BCL Grow: The Greatest Story — Luke 24:44-45
Luke 24:44-45 (Revelation)
Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.” — Luke 24:44-45
“Written by diverse authors over two millennia, the Bible nevertheless has a unity that can be attributed only to a divine author. It truly reads as promise (Old Testament) and fulfillment (New Testament), like any good story. Yet it is the greatest story ever told. Meticulously detailed prophecies, fulfilled centuries later in Jesus Christ, cannot possibly refer to anyone but him.” — Michael Horton, Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story, pp. 70-71.
Steps to Take
1. Ponder: What are your reasons for reading your Bible? Have you ever felt that the Bible wasn’t relevant to your current life situations? Do you feel frustrated or disheartened after reading? Perhaps you are reading with the wrong goal.
2. Remember: Just like you wouldn’t read a technical manual to learn about current news, or a travel guide to learn how to paint your house, the Bible has a specific function. It isn’t written as a rule book or self-help manual (though there are rules and helpful life lessons to be found in it). The whole driving purpose of the Scriptures is to teach about and point to salvation in Jesus Christ. Only when you read the Scriptures in this way will all the parts come together and make sense as a cohesive unit.
3. Rejoice: Rejoice that the story of Christ presented in the Scriptures includes you! As you see Christ as Prophet, Priest, and King saving and loving his people, remember that you are a member of those he has saved and loved. You are part of the glorious story of Scripture!
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