Updated: Aug 22, 2021
Years ago when I first accepted Jesus as my savior, I was determined that I would read the bible all the way through. So I opened it up and started at Genesis 1:1. Weeks later as I finished the book of Revelations, I closed the book and made a declaration. “The old testament and the new testament are the same book”, I didn't realize it but I had said that outloud. I had an audience of two (me and the cat) and one of us really could care less.
Now I really didn’t know what that meant. Clearly the two testaments were different. However, what I saw in them was not the stories, parables and truths but the Holy Spirit had revealed to me the common thread between both of them. He had allowed me to peek beyond the text and discern into the inspired word of God. I didn’t understand this then, but the Holy Spirit had revealed to me what the bible was really all about.
The big "what" reveals the plan of God. God’s plan was to create a world where His creation (mankind) would live, rule and reign. A place on earth that would mimic the sovereignty of God’s rule in heaven. The big who is what led me to say that the old testament and the new testament were the same book. The big who is Jesus. The bible is about Jesus. The word of God wrapped in human flesh. We think that Jesus is only in the New Testament but Jesus is the theme of every book from Genesis to Revelations. Whether he is spoken about directly, indirectly, alluded to or called by name, Jesus is present in all scripture. He told us so.
“You have your heads in your Bibles constantly because you think you’ll find eternal life there. But you miss the forest for the trees. These Scriptures are all about me! And here I am, standing right before you, and you aren’t willing to receive from me the life you say you want.” John 5:39-40 msg
As you read and study your bible, ask the Holy Spirit to illuminate to you Jesus in that particular chapter or book. Whether He is our strength in Haggai, our servant in Mark , our intercessor in Esther or our restorer and rebuilder in Nehemiah, Jesus is the main attraction. The Holy Spirit is our teacher and stands ready to reveal Jesus to us. As we eat the word of God, we will enter into sonship so that we may pattern our lives after Him.
"Then beginning with Moses and with all the Prophets, He explained to them the things written about Himself in all the Scriptures." Luke 24:27