord Jesus redemptive work.
The Lord instructs us in the opening scripture to search the scriptures. This requires attention and patience. We live in a period that information abounds so much that, people have so much to look at and so cannot be patient to spend quality time with the scriptures. The audio and video posts and films easily take people away from reading. Reading and studying requires total attention. So long as you are able to give that needed attention you are able to discover certain hidden truths that could have easily escaped your awareness. Please heed to the master’s instruction and search the scriptures, for it is in doing that, that you know you have eternal life, for they would reveal the Saviour Jesus to you.
THOUGHT: GOD’S REDEMPTION OF MANKIND THROUGH JESUS IS THE GRAND SUBJECT OF THE BIBLE
Proverbs 4:20 KJV “My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.”
2nd Timothy 3:16 KJV “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”