One of the most frustrating things for me (Elliott) is putting things together. I’m not very handy so it’s a struggle. But it always seems I spend all the time to do everything just right and then I get to the end and I’m missing one piece. Of course, it’s usually the most important piece. The key component is missing and therefore I’ve just wasted a couple of hours of my life that I can never get back.
A week ago I had the chance to speak at the University of Florida Christian Campus House. We talked about how and why to read the Bible, and I encouraged the students to always ask this question when they are reading Scripture: “How does this lead to the cross.” I first came across this question reading Jim Putman’s book Real Life Discipleship. I’ve said on numerous occasions that if you’re going to tell people about Moses, but not about Jesus, then you have to ask yourself why you’re telling them about Moses. Have you ever had a moment when you said something and then immediately thought: Was that too far?
Then this week I was reading the words of Jesus in John 5:39. Here is what He said:
“You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me!”
Here’s what I’m learning:
Without Jesus, it doesn’t matter.
Again, sometimes I say (or write) things and wonder if I’ve stepped off the deep end. But think about it for a second. What good would the Bible be without Jesus? What good would it do you to find out there is a God Who loves you, created you, and cares about you, but refuses to be in the presence of sin. Then you find out you sin every day and have no hope of getting rid of that sin on your own. If only there was a way for that sin to be taken away.
All Scripture points to Jesus because the whole thing hinges on Him.
Without Jesus, the message of the Bible is one without hope and without a future. Take a minute right now and thank God that we don’t have to go through any day, any hour, any moment without Jesus. Jesus brings hope to our lives here on earth, and hope to our eternity.
We love you. We’re praying for you. And we’re in this together.