A Frustrating Verse
There’s a verse in the Bible that frustrates me—not for what it says, but for what it doesn’t say. Here’s the background:
Jesus dies and rises from the dead, but his followers are slow to catch on. Two of them are on a road trip and Jesus begins walking with them, but they don’t recognize him. As they walk, he begins to remind them what the Bible says about the coming savior. Here’s how Luke tells it:
“And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he [Jesus] explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.”
That’s the verse that frustrates me. It’s good to know that Jesus explained this, but I want to know exactly what he said.
True, there are a finite number of verses in the Old Testament that point to Jesus, so we could study them and reasonably guess at which ones he picked. But speculating about this leaves me wanting more. I want to know what verses Jesus used and to hear him explain it.
Anything short of that leaves me wanting more. And that’s why this verse frustrates me.
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Peter DeHaan writes about biblical spirituality, often with a postmodern slant. He seeks a fresh approach to faith and following God through the lens of scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.