A Tapestry of Truth
At first glance, the Bible appears to be a collection of books bound together and put into a Book 1 and Book 2 kind of situation. However, in reality, the Bible is a tapestry of Truth. It is many threads woven together to make the most beautiful tapestry ever designed.
In the USA these days, there are Bibles everywhere. It is so easy to take God’s Word for granted. You can buy them in many places, from bookstores to dollar stores, oh, and of course you can order them online and have them delivered right to your door. We forget how blessed we are to have this freedom.
There are people in other countries where they do not have the freedom to have a Bible. They will get their hands on one page. With only that one page, and they will carefully read it over and over again and then lovingly give it to another person so that they can read it over and over. God’s Word is an incomparable treasure and we have so many here that they gather dust. A lot of us have several different translations – NIV, NASB, ESV, KJV, NKJV… – as study tools but there is always that one that we carry to church and read most of the time. What a huge blessing!
I hope that today we see what a huge gift God’s Word is. We have a book that we can hold in our hands. Inside this book, woven into its delicate pages, is a beautiful picture of God and His great mercy. His loves for us is so clear and so plainly stated time after time in the Bible.
A Tapestry of Love
We are going to spend our time in the New Testament today, which may seem backward, but next week I think it will make better sense to you.
The New Testament was written by several different writers who wrote under the inspiration of the Spirit of God – the Holy Spirit.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness,so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
A Picture of Authority
Because God has all authority on this earth that He created, as well as in the heavens, His Word also has that same authority. As a result, we need to apply it to our lives as if God Himself is standing in the room in physical form, teaching us. As a matter of fact, the Holy Spirit is our teacher and He is with us always, because as believers, we are the temple of the Holy Spirit. We talked about this last week – He lives in our hearts. He teaches us. By His power, we are able to read and understand God’s Word. So much of God’s Word would remain a puzzle to us if He did not help us.
“But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”
“This is why I speak to them in parables: Though seeing they do not see; though hearing they do not hear or understand.”
We need God’s help to understand and apply His Word to our lives. He sent us that help in the Holy Spirit. In the knowledge and authority of God’s Word, there is sweet safety. For this reason, living under His authority is for His glory and our good.
The Gospel Tapestry
Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John – the first four books of the New Testament were written by four different men. Two of them, Matthew and John, were counted among the Twelve Disciples. Two of them, Mark and Luke, were not even eyewitnesses to Jesus earthly ministry. We will go more deeply into this later on.
The reason I am touching on this now is that these four men each wrote accounts of parts of Jesus life on earth. They all had different lots in life and different backgrounds. But when you put all four accounts together you get a very good picture of our Lord Jesus Christ. We can see Him as He lived and died in human flesh. We can be here living, loving and growing in His Word, day by day, because of Him. And, we can spend eternity with Him in heaven! I am so very thankful!
A Picture of Christ
Now, as we go to John 1, If you read between the verses we are discussing, just know that the man named John that John, the disciple, and writer, is talking about is John the Baptist.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.”
Who was with God in the beginning? Who is this Word who was with God and this Word who is God?
“The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father full of grace and peace.”
The Word is Jesus. He is Living Word! He was with the Father in heaven at the Beginning. He did not come into existence when He was conceived in Mary’s virgin womb. He has always been.
Here is the clincher: He is God. He is one of the Trinity – Three in One – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This probably is not news to you, but just think about it and let it affect your day. Let it affect your week.
Today, we observe Palm Sunday and remember Jesus entering into Jerusalem. He knew that He had come to pay the price for us, to redeem us back to Himself. He left the glory of heaven, put on flesh, got hungry and tired, walked in our dirt and worse than that, in our filthy sin, and put Himself in the place where they would crucify Him. Jesus did this because He was following the grand plan of reconciling us back to God. We should never get over that!!
Lord, thank You so very much for Your Word. It is life and breath to us. Help us to never forget what You have done for us. Thank You for loving us so much that You sent Your Son to suffer greatly and died for us. Help us to feel that in our hearts anew today. Help us to desire You as You pull us closer to You. Be glorified in us, Lord! In Jesus holy name, I pray. Amen.
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