Wrote too much “earthly” stuff these few weeks. Need to focus back on the higher things in life for a change.
In the story of the “Road to Emmaus”, Jesus appeared alongside 2 disciples who did not recognised Him. Without revealing His identity, He proceeded to give them a lesson on Bible study.
It was written
He 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)
…. a while later, Jesus broke bread with them and suddenly they recognised Him.
Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him, and He disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while He talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
There are a few things we can see from here:
Firstly, at that point of time, there was no such a thing as The New Testament scriptures, so the “scriptures” in the passage was obviously referring to The Old Testament. It goes to show that even in the OT, we can see Jesus all over the place (“all the scriptures concerning Himself”), even in the law. Unlike what I was told by some people not to read too much into “narratives” (which much of the OT are).
It was confirmed in Hebrews 10:1: “The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship.”
and Colossians 2: 16-17: “…do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.
Thus the study of the Old is only for us to see Jesus in it, not for us to follow it. After all, why follow a shadow when we have the reality?
Secondly, all biblical teaching is ultimately about Jesus, not theology.
Instead of giving a lecture on theological terms like, “Predestination”, “Total Depravity” or “Unconditional Election” …etc, Jesus simply taught the disciples about Himself. It takes theologians and religious teachers to complicate a subject as simple as this.
While doctrine is certainly important, but have some of us missed the “good part” of Christianity by dwelling too much on definitions? Why split hair over whether people are “elected” by God or not. it is just enough to know that when you accept Jesus as your saviour, you are saved!! What’s so difficult about that?
I don’t know about you, but my heart certainly don’t “burn within me” (burning with anger, maybe) when I hear arguments over theology. But I certainly do when I hear about Jesus’ perfect redemption work for me on the cross.