The Entire Bible Is About Jesus
One of my favorite methods of Bible study is the topical method. And my favorite topic to study is Jesus – because He is the central figure of all Scripture.
In fact, if it hadn’t have been for Jesus there wouldn’t even be a Bible. How do I know that? Easy. Just listen to Jesus Himself …
Jesus said to the Jews of His day (before there was a New Testament), “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.” (see John 5:39).
Jesus is also speaking to us in this passage. And what He’s telling us is the old testament Scriptures testify of Him. Were you aware of that?
Thoughts About Jesus in the Old Testament
This leads us to an important question … have you found Jesus in the Old Testament?
Remember on the road to Emmaus when Jesus joined Cleopas and his friend, two believers who were walking home from Jerusalem after the crucifixion. They were extremely discouraged, and had given up hope for the future, because they (like everyone else) thought when Christ was crucified His ministry was over.
But what did Jesus do?
The Bible says, “beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself” Luke 24:27
Did you catch that?
Beginning at Moses.
That’s Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy for sure, and possibly Job which were written by Moses.
So beginning there, “and all the prophets” – he “expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself“. All the prophets would be Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, Micah, Joel, Zechariah et al.
And what about the Psalmist? Psalms 22,23 & 24 have been called the crucifixion, burial and resurrection Psalms.
Psalm 22, the crucifixion Psalm – “My God, My God – why have You forsaken Me?” (vs 1) “They pierced My hands and My feet” (verse 16), “They divide My garments among them and for My clothing they cast lots”. (verse 18) … [NOTE: actually the whole chapter but you get the point]
Psalm 23, the burial: “Yeah though I walk through the shadow of the valley of death I will fear no evil”.
Psalm 24, the resurrection and inaugural in heaven when He ascended to the Father, “Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, ye everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in.” (verse 7)
And we haven’t even scratched the surface!
We’ve got the Suffering Servant of Isaiah 53; the prophecies of His birth and mission Isa. 9:6,7 and 61:1-3.
We could go on and on with Micah, the sanctuary in the wilderness, Solomon’s temple, the cloud by day and pillar of smoke at night, the Creator in Genesis – etc., etc., etc.
A Topical Study of Christ
While we can easily find Jesus’s footprints all through the Bible (and should) there’s no better source for learning about Jesus than from Jesus Himself!
One of my favorite ideas of how to systematically study about Jesus is to use the 4 gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John
Did you know there are 89 chapters on the 4 gospels? That makes for a beautiful way to study the life of Christ 4 times a year.
If a person read one chapter a day they’d go through the gospels once each quarter. If they started over each quarter they’d go through the entire life of Jesus and all He taught 4 times a year.
A way to help retain what was read would be to read a chapter each morning, and then at night before bed to write in their own words what they got out of that chapter.
Obviously this is just one technique – what are some thoughts about Jesus and how to study His life you’ve found?
Share your ideas in the comment section below …