Luke 24 tells the story of how the disciples had their understanding of the Scriptures turned upside down once Jesus was raised from the dead. Perhaps we should say that their understanding was turned right side up, for the understanding they gained is the one that will govern spiritual thinking for all eternity.
Jesus first chided the men for being slow to believe the women who had seen Him after He had risen. He said they were “foolish and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets had spoken.” Thus He made clear, as He had in the Sermon on the Mount, that He had not come to abolish the Law and the Prophets but rather to fulfill them. Luke goes on to tell how the Lord then explained all the things concerned Himself in “all the Scriptures.” What a Bible study that must have have been!
The Old Testament (as we would call it; they said simply “the Scriptures”) appeared to be a collection of laws, customs, genealogies, histories, prophecies, and such. As it turns out, the disciples learned that the entire collection was a testimony to Jesus Christ!
As Jesus had said to those who were religious but unbelieving in John 5, “You study the Scriptures because you think they hold eternal life for you and it is these very Scriptures that testify of Me – but you’re unwilling to come to Me!” Let us not be like them.
This is the understanding that Messiah’s resurrection to heaven gave us – let us not forsake it.
The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, look to the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.