The Bible Is the Menu, Jesus Is Our Food
In my last post, I challenged the thought that the Bible is necessary for a good relationship with God. I finished the post with this verse found in John 5:39 (NLT), You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me!If you were to carelessly read this verse, you could almost come to the conclusion that in order to really know God, you shouldn’t search the Scriptures. However, Jesus said they thought the Scriptures could give them eternal life, but they actually pointed to Him.
Again I ask, what’s the point? The point is the Bible doesn’t contain eternal life, it points to the One that does. Therefore, Eternal life cannot be found in the Bible, but because of the Bible.
A friend recently described the Bible as a menu, which shows you the food that’s available.
I’m not sure about you, but I would never go to a restaurant to eat the menu. Many believers think that if they eat enough of the menu they’ll be satisfied. They wonder why it is so difficult to chew and digest, and most of time tastes terrible.
Well, menus aren’t supposed to be eaten, food is.
The point of the Bible is not to satisfy our hunger, but to point us to Jesus, the One who will. If we understand this as we approach the Bible, our goal becomes to discover Him, not to read for a certain amount of time or chapters. This can cause the Bible to become a place we get excited about, like returning to our favorite restaurant.
Once you begin to discover Jesus through what you read in the Bible, I know you will leave not only satisfied, but also with a desire to return as soon as you possibly can.