All scripture is God-breathed. The entire Word of God must be, has been, and will continue to be fulfilled. The Word is living and active. The Word does not return void. The Word accomplishes what its sets out to do. The Gospel message is not something new out of left field. It is a continuation of the OT, it is a fulfillment of the OT.
Jesus died, and is now alive again, because that's what the Word said would happen. And so it did. It is not optional. Everything God has promised will come to pass. Everything.
V45 is very clear - God opens our minds in order to understand the Scriptures. This is a huge reminder for me - so often I go into Bible reading or evening Bible studying without first praying that God would give me understanding. What a huge mistake that is. Obviously, He can reveal things to me without me praying and asking - but this is a great reminder to me that I need to pray before digging into scripture.
What are the scripture about? Jesus. It's the "Sunday School answer", but it's so true. The Bible is not about us. It's about Jesus. The primary purpose of the OT was to prepare the people for the coming of Jesus.
That’s why it’s promised in the Old Testament he would be born of a woman, he would be born of a virgin, he would be born in Bethlehem, he would be born before AD 70, that he would live without sin, that he would perform miracles, that he would die through crucifixion, that he would be buried with the rich in his death, that he would resurrect three days later, and that he would save sinners from the eternal wrath of God, and that he alone would ascend into heaven, and that he would take the people of God with him, and that he would rule and reign as the King of kings and the Lord of lords, and that one day he would return to establish a kingdom that would never end.
It all came to pass. And now we're waiting for the fulfillment of the promises of Jesus' Second Coming. We know that they also will be fulfilled, because the promises of His first coming were fulfilled.
Repentance and forgiveness is only possible through Jesus. He is the only Way. He is the only Truth. He is the only Life.
And the disciples witnessed this! The writers of the New Testament witnessed this. And they waited for the promised Holy Spirit to come upon them, so give them the courage and strength and power they would need to proclaim this amazing message to the world.
What he says is this message has to be proclaimed; this gospel, this good news that God loves us, that he came for us, that he lived the life that we have not lived, that he died the death that we should’ve died, that he rises to conquer the enemies we cannot defeat. His name is Jesus! It’s all finished. He’s alive and well. That the nations need to know, that everyone needs to know. And he says it must be proclaimed.
Jesus says it must be proclaimed. We have that same power. We have the same message. Are we sharing it? With words?!
I just loved this portion of Driscoll's sermon - the quote he mentions has bothered me for years....
Tomorrow's scripture focus: Luke 24:50-53