Start with Jesus

22 Feb

There are many ways to share the story of the Bible.

For one you can start at the beginning and work your way through. This is apparently building a foundation upon which they can then share Jesus.

I propose a different way. Start with Jesus.

No matter what you teach from the story of the Bible, ultimately it’s about Christ.

How can we speak creation without speaking about the One who created? How can we teach the disobedience of sin unless we teach about the One who was obedient to death? How can we talk about the sacrifices made in the Old Testament without talking about the Spotless Lamb? What’s the point in showing Israel’s king without showing the KING?

Start wherever you want I say…just as long as you start with Jesus.

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4 Responses to “Start with Jesus”

  1. Chris Oldfield 22/02/2010 at 1:55 pm #

    amen – no point without him, but why doesnt the bible do that then?

  2. sammydaviesjr 22/02/2010 at 2:06 pm #

    Hmm, I’d probably answer that by saying, “I’ll let my good friend, the author of Hebrews (esp Ch1) answer that.”

  3. Chris Oldfield 23/02/2010 at 8:31 am #

    agreed, “in the past god spoke to our forefathers through the propets at many times and in many ways, *but in these last days he’s spoken to us in Son, through whom he made the universe.”

    dont you think it’s at least a little odd that, as you say, to actually start at the beginning (of the bible) is “a different way”? Personally I’m not sure they are different ways, but confidence in that seems to me to involve letting the bible unfold on its own terms…feeling the tension indeed that without Christ, we just can’t make sense of it. It’s all, as Ecclesiastes seems to comment, meaningless – you can almost hear Derrida…in the whole OT, God’s word just comes back to him empty. Tough one.

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