As we begin to study any passage in God’s Word and prepare to present it, we should ask, “Where do I see the person and/or the work of Christ in this section of Scripture?”
After Jesus rose from the dead, He showed up on the Emmaus Road and gave us the greatest hermeneutical lesson we could have: “And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.” (Luke 24:27) The verse DOES NOT say that He showed them all the things concerning Him in the Scriptures BUT “in ALL THE SCRIPTURES the things concerning Himself”.
If the former were true, it would merely send us looking for the key passages about Jesus which our human minds could somewhat accomplish. However, since the later is what Jesus said, it requires us to let the Holy Spirit do one of His key works. Jesus said “He will testify of me. . . He will glorify me”. (John 15:26 – 16:15)
So, in every passage we should ask: where can we see the person of Christ, the attributes of Christ, the nature of God demonstrated and pointing us to Christ? Where do we see the redemptive and justifying work of Christ pictured? Where do we see God’s holiness in judgment on sin? Where do we see His mercy? Where do we see His eternal love? Where do we see the wages of sin paid out? Where do we see His grace given out? Where do we see His resurrection power? In ALL THE SCRIPTURES we may see Him. Of course then, the applications to the lives of our listeners will be rich and abundant. The attendant doctrines will be clear, connected, and life altering.
For the glory of God, the good of our hearers, and our own joy, let’s look for where we see Jesus presented, explained, referenced, paralleled, foreshadowed, prophesied, typified, and exemplified. He is everywhere in the Scriptures. This He clearly taught!
As we follow the Holy Spirit’s lead, we will make much of Jesus; how can we not? Then He will draw people to Himself as well as sanctify those that come.
The late Adrian Rogers often said, “If you read the Bible and don’t see Jesus, reread it because you misread it!”
My prayer for our churches is that in small groups and in large meetings, “We would see Jesus.”