Posted by Ken Schmidt

In John 5:39-40, Jesus says to the Jewish leaders who have a problem with Jesus equating himself with God, You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.

The opposition leaders are like many people who sit in the chairs/pews of a corporate worship gathering on Sunday mornings.  They somehow think that more knowledge of the Bible will somehow make them more acceptable to God.  In many of our good Bible-believing and teaching churches we can drift towards this scholar-righteousness mentality.

I really do want us to study the Word more.  I often counsel people to spend their ‘devotional’ time in the Bible.  But, I would caution us to examine our motives in the study of Scripture.  Is our motive to see ourselves as God sees us?  Is our motive to ask God, ‘How can I be made right again?  How can I be in relationship with you?  Is our motive to see and know the Hero who rescues us from sin and brings us into right relationship with God?  Is our motive to see Christ as the point of all Scripture?

I love the introduction to The Jesus Storybook Bible because it explains in language that a child, AND EVEN AN ADULT, can understand about the nature and purpose of the Bible.  This introduction answers the question of this post.

Now, some people think the Bible is a book of rules, telling you what you should and shouldn’t do. The Bible certainly does have some rules in it. They show you how life works best. But the Bible isn’t mainly about you and what you should be doing. It’s about God and what he has done.

Other people think the Bible is a book of heroes, showing you people you should copy. The Bible does have some heroes in it, but (as you’ll soon find out) most of the people in the Bible aren’t heroes at all. They make some big mistakes (sometimes on purpose), they get afraid and run away. At times, they’re downright mean.

No, the Bible isn’t a book of rules, or a book of heroes. The Bible is most of all a Story. It’s an adventure story about a young Hero who comes from a far country to win back his lost treasure. It’s a love story about a brave Prince who leaves his palace, his throne-everything-to rescues the ones he loves. It’s like the most wonderful of fairy tales that has come true in real life!

You see, the best thing about this Story is-it’s true.

There are lots of stories in the Bible, but all the stories are telling on Big Story. The Story of how God loves his children and comes to rescue them.

It takes the whole Bible to tell this Story. And at the center of the Story, there is a baby. Every story in the Bible whispers his name. He is like the missing piece in the puzzle-the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together, and suddenly you can see a beautiful picture.

I think that every person should read The Jesus Storybook Bible.  For the child, the JSB opens up the truth of the Scriptures in a clear, fun and concise way.  For the unbeliever, it is not littered with Christianese.  For the adult believer, it just may open up your eyes to the depth and beauty of all the Scriptures, which point to Jesus, the Christ, God!

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