So many of us have limited our Bible study to the New Testament but what if I told you that traces of Jesus can be found throughout the Bible from Genesis all the way to Revelation? I’ve recently started using The Jesus Bible from Zondervan and since I’ve started, my understanding of God’s plan to redeem his people through Christ has deepened. If you’re a long time reader of this blog then you know that I am a huge fan of Zondervan’s NIV Life Application Bible. But, as I’ve grown in my knowledge of God’s Word, having a resource like The Jesus Bible allows me to retrace my steps and uncover Christ in ways that I may not have on my own.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
The Bible is a lot of things. It’s an instruction manual, it’s a book of promises, a book of beautiful words of worship, but it is also a story. The Jesus Bible divides the story of the Bible into six different acts that have helped me to view different time periods as key phases in God’s ultimate plan. Beginnings, Revolt, People, Savior, Church, and Forever (from creation to the second coming) are all equally important moments. Jesus lives in each and every one. I’ve had the opportunity to try out a few different Bibles but The Jesus Bible is so special. It moves beyond the traditional study Bible model and it shows you, based on the Word, the heart of God through his Son, Jesus. It is for this reason that it may have just become my new favorite.
John 1:1 and a few other scriptures confirm that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit have always been around—well before the creation of Earth. I remember reading Genesis 1:26 for the first time and let me tell you, it changed my relationship with God forever. He was no longer just the big God in the sky that could send me to hell if I did wrong. He became a wise, gracious father that had a huge plan for the world which meant that he also had a plan for my life. This understanding brought on something much more meaningful than just an aha moment. It moved me to a place of spiritual maturity. In every page of this Bible, in every section of commentary, and every thoughtful essay from powerhouses like Max Lucado, I am reminded of this: God has always had a plan and his plan has always been Jesus.
One of my favorite things about this Bible is that it features beautiful book introductions that highlight exactly who Jesus is to us, based on that particular book. For example, in Genesis, Christ is highlighted as our “Glorious Creator”. In Proverbs, he’s called our “Divine Wisdom”. There are 66 books and 66 different ways to look at our Lord and Savior. The introductions are paired with key verses and profound, insightful commentary that brings both the context of the text and the heart of Jesus together.
If you are Christ-follower that is maturing in your walk and you long to know Christ more intimately through Scripture, trust me when I say that this is the Bible for you. This Bible does not have several colorful maps or a lot of other bells and whistles but its powerful, thought-provoking commentary makes it an extremely powerful resource. As Christ-followers, we are encouraged to see Christ in everything and that is exactly what The Jesus Bible helps me to do—from the book of Genesis all the way to Revelation.
If you’re ready to learn more about the heart of Christ and would like to grab your own copy of The Jesus Bible, you can order one here: http://bit.ly/2iXHJDi
I created this post in partnership with Zondervan and I was compensated but every thought and opinion is honest, true, and my own.
Will you be trying out The Jesus Bible?