Connect the dots

Jesus Christ came to build connection.  He came to restore the relationship between God and man. He came to bridge the gap between the past, present and future. Since he lived more than 2,000 years ago, what we know and understand about him comes from one of three sources:

  1. What others tell us about him.
  2. What we read about him in the scriptures.
  3. What is revealed to us supernaturally by the Holy Spirit.

Many believers reading this blog will mindlessly nod that the “hallmarks” of a Christian include talking about God, memorizing verses, and raising your hands in church (OK the hand raising might be pushing it for some, but you know what I mean).  But is it possible to have all three of these principles active in our lives and have no real connection to our Father? I believe it is. And I’ve come to realize that the most vulnerable connecting point for many Christians is that very few of us actually read the Bible.

Why is that?  If I have the conviction that the Bible is the inspired word of God speaking into the hearts of every generation, what keeps me from devoting a few minutes every day to actually sit down and read it? It can’t really be time related because I make time for the things that are important to me.

Honestly, it can be confusing, and we struggle to find a way to connect our #justtryingtosurvive life with biblical concepts. We’ll substitute with books about scripture, worship CDs, and podcasts of famous preachers – all great supplements, but they can’t replace actually opening the Bible, reading it, and then acting on it.

Until about 15 years ago – I was not a big fan of the Old Testament. I couldn’t make a whole lot of sense of it all, but then I heard a narration of how Jesus Christ is revealed in every book of the Bible. It awakened a desire in me to know this Jesus of the Old Testament. For the very first time I realized that even in obscure books such as Nahum and Zephaniah, the central message is about Christ. Until that moment, I had never connected the dots. And then it hit me – it’s all about relationship. If you think about it, a “connector” takes two things that are separated and it creates a relationship where there wasn’t one before. The Old Testament and New Testament are connected.

The watered down version of religion wants to sanitize scripture and conveniently leave out the message of Christ. So it won’t be, you know, offensive. But without Him – there is no connection. No relationship. The Bible suddenly becomes a collection of stories – some quite bizarre – with no real meaning or purpose.

I kept a copy all these years to remind me of the connectedness of the scriptures. The next time you flip open the book of Joel, or Obadiah, look for the relationship, and as you connect the dots, the image of our Savior will emerge in you. The closer you get to Him the closer you get to God.

Name Above All Names – From the album God With Us

God promised that he will never leave us or forsake us, and He demonstrated his faithfulness to us in Christ from the beginning of time…

in GENESIS, Jesus is the Ram at Abraham’s altar

in EXODUS, He is the Passover Lamb

in LEVITICUS, He is the High Priest

in NUMBERS, He is the Cloud by day and Pillar of Fire by night

in DEUTERONOMY, He is the City of Our Refuge

in JOSHUA, He is the Scarlet Thread out Rahab’s window

in JUDGES, He is our Judge

in RUTH, He is our Kinsman Redeemer

in 1 & 2 SAMUEL, He is our Trusted Prophet

and in KINGS and CHRONICLES, He is our Reining King

in EZRA, He is our Faithful Scribe

in NEHEMIAH, He is the Rebuilder of everything that is broken

in ESTHER, He is the Mordecai sitting faithful at the gate

and in JOB, He is our Redeemer that ever liveth

in PSALMS, He is my shepherd and I shall not want

in PROVERBS and ECCLESIASTES, He is our Wisdom

and in the SONG OF SOLOMON, He is the beautiful bridegroom

in ISAIAH, He is the Suffering Servant

in JEREMIAH and LAMENTATIONS, It is Jesus that is the Weeping Prophet

in EZEKIEL, He is the wonderful Four Faced Man

and in DANIEL, He is the Fourth Man in the midst of a fiery furnace

in HOSEA, He is my Love that is forever faithful

in JOEL, He baptizes us with the Holy Spirit

in AMOS, He is our Burden Bearer

in OBADIAH, He is our Savior

and in JONAH, He is the great Foreign Missionary that takes the word of God to all the world

in MICAH, He is the messenger with beautiful feet

in NAHUM, He is the Avenger

in HABAKKUK, He is the Watchman ever praying for revival

in ZEPHANIAH, He is the Lord mighty to save

in HAGGAI, He is the Restorer of our lost heritage

in ZECHARIAH, He is our Fountain

and in MALACHI, He is the Son of Righteousness with healing in His wings

in MATTHEW, Thou art the Christ the Son of the living God

in MARK, He is the Miracle Worker

in LUKE, He is the Son of Man

and in JOHN, He is the door by which every one of us must enter

in ACTS, He is the Shining Light that appears to Saul on the road to Damascus

in ROMANS, He is our Justifier

in 1 CORINTHIANS, He is our Redeemer

in 2 CORINTHIANS, He is our Sin Bearer

in GALATIANS, He Redeems us from the law

in EPHESIANS, He is our Unsearchable Riches

in PHILIPPIANS, He Supplies our every need

and in COLOSSIANS, He is the Fullness of the Godhead bodily

in 1 & 2 THESSALONIANS, He is our soon coming King

in 1 & 2 TIMOTHY, He is the Mediator between God and man

in TITUS, He is our Blessed Hope

and in PHILEMON, He is a friend that sticks closer than a brother

in HEBREWS, He is the Blood of the Everlasting Covenant

in JAMES, it is the Lord that heals the sick

in 1 & 2 PETER, He is the Chief Shepherd

in 1, 2 & 3 JOHN, it is Jesus who has the tenderness of love

in JUDE, He is the Lord coming with ten thousand saints

and in REVELATION, lift up your eyes church, for your redemption draweth neigh. He is King of kings and Lord of lords!

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One Response to Connect the dots

  1. Terri Bryant says:

    Bonnie, thank you so much for this….the message was meant for me! Thanks

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