Thursday, September 1, 2011

Where's Jesus - Part 1

Where's Jesus
Luke 24:27 (NLT) "Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself."

I recently finished reading a book by Alan Kraft, Good News for Those Trying Harder, and he made an astounding point; one that I knew, have heard in church, have told other people, but yet still never really understood.

He wrote, "Jesus is the Point."  The entire body of the scriptures is about leading us to Jesus.

Pretty simple. Yet that is not the whole deal. He went on to ask if I had ever had difficulty putting the Old Testament into the context of my life.

Well, Let me think about that....

Frequently I force myself to read the bible out of obedience, hoping not so much that I will get something out of it while I read, but rather that I will survive the process, and be rewarded for being such a good bee.  

Instead, I usually fall asleep, banging my head on the chair or computer. Especially in Numbers.   

Alan Kraft suggested, with Luke 24:27 as his support, that the entire reason for reading the scriptures was to "Find Jesus."  He then asked another simple question. 

"Would you ever read a Where's Waldo book, without looking for Waldo?

NO.  That is the whole point of the "Where's Waldo" book; finding Waldo.  Alan suggested I read the bible the same way, except make it a "Where's Jesus" kinda thing.  

That changed everything.  I read too much now, rather than not enough or just when my life is hard.  It is AWESOME.  (For you goal setters out there, this really is not a goal, it is more like an explanation of what the purpose of the Bible.)  

Without the Holy Spirit, you are not going to find much in the bible.  if you want to know more about getting the Holy Spirit into your life, click HERE.)

So, since this has made such a huge change in how I view and read and use the bible, I am going to share some of it with you.  This is Part 1. I hope you enjoy the journey, and you gain some understanding of the Power of our Lord Jesus.  I strongly encourage you to read the book I got this idea from, "Good News for Those Trying Harder," by Alan Kraft.  I read it on a free downloaded Kindle app on my phone. It took 2 nights as I was falling asleep.  I am re-reading it again now.


Psalm 84:4 "Blessed are those who dwell in Your houseThey will still be praising You.  Selah"

For the sake of clarity, Selah means Stop and Listen, or Stop and Think, but either way, it is used to let the singer of the psalm know that this is an important point, worthy of remembering.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20  (NKJV) - "Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body
 and in your spirit, which are God’s."

Jesus sighting #1: So, because of Jesus giving us the Holy Spirit, YOU ARE THE TEMPLE OF THE LORD. 

Romans 8:26 (NKJV): "Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered."

Jesus sighting #2: Because you have the spirit of the Lord within, the spirit Himself prays for your needs, even if you do not know how or what to say.  Spiritual weaknesses are the core of most worldly weaknesses, but this verse is talking about HELP in OUR WEAKNESSES.  Real help for real people. This, if you listen to the Spirit, is the blessing of peace in a fallen world.

Romans 8:28 (NKJV): "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose."

Jesus sighting #3: Even more blessings ---  everything will work out for good if you are called according to His purpose.  If you have the Holy Spirit within you, and you listen to him, then you ARE CALLED ACCORDING

In one verse of the Old Testament, with the attitude of certainty that Jesus is the reason for the bible, I was able to find Jesus 3 times.  

That is pretty cool.  Didn't fall asleep 1 time.  Didn't have to put my obedience or false spirituality hat on even once.  It was Fun.  Try it!

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