At the start of the year I did a drastc change in how I prepare my message. I had an underlying goal and that goal is to be able to show the people how Jesus is the hero in every text I preach. It has been a radical shift that I am currently learning and enjoying. The way I read the Bible, the way I live my life has totally changed when we see the Scripture in light of who Jesus is.
Jesus himself declared that every page of the Bible reflects Him. A bold but true statement.
Luke 24:27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he (Jesus) explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
You might say how can Jesus be reflected in the story of Moses and the prophets when he just showed up in the New testament. Well technically, Jesus was already existing since the beginning.
John 1:1-4 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all people.
John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Jesus said you can’t study Scripture and not see me. Duh! I am there. I am the hero of the Bible
John 5:39-40 You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you possess eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.
A lot of preachers make the error of making us – the people be the hero of the bible. Big mistake! When we always see us and make us the hero we end up teaching moral teachings. People can be moral without Jesus. Let me give you a classic example of what I am talking about.
Years ago when I was a youth pastor I did a preaching on David and Goliath and titled my preaching “How to Slay the Giants in your Life”. I preached on faith and encouraged people to be like David – to tap into the champion inside of us – that by faith ain’t no giant big enough. The preaching received thunderous applause and great feedbacks.I preached on faith, giants and sin without mentioning anything about Jesus – how was that possible? I don’t know but I knew something was missing. People went home motivated to slay the giants in their life without understanding that Jesus did that at the cross. it was not our faith thinking that killed the giant. David was a mirror of what was to come. A Messiah who will destroy the works of the devil. And we need this Jesus, rely on this Jesus, trust on this Jesus if we want to defeat Goliath because in our own and our own faith/ positive thinking there is no way we can defeat the Goliath of sin that haunts us.
Preachings where Christ is not the hero tends to encourage people to modify their behavior without really touching the very core message of the gospel – ” we can’t do it on our own, we need a Savior, Jesus is that Savior, and through the power of the Holy Spirit and by God’s grace can I now fulfill the good works that Christ has called me in advance to do.
Let me end this blog with this two verses:
Col. 1:16 For in him (Jesus) all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him (Jesus) and for him (Jesus).
Col. 1:17 He (Jesus) is before all things, and in him (Jesus) all things hold together.
Who is your hero?