The Bible #4 – Its Message
Many efforts have been made to communicate with intelligent life on other planets.
Scientists, astronomers, and other enthusiasts have sent out messages through various radio signals and even tweets. They’ve set up satellite dishes and radio telescopes to listen for any messages.
People want to know: “Is anybody out there? Is anybody listening? Is somebody trying to communicate with us? What are they saying?”
They haven’t detected a real alien message yet. But the search continues.
What is known and what is clear is that the Creator God has already spoken to us.
The Bible records God’s announcement to everyone, reveals his eternal plan, and gives his life-transforming message of redemption.
Paul wrote to his protégé Timothy “how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:15).
The whole Bible, from beginning to end, has one message of redemption: How God created us to have fellowship with him. How God chose sacrifice as the means through which we can be reconciled to him. How the Old Testament predicted the coming Messiah. How God himself appeared in a human body in Christ Jesus. How Jesus died and rose again to redeem us. How we can place our faith in Jesus Christ to save us.
The Bible reveals the true God, both infinite and personal. Though created for fellowship with him, we turned away from him, which resulted in everything within us and around us as broken.
But God sent his own Son into this broken and hurting world to die on the cross to forgive our sins, release us from guilt, cover our shame, free us from the final consequence of sin, and restore us to God.
All this is recorded in history through the Bible – which is very different from the sacred scriptures of other religions.
Some people think they don’t need to study the Bible because they’ve had some spiritual experience. A spiritual experience might make us aware of God’s existence.
But a spiritual experience cannot tell us who God is, or what God wants, or how God can save us. That’s why we need the Bible.
One God, one book, one message, from Genesis to Revelation – redemption through Jesus Christ.
~ Pastor Dave