Jesus in the Scriptures
One of the startling claims made by the Lord Jesus Christ after His resurrection was that He is the central figure of the Scriptures. He is the focus of the Word of God. He pointed to the written Word of God, declaring with great conviction to His disciples: "all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled" (Luke 24:44). Before this claim, the Lord Jesus had made a confident and authoritative assertion before the proud religious leaders of Israel regarding His preeminence in the Scriptures. "You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is these that bear witness of Me; and you are unwilling to come to Me, that you may have life" (John 5:39-40). Jesus is here making it clear that the Scriptures testify about Him. This is an important truth every single believer must firmly embrace and allow to shape his or her study of the Bible. Furthermore, our Lord said that knowing Him is knowing the Father (John 14:7). Seeing Him is seeing the Father (John 14:9). Believing in Him is equal to believing in the Father (John 14:1). Moreover, the Bible states that Jesus explains the Father (John 1:18). Jesus is the radiance of God's glory (Hebrews 1:2). Jesus is the exact representation of God's nature (Hebrews 1:2). Jesus and the Father are one (John 10:30). This is therefore a win-win situation for the believer in Jesus Christ. So, as we study the Word of God, we must constantly ask the Holy Spirit to reveal Jesus to us as He is presented in the Scriptures. The more we see Jesus for who He is and what He has done and will do, the more Jesus will loom larger in our hearts, the more real He will become to us and the deeper our relationship with and appreciation of Him will be. It is for this purpose that we begin a series of articles focusing on Jesus in the Scriptures. We will ask the Holy Spirit to reveal Christ to us in each book of the Bible we select for this series. For the sake of simplicity, we will state the many ways in which Jesus is revealed in each chapter of a selected book of the Bible. It is our prayer that you will take time to ponder the truths revealed about the Person and work of the Lord Jesus, and allow them to refine and renew your view of Him.