Sabbatical Post 7–The Bible’s Only Story

The entire Bible is ultimately the story about what God has done in Christ to restore human beings to the life He originally creates us for.  In his book Preaching, Timothy Keller states that every single sermon should ultimately be about Jesus.  The following quote from Keller’s book will be much longer than typical but I wanted to bless you with it.  He writes,

“God created the world and created us to serve and enjoy him and the world he had made.  But human beings turned away from serving him; they sinned and marred themselves and the creation.  Nevertheless, God promised to not abandon them (though it was his perfect right) but to rescue them, despite the guilt and condemnation they were under and despite their inveterately flawed hearts and character. To do this, first God called out one family in the wold to know him and serve him. Then he grew that family into a nation; entered into a binding, personal covenant relationship with them; and gave them his law to guide their lives, the promise of blessing if they obeyed it, and a system of offerings and sacrifices to deal with their sins and failures.  However, human nature is so disordered and sinful that, despite all these privileges and centuries of God’s patience, even his covenant people–who had received the law, promises, and sacrifices–turned away from him. It looked hopeless for the human race. But God became flesh and entered the world of time, space, and history. He lived a perfect life, but then we went to the cross to die. When he was raised from the dead, it was revealed that he had come to fulfill the law with his perfect life, to offer the final sacrifice, taking the curse that we deserved and thereby securing the promised blessings for us by free grace.  Now, those who believe in him are united with God despite our sin, and this changes the people of God from a single nation-state into a new international multi-ethnic fellowship of believers in every nation and culture.  We now serve him and our neighbor as we wait in hope for Jesus to return and renew all creation, sweeping away death and all suffering.

What is all that?  That is a story–a unified narrative plot line, resolving and climaxing in Jesus. The disciples knew the stories of each prophet, each priest, each king, each deliverer from Gideon to David.  The knew about the temple and the sacrifices.  But while they knew all the sub-stories, they couldn’t–until he showed them-see the story, about the ultimate prophet, priest, king, deliverer, the final temple and sacrifice.  They couldn’t see what the Bible was all about.”

Folks, that is what the entire story of the Bible is about.  It is about what God has done in Jesus to restore us and creation to himself and to his original intention. As we read or teach or preach the Bible, we must anchor all of it in that larger story or we have missed the entire point. We have made sub-points the main point which always leads us off point.  The entire Bible is ultimately about Jesus.  Every word of both the Old Testament and the New Testament is about him and about what God has done through him to restore us to him so we can become fully human and bring glory to him.  I pray each of us will keep the big picture story of the Bible always in view so we don’t get off track as we read the smaller stories. Remember, it’s all points to Jesus because he is the fulfillment of God’s promise of restoration and salvation!


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