GOT A MINUTE?
If you are going to be a disciple, it’s vital that you be keenly aware that you are a learner and follower of the most unique and amazing person ever-Jesus. I’ve been thinking lately about how easy it is to become side-tracked with the vastness of the Scriptures and miss the point of it all. That point which the Scriptures present is simply Jesus. Luke, the author of two of the five Gospels, notes how central Jesus is to the Scriptures.
Luke references Jesus, himself, using the Scriptures to explain his central role. After the resurrection, Jesus joins a couple of disciples walking along the road and he begins with Moses and all the Prophets to explain what the Scriptures have to say about him. I wish I could have listened in on that!
When Paul was in the synagogue in Thessalonica, note what he said:As was his custom, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that the Messiah had to suffer and rise from the dead.“This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Messiah,” he said.
In Acts 18 we find Apollos was in the practice of proving from the Scriptures that Jesus is the Messiah. Also when Philip met up with the Ethiopian eunuch, he began with the prophet Isaiah and explained to him the good news about Jesus.
The primary role of the Gospels was to take a teaching strand out of the ancient teachings of the prophets about the Messiah and pull that thread through to a fuller explanation. The Scriptures were not written to build a great religious or a theological system. The Scriptures were written to teach us and lead us to Jesus.