In my kitchen cupboard are more than 30 different flavors of tea. I can choose between lemon, mango, peach and orange pekoe. There is a British decaf, English breakfast, Earl Grey, a Chinese oolong, an Indian chai, and my present favorite, Moroccan Mint. Some days there is a preference for the smell of apple cinnamon, caramel and coconut, or pumpkin spice. There is a different flavor of tea for every mood and morning, but variety can also distract us.
The Bible is much like my tea cupboard. In the pages of the Bible are love stories, but you can also find stories of war and gore. There are poems about pain and loss, and wise sayings to help you make good choices in life. There are tales about children who have fallen into crime and kings who didn’t cut their hair and ate grass like a wild animal. There are songs about nature and sermons about justice. Every page of the Bible has something different – yet one thing ties them all together. It’s something we often miss in all the variety.
Jesus said, These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me. And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures (Luke 24:44-45).
If we read the Bible and miss Jesus, we’ve missed the whole point.