I began our annual Passover Seder last night with these words from Charles Spurgeon:
“The more you read the Bible, and the more you meditate upon it, the more you will be astonished with it. He who is but a casual reader of the Bible, does not know the height, the depth, the length and breadth of the mighty meanings contained in its pages. There are certain times when I discover a new vein of thought, and I put my hand to my head and say in astonishment, “Oh, it is wonderful I never saw this before in the Scriptures.” You will find the Scriptures enlarge as you enter them; the more you study them the less you will appear to know of them, for they widen out as we approach them. Especially will you find this the case with the typical parts of God’s Word. Most of the historical books were intended to be types either of dispensations, or experiences, or offices of Jesus Christ. Study the Bible with this as a key, and you will not blame Herbert when he calls it “not only the book of God, but the God of books.” One of the most interesting points of the Scriptures is their constant tendency to display Christ; and perhaps one of the most beautiful figures under which Jesus Christ is ever exhibited in sacred writ, is the Passover Paschal Lamb. It is Christ of whom we are about to speak to-night” (http://www.spurgeon.org/mainpage.htm).
Spurgeon preached this particular sermon on December 2, 1855. His text was:
“For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us” (1 Cor. 5:7).
Indeed! Our Seder was focused upon the facts that Jesus Christ truly is our fully-sufficient Lamb! And that is a truth so clearly revealed in God’s Word. Both Old and New Testaments point to the fact that Jesus is the fulfillment of the first gospel promise (Gen. 3:15). Like the NT, the OT is all about JESUS. He is present in Christophonies, promises, prophecies, shadows and types. The New Testament explains this for us in biographies, sermons, epistles and a revelation.
The Bible is about Jesus. Front cover to back. Genesis to Revelation. Spurgeon was correct. There is a “constant tendency to display Christ.”
Wouldn’t that be great if that sentiment was used to describe us?! I trust that is content for another day. Today please be reminded that the Bible is “the God of books.” Let’s use this as motivation to open the Scriptures! Surely we will see Jesus in all His glory. Our Lamb. Our Lion. Very God of Very God.