There has been an acronym that demonstrates how most people think about the Bible. You have heard it before it is “Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth”. We call the Bible to “road map to life”. Most people think of the Bible as nothing but a rule book that Christians follow. It shows in the way many Christians handle their Bibles. When a person wants to know what the Bible says about sex, they open up their concordance in the back of their Bible, look at their teen study Bible notes, or do a quick google search to find the few verses that gives them the rule for them to follow. Many view the Bible as the strict task master of the Christian faith, and that it is nothing more than a rule book.
Although the Bible does have rules. It does have instructions for us. It does tell us how we must live. However if that is all you think the Bible is your view of Scripture is incomplete. The Scriptures are not just about rules, but about Jesus! The Bible is a story, the true story of the whole world. The Bible tells the story of God’s plan for redemption through Jesus.
In Luke 24, Jesus appears to two guys on the road to Emmaus. Jesus has resurrected and appears to these guys who are bummed out because they thought Jesus died in Jerusalem, not knowing he had risen on the third day, just like he said he would. Jesus joins in on their conversation and corrects them with the truth. Jesus begins to walk through the whole Scriptures with them and tells them how the whole Bible talks about Him! Here is what Luke 24:27 tells us, “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself”.
The Scriptures are all about Jesus! The meta-narrative, the over encompassing story, of scripture revolves around Jesus. The Bible isn’t just a rule book but a story book centered around Jesus as the hero. When we read the Bible then we don’t need to just understand it as a boring rulebook, but as the amazing true story of the world. We read the Bible and discover how we fit in with God’s story and what he is doing in the restoration of this broken world. Once you begin to understand the Bible as more than a rule book, studying the Bible gets much more exciting. The Christian life isn’t about just succumbing to a list of rules, but joining God in his mission to redeem this world through the blood of Jesus! When you read the Bible, you are reading about a story you get to join!