Have you read an excellent book lately? Or a great post from a blog or a Tweet? Or a witty quote from Facebook or Tumblr? You loved what you read because sometimes you can relate to. Something in you has been satisfied by what you have read. And you crave for more. Fulfillment of that desire is the drive for you to read and to indulge more on books, magazines, or blogs. But there is another sort of ‘fulfillment’ you can have when you read the Bible. Jesus experienced it also which is quite astonishing. Let’s look at the story over the gospel of Luke:
Luke 4:16-21 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
You know what just happened? Jesus Christ was reading the Old Testament. This is only time recorded in the Bible that Christ is reading the Bible. He is reading a messianic prophecy. He read about Himself! Not only that, He states that what they just have heard is fulfilled in front of them! The most important person in the whole universe is reading about the most important person in the whole universe. Believers we should do that to. Read and find Christ in what we read.
We Christians should de discerning in on what book or blogs we read. Our litmus paper test should be: Can we find Jesus Christ in every page or post? Is it solid, biblical, Christ centered, and doctrinally sound? Before picking up the next book or following another blog, decide now: will I read Christ in the that book or not?
In studying the Bible often we are told that we should find Christ in every book, chapter and verse. Have you found Jesus in the Scripture you have meditated this morning? Does He appear every time you use a text for your preaching on your worship or Sunday school? You can only find Him if we are diligent and willing to go deep in our personal Bible study. Are you ready to see Scripture the way Jesus did?
Luke 24:27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.