[Jesus] said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. Luke 24:25-27
Jesus’s disciples are confused after Jesus is crucified. They expected him to set up an earthly kingdom and kick out the Romans for good. But the resurrected Jesus appears and walks with them to Emmaus. Not recognizing Jesus, they express their disappointment over his death. Jesus takes the time to confirm how the Old Testament Scriptures are God-breathed and prophesy a time in history when the Messiah would appear, die for their sin, rise from the dead and eventually set up his spiritual kingdom. Jesus himself affirms God as the source of Scripture.
Paul also reminds Timothy that, “All Scripture is God-breathed” (2 Timothy 3:16). God-breathed actually means “inspired.” The Bible was written by people inspired by God—who breathed his words through them giving the entire Bible continuity and purpose. The Old Testament points forward toward Jesus and the cross. The New Testament points backward to Jesus and the cross. Watch this video clip as Pastor Jeff Manion explains God’s breath. Guest Pastor John Dickson will continue to shed light on how we can trust God as the dual author of the Bible over the next two weeks.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
The Old and New Testaments of the Bible give our life meaning and purpose because God inspired the words. Praise and thank him for this gift. Then journal about a specific verse or a time the Bible has encouraged and sustained you.
2022 BIBLE MEMORY PRACTICE
Develop spiritual roots and tap in the power of God’s word by memorizing monthly a Bible verse! View previous verses at beyondtheweekend.org/biblememorypractice.
Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
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