“Pastoral Ponderings”

July 25, 2021

Good Morning, CCOB Family & Friends:

 “On the road to Emmaus” (Luke 24:13-35) is one of my favorite passages in the New Testament. The Risen Christ meets two bewildered disciples, despondent about our Lord’s crucifixion and death on Friday, yet also incredulous at the women’s testimony about finding the tomb empty on Sunday morning.

Jesus then reminded the two disciples (one of them was named Cleopas) that the Christ had to suffer first and then enter his glory. The next verse is intriguing: “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.” (Luke 24:27)

Jesus the faithful Jew was intimately familiar with what we call the Old Testament, the Hebrew scriptures. There was no question in his mind that the Bible he read as a boy, teenager, and young man pointed to himself as the promised Messiah of Israel, and of the world.

As Christians we obviously favor the New Testament. It is the written account of Christ’s birth, lfe, ministry, suffering and death, resurrection and ascension, with a faithful view of the future as the time of his promised second coming. Nevertheless, we avoid or ignore the Scriptures before Jesus to our spiritual detriment.

Today’s message “Why it’s important to read the Bible Jesus read” will encourage us to read the Old Testament. “The Old Testament” as author Brent A. Strawn points out, “is vital for understanding the New Testament. It’s also indispensable all by itself.”

Together in Christ, Jim