We must be doers of the word.
Jesus is the lens through which we read the Bible.
Today’s Bible reading and an excerpt from it
Read Luke 24:18-32
Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?
More thoughts for meditation
Jesus opens the scriptures to us.
Some people are afraid the authority of the Bible is going to be undermined in the postmodern era as the world believes the narrative of social constructionism. They are right. But protecting an essentially modern way of understanding scripture is not the solution. We do not have a democracy of words, as if they were all created equal. But we also do not have a hierarchy of words, as if the Jesus is not risen. Jesus is risen. Jesus is Lord. It’s in the Bible.
When we say we read the scripture through the “lens” of Jesus it means many things. Among the first things we mean is that we don’t read the Bible through the lens of a principle of theology invented in the 1600s. Nor do we try to submit Jesus to what is in the book, as if he has no reality without that evidence.
We are going with what the Bible says about Jesus by reading the Bible through the lens of Jesus. Paul says Jesus “Is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.” We begin and end with Jesus the firstborn from the dead — just like we are taught to do in the Bible.
Just like Jesus revealed himself in the Old Testament to the men of Emmaus, we expect the risen Lord to reveal himself to us as we study and do the word.
Suggestions for action
Pray: Open my heart to believe what the prophets have declared, and all I need to know in the scripture.
Read the book of Colossians today and see who Jesus is. Pick out one thing in that small piece of material that you should do to see life through that lens.