You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me! Yet you refuse to come to me to receive this life. (John 5:39-40)
Relate: There’s this pastor in New York City named Tim. Tim is the pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church and he’s written a book or two. You might have heard of him. If not, as soon as you’re done with this post, shoot over to Amazon and buy everything he has ever written. I would suggest starting with Prodigal God.
Anyways, one day Tim Keller was preaching a sermon at his church and it inspired one of his congregants. Her name is Sally Lloyd-Jones and she was a children’s author. Taking up his challenge to see Jesus in every page of the Bible she wrote the greatest children’s Bible ever made. It is called The Jesus Storybook Bible. If you have children or grandkids it is imperative that they own a copy of this book. Imperative. If you know any kids, if your neighbors have kids, if you once saw a kid walking down the street on the other side of town, I would strongly recommend you get a copy for them too. If you once were a kid and still vaguely remember those days, pick up a copy for yourself. I’m serious.
React: The premise behind the Jesus Storybook Bible is the deep and profound truth that every page of scripture points us back to Jesus. As the webpage description explains:
The Jesus Storybook Bible’ tells the Story beneath all the stories in the Bible—the story of how God loves his children and comes to rescue them. From Noah to Moses to the great King David, every story points to a Child, every story whispers his name.
Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” John starts at the same beginning and says it this way: “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. All things were made by Him. Without Him nothing was made that has been made.” From that beginning all the way to the end of Revelation where Jesus promises to return and John closes with these words: “May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with His people. Amen.” Every story, every book, every page, chapter, and verse. Every single word points right back to Jesus. He is the center of the Bible’s story and He is the center of your story as well, whether you realize it and acknowledge it with your life or not. It is all about Him.
Jesus, it is all about You. Every good thing I have points me back to You. Every hardship I experience draws me closer to You. You are my everything because You are everything. Without You I am nothing. Without You there is nothing. Help my life and my speech to reflect the reality of this truth.