“Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.”
John 5:39 KJV
Today’s text is a bold declaration. Jesus says: “The Scriptures testify of Me.” It, therefore, means that a proper study of the Scriptures is meant to point you to Christ. He is the message of the scriptures.
The word ‘scriptures’ was often used as a collective description of all books from Genesis to Malachi.
To be sure, if Jesus in the book of John, asked that His audience search the scriptures, then the book of John couldn’t be amongst the list of books he was referring to (since it hadn’t been compiled yet).
Sometimes, scriptures are called Prophecy (2 Peter 1:21). Why? Because they were written to testify about Christ. All the teachings in the early church were from the scriptures (Genesis to Malachi) and they were all Christ-centered.
When the Psalms were quoted, for instance, they weren’t for mere encouragement as we often do today. In the epistles, the Psalms was one of two most quoted scripture books used to explain redemptive realities.
Many Psalms foretold the redemptive work of Christ. They are often called Messianic Psalms. David saying “You won’t suffer your Holy One to see corruption” was a prophecy of the resurrection of Jesus. (Psalm 16:10 KJV)
We haven’t been effective in our study of the Old Testament if we fail to see the One of whom they spoke about.
“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
Hebrews 1:1-2 KJV
This is why we say that Jesus is the perfect revelation of the Father. It’s not a mere assumption or catchy phrase. This assertion is rooted in the Bible:
“The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
John 1:14 HCSB
“See, the virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and they will name Him Immanuel, which is translated “God is with us.”
Matthew 1:23 HCSB
And these are but a few examples.
Knowing this, as you step out today, let it gladden your heart that the revelation of God is found in Christ. He is the focus of the Bible from the beginning to the end. All of God’s creation revolves around Him. Share His message and joy with your world today.
Bible Reading Plan:
Matthew 23:1-12, Romans 5:1-11, Psalms 53, Numbers 12-14.