Have you ever met a person who knows all about the Bible, but yet there is nothing about them that is Christ-like? I once met an atheist who knew the Bible just as good as a Bible scholar, but yet refused to believe the Bible and was angry at God. How is that possible? You ever think how a Bible scholar for 30 plus years can have less life than a person who has been saved for one week. I have seen just that. A person can be saved one day and the next day be on fire and wanting to do so much for God, but a person who has been in the church for 30 years is still grumpy, uptight and showing no life at all. Jesus warned of this, he said that the Pharisees were people who thought they could find life just by studying the scriptures. In John 5:39 Jesus said to the Pharisees “You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me!” I really like the Message version of this scripture, which is mainly just a paraphrase. It says “ 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.”
The whole Bible, all 66 books, point to Jesus Christ, and if it is read just for the sake of reading, then it is not going to lead to the life that Jesus intended. In every single book there is a message that points to the Messiah. The scriptures are supposed to bring you to Jesus so that you can know God on a personal level. A person who knows God on a personal level is full of life. It is impossible to not know God and not want to be in a hot pursuit for him. Just think about it, The Pharisees knew the Old Testament scriptures by memorization, but yet they still wanted to kill a guy who healed the sick, raised the dead and preached about the coming kingdom of God. That is all good news, but yet they still wanted to kill him? That makes no sense, but yet there are still people like that today. How could you not want to believe the story about a man who loved you so much that he died for you and wants to give you a life that will set you free? Jesus preached a good message, but he is still the most polarizing person in human history. There are still many people who still do not like him. Think about it, why would he be one of the most hated people ever? He’s the only person in history where the hero actually dies for the villain. In Him you can know that all your sins have been cancelled because he rose from the dead after being killed for all of mankind’s sin. There is no other faith in the world that cancels the problem of sin the way the gospel of Jesus Christ does. Everything points to Jesus, our calendar we use today even points to him. His existence was so significant that the world had to reset its calendar after one spectacular event that happened on a Sunday: he rose from the dead. He existence is so significant that most businesses in America are banking most of their profit on His day, Christmas. The acronyms we use to divide world history are BC and AD. The acronym “B.C.” stands for before Christ and “A.D.” stands for Anno Domini, which is Latin for “in the year of our Lord.” So if someone ever asked the question if Jesus really did exist, they can look at the calendar and know our current date is evidence for his existence.
Religion was never God’s plan, religion will spiritually kill you and keep you frustrated just like the Pharisees of that day. Throughout the Bible all God desired was relationship, and that relationship is possible through the Holy Spirit.
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”- Jesus