Jesus' Take on the Bible
“Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose. 18 I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God’s law will disappear until its purpose is achieved. 19 So if you ignore the least commandment and teach others to do the same, you will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But anyone who obeys God’s laws and teaches them will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.
20 “But I warn you—unless your righteousness is better than the righteousness of the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven!”
Matthew 5:17-20 (NLT)
Watch this video from the Bible Project – “How to Read the Bible: What is the Bible?“
Jesus says that He hasn’t come to abolish the Torah, but to fulfill it. Wait. Isn’t the opposite of abolish to “build” or “obey”? Why didn’t Jesus just say that? What does He mean that He will fulfill it?
As we read the rest of this passage, it’s plain to see that Jesus takes the commands of the Old Testament seriously. But then when we read His take on murder, adultery, and other sins, we see that He is actually wanting us to see the heart of God? Instead of just “not murdering”, He tells us to not hate. Instead of just “not committing adultery”, He tells us to not lust. Jesus takes these commands up a notch and gets us to see the heart of God; that we’re all sinners in need of a Savior.
Following Jesus means following His teachings and commands, but the idea of living under and being subjected to the authority of the Bible is absolutely absurd in our current culture. The myth of progress is that new is better. In other words, we’ve evolved passed the Bible. But if Jesus takes the Bible seriously, I think we should as well.
“Our trust in the Bible stems from our trust in Jesus Christ…I don’t trust in Jesus because I trust the Bible; I trust the Bible because I trust in Jesus. I love him, and I’ve decided to follow him, so if he talks and acts as if the Bible is trustworthy, authoritative, good, helpful and powerful, I will too…Even if some of my questions remain unanswered, or my answers remain unpopular.” –Andrew Wilson
- Has anyone read through the whole Bible before? If so, what was that experience like?
- What is easier? Actually following the commands of Jesus, or teaching them to others? Why?
- What’s the difference if you trust in Jesus because of the Bible VS trust in the Bible because of Jesus? (See the quote by Andrew Wilson above) Which does each lead to?
- What do you think will happen if our motivations to read the Bible are just based off of knowing things about God and not actually loving God?
- What is the best time for you to read the Bible every day? (Everyone answer)
- What is holding you back from reading the Bible like you should? What are those distractions?
- Memorize the Beatitudes
- Carry your Bible with you everywhere for a week.
- Develop a systematic Bible reading plan.