From Day 1 of my 90 days of reading through the Bible I have endeavored to stress in this post the message of Jesus. In the first 14 chapters of Genesis we can see Jesus and through all the first five books of the Bible. The books of History we see Jesus. In the books of Poetry (Job, Psalms, etc.) we see Jesus. In the Prophets we see Jesus; and we see Him coming the first time to suffer, to be buried and to die, and be bodily raised to life again.
We recently began reading the part of the Bible that is the fulfillment of the Old Testament, and that is the New Testament and beginning in Matthew we have gotten to the last of the gospels which entail the life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ the Son of the Living God. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John all give us accounts of the life of Jesus. None contradict the other. They complement one another. Together they give us the complete account of the humanity, deity, power, purity, holiness, love, mercy, and grace of the Incarnate God.
My reading today was John 17 through Acts 5. That is right only ten chapters. Just to let the reader know. I did some calculations of the numbers of chapters remaining, along with the numbers of days, and in order to give myself some reading through all 90 days; I will now be reading a minimum of 10 chapters with an eleventh every three days or so.
The reading today began with our Lord’s Prayer. It is the one I call the Lord’s Prayer. The one that has the title “The Lord’s Prayer” is actually a model prayer which He used to teach His disciples how to pray. John 17 is the Lord Himself praying to the Father. He is praying for the glory of the Father to be done. He is also praying for His followers to be one, as the Father and Son are one (vv. 11, 22-23). I have written more thoroughly on the Lord’s Prayer at this link.
In the final chapters of the gospel of John, just as in the other gospels, we read of the trial, conviction, crucifixion, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus; with some differences in each account. Some who seem to have an agenda on disproving the Scriptures and that Jesus is indeed the Son of God, and God the Son try to tell us that these differences are contradictions; but that is not so. When there is an automotive accident on a street corner, and there are witnesses – let’s say there are four witnesses, one at each corner; each witness will have a different view of the accident, and will have a different way of telling their eye witness account of the accident. When there is a difference in their testimony is someone lying? Not necessarily. When you put all the testimony together you will come to the full account of the story. The same is true with the gospel of Jesus Christ; only the best part about the four Gospels is that they are inspired by the Spirit of God. Thus, completely without error.
We get into the Acts of the Holy Spirit, often called The Acts of the Apostles, and we see by the hand of Luke that Jesus is ascending into the presence of the Father.
“And when He had spoken these things, while they beheld, He was taken up; and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; which also said, ‘Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven.” Acts 1:9-11 (KJV)
In the Acts we also see Peter with a new found boldness, and courage, that can only be explained by the evidence of the bodily resurrection of Jesus. He has witnessed the resurrected Christ; his life has been changed, and that is true of any one who ever meets the resurrected Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God. Your life is changed. You were a sinner, and you are now Just in the eyes of God, and declared by Him to be “Saint”.
The apostles, as well as Jesus, had only one set of Scriptures to read; and that was the Old Testament. When someone tells you, “I believe only the New Testament” or “I live only by the New Testament”; then, they are telling you really that they have a problem of faith. Hear what Peter declares concerning Moses and the Prophets,
“For Moses truly said unto the fathers, ‘A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; Him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever He shall say unto you. And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that Prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people. Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days. Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, ‘And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. Unto you first God, having raised up His Son Jesus, sent Him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.” Acts 3:22-26
That is right. The only Bible Jesus and the apostles, and the early church had to read was the writings of Moses, or the Law, the Prophets, the History, and the Poetry of Scripture. We are blessed to have the continued Scripture of the New Testament – the revealing or unveiling of the Old Testament.
Trust in the Lord Jesus Christ today, and be saved from your sins, death, hell and the grave.
-Tim A. Blankenship