Take a second and think about it, how many Bibles do you have in your house? Now for the more important question, what is the Bible?
The Bestselling Book = The Bible
Did you know that the Bible is the most published and purchased book in America? It has been the number one book on the Bestseller’s List since the beginning of the Bestseller’s List.
Interesting Fact: It became clear that no book would ever surpass the Bible in publications and sales, so it was decided that the Bible would no longer appear on the Best Seller’s List and it became assumed that the #1 best-selling book is technically the #2 best-selling book behind the Bible.
With how much the Bible is published and sold, it make sense that studies estimate that the average American family owns at least three Bibles. Take a second and think about it, how many Bibles do you have in your house? Now for the more important question, what is the Bible?
My First Bible
One night when I was in middle school, I was watching TV and there was a commercial for “the most important book in the world,” and the best part, they were giving them away for free! I remember thinking to myself, “Hmm, the most important book in the world, they are giving it away for free, surely I could sell this sucker!” So I called up the number on the commercial and requested my free Bible!
When my Bible arrived, I took it to school and tried to sell it, no luck. At this point, I figured, “Well, I guess it’s not selling, so I might as well try and read it.” I didn’t understand it at all. The Bible has given a lot of people peace of mind and it has also given a lot of people a headache, I was in the second category.
The Bible is Not Primarily about You
Fast forward a few years into high school and that is when Jesus saved me! I became hungry for God and His truth. I attended my local youth group, Sunday morning service at one church, an evening service at a new church plant, read theology books, and read the Bible frequently and fervently. However, in light of all of this, the Bible was full of a lot of information, but I was still missing the point.
Fast forward to college this time. I went to Indiana Wesleyan University and I met a guy named Nick. One night, a few guys were down in our dorm lobby talking about theology and life. I don’t remember the exact topic of our conversation, but I will never forget what Nick said, here it is, “Guys, the Bible is not primarily about you, it is primarily about Jesus.”
Many people read the Bible primarily looking for advice and wisdom that could be used in their personal lives. This is not a wrong reading of the Bible, it’s one of the main reasons for reading the Bible, it is just not the primary reading of the Bible. The primary reading of the Bible is to encounter Jesus and learn about Jesus.
The Main Character of the Bible
Every book that you have ever read has had a main character and the Bible is no different. The main character of the Bible is God, and particularly, the main character of the Bible is Jesus.
One day, Jesus was walking with a couple of guys that were having a difficult time understanding the Old Testament. In Luke 24, Jesus overhears the guys talking about their confusion and frustration. Jesus tells the guys, “Everything written about ‘me’ in the Law of Moses, and the Prophets, and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Everything written about who? About Jesus! Jesus essentially summarizes the Old Testament and says, “Oh yeah, all that is about me.” Let me explain.
The Law of Moses is the first five books of the Bible; Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. Genesis isn’t about Jesus, is it? Actually it is. You see, Adam ate from a tree and brought sin into the world, and Jesus died on a tree and took sin out of the world. Adam failed his wife Eve and led her into sin, and Jesus will not fail His bride the Church and He will lead her into holiness. Adam’s sin brought thorns into the world and Jesus wore a crown of thorns and carried our sins out of the world. Adam realized he was naked and had sinned and God covered him and protected him; and Jesus was clothed and sinless, and He was stripped of His clothing and He was beaten. Now tell me you don’t see the parallels? Let’s continue.
The Book of Jonah is recorded in the Prophets. In the book, Jonah knows that God is causing a storm because of his disobedience, so Jonah says, “I will jump off of the ship, I will drown and die so you can all be saved.” Who do we know that died to save others? And then to top it off, Jonah got swallowed by a fish and stayed inside of it for three days; whereas Jesus got swallowed by the grave and stayed inside of it for three days. Afterwards, Jonah gets spit out and he preaches the good news of forgiveness, and then Jesus resurrects from the dead and preaches the good news of forgiveness. We’re not quite done yet.
Jesus doesn’t stop there. He then says, that even the Psalms are about Him. David, the guy that killed Goliath, wrote a lot of those Psalms. How many times have you heard the story of David and Goliath and the preacher said, “You need to be like David, you need to overcome the Goliaths in your life.” This is exactly the opposite of what the Bible lesson is about. We are not David, we are Israel. We are cowards, we are weak, and we don’t want to face Goliath because he is bigger and stronger than us. Goliath is like our sin, and Goliath is like Satan; and we need somebody who is stronger than us and stronger than Goliath, and stronger than our sin, and stronger than Satan to step in and take out these enemies. Who do we know that is a powerful substitute on our behalf that can slay giants? Jesus! We can’t, but He can.
The entire Old Testament and the entire New Testament, is primarily about Jesus. Jesus is the main character of the Bible.
What is the Bible?
Many Christians know Bible stories, but they miss the main story of the Bible. When we read about Adam, Jesus is the better Adam; when we read about Jonah, Jesus is the better Jonah; and when we read about David, Jesus is the better David. It all points towards Jesus!
Therefore, let’s not miss the main point of the Bible, and the main point of the Bible is to point us towards Jesus. He is the main character, not us.
Think about it this way, the Bible is a Christian book and anything that is Christian, by definition is supposed to be all about Christ. So what is the Bible? It is a book primarily about Jesus Christ.