Today's Reading: Luke 24:44-53
"Thus it is written, that the Christ suffer and rise from the dead on the third day." (Luke 24:46)
He is risen indeed! Alleluia! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. He really did die, and He really did rise. All of Scripture is about that. It's not just the New Testament that's about Jesus. The Old Testament is also about Him. The entire Bible points, confesses, and delivers Jesus who dies and rises. The Old Testament does it by pointing forward to Him, and the New Testament does it by pointing back to Him.
We want the Bible to be about something else. "If it's not about me, I'm not all that interested," we think. We think we want the Bible to be an instruction book: a list of dos and don'ts, a how-to about how to live. Now the Bible does have portions that are about the Christian life, how Christians are to live. Christ is our example, after all! (1 Peter 2:24)
But that is not its chief purpose and aim. If it were, it would be like giving a cookbook to a starving person. The Bible will instruct you to death. The Christian life is what you do after the meal: be a father, mother, son, daughter, husband, wife, or worker.
Jesus says, though, it's all about Him. From Genesis to Revelation, the message is repeated over and over again: You need a Savior, and Jesus is it! We don't search the Scriptures for ourselves. We don't search them for how to live. The Pharisees tried that. To them Jesus said, "You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me." (John 5:39 NKJV)
Jesus is delivered through the Scriptures. He's promised. He's foreshadowed in Word and deed. His life, preaching, death, and resurrection are laid out for you. He is proclaimed as having died, risen, and will come again.
In the Bible, you get Jesus. He delivers Himself through them. In the Scriptures you have hope, the hope of everlasting life that Jesus won for you and delivers to you in His gifts. You find all of that in the Scriptures alone. He is risen indeed! Alleluia! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
Blessed Lord, You have caused all Holy Scriptures to be written for our learning. Grant that we may so hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them that, by the patience and comfort of Your holy Word, we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. (Collect for the Word)