April 24, 2016
The Upside-Down Kingdom: Jesus and the Bible
What is the relationship between Jesus and the Bible? How did Jesus read the Bible? These are the questions that Pastor Andy explored in this message from Matthew 5:17-20 as he continued our series The Upside-Down Kingdom. Knowing how Jesus read the Bible, and how he understood his relationship with it, will help us as we try to read Scripture faithfully.
Jesus’ detractors were likely accusing him of playing fast and loose with Scripture. The way he treated the Sabbath was a major point of contention, and it seemed to some that he was trying to abolish the Law of Moses and the teaching of the prophets. But nothing could be further from the truth. “I have not come to abolish the Law and the Prophets,” Jesus claimed, “but to fulfill them.” In other words, Jesus came to complete the Old Testament, which some have described as a story in search of an ending. When Jesus read the Bible, he saw his name on every page. Rather than appealing to Moses or the prophets as an authority higher than himself, Jesus understood that they had been writing about him all along.
In order to help us see what it looks like for Jesus to fulfill the Old Testament, Andy walks us through one of the most power passages in all of Scripture – Genesis 15. Prepare to have your mind blown and to see the power of the relationship between Jesus and the Bible.