Friday, April 6, 2007

Finding Jesus in the Scriptures...

As I was translating through the book of John recently I was reminded of a danger for myself and all bible-loving Evangelicals. In John 5:39-40 we read about Jesus's response to the religious leaders of his day regarding their "quiet time" and "study" practices. We are told that they were men who gave themselves entirely to the Word of God. In other words, they would have been regarded as top notch exegetes. However, in their passion to study the Scriptures they actually missed the main goal of all of Scripture. Listen again to Jesus's words and may they resound afresh in your souls:

"You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life."

The main goal of all of our exegesis and bible study is not to arrive at the author's intended meaning of the text (I realize that in some ways this is a false dichotomy for if we rightly understand the authors intended meaning that we will not stop at a surface level, but go on to feast on Jesus.) The main goal of exegesis and all bible study is to see Jesus Christ more clearly. To see Him standing forth as glorious and all satisfying. To see Him standing forth with open arms asking us to come to Him that we might have life. If our exegesis ends at a merely grammatical and historical level, than we have not rightly divided the word of truth and are in danger of these 1st century religious leaders error.

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