In John 5:39-40, Jesus tells those questioning him:
"You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life".
But what does it mean for all of the Scriptures to bear witness to him? What significance does this hold?
The scriptures bear witness to Christ by foretelling his coming, his death, his resurrection, and the purpose within. The work of Christ was awaited from the very first humans and their fall into sin (Genesis 3), and onward.
Part of the significance is in the unity of the message across several different human authors. 2 Timothy 3:16 tells us that all scripture is “God-breathed,” but this doesn’t overlook the fact that real human beings took part in writing scripture as well. The fact that several authors foretold the coming of Christ and did so in a unified way testifies not only to the trustworthiness of God’s word, but also to the trustworthiness of the one it tells us of. Let’s look at a few passages that describe his coming:
The LORD God said to the serpent,
“Because you have done this,
cursed are you above all livestock
and above all beasts of the field;
on your belly you shall go,
and dust you shall eat
all the days of your life.
I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise his heel.” (Genesis 3:14-15)
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose coming forth is from of old,
from ancient days. (Micah 5:2)
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
righteous and having salvation is he,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey. (Zechariah 9:9)
Of the many things required to believe in Jesus is to believe what is said of him in scripture. Through learning scripture, we can learn more and more about him and put more of our faith and trust in him as gifted by the Holy Spirit. Take some time to praise God for his word and take time to listen to it expectantly.
Post by Jared Gibson