The reference to “Moses and all the Prophets” refers to the Hebrew Bible, what Christians today refer to as the Old Testament. During the time of Jesus, the Old Testament was read as “a story in search of a conclusion. This ending would have to incorporate the full liberation and redemption of Israel, an event which had not happened as long as Israel was being oppressed, a prisoner in her own land.” And so, the Jewish people were waiting for this conclusion that would be spearheaded by the Messiah. Essentially, without drawing attention to Himself just yet, Jesus said to Cleopas and the other disciple, “The crucified Messiah about whom you are confused is the One who brings the story of Israel to its completion, and all the Scriptures have been telling you so.”
How did Jesus show the two disciples that the Old Testament Scriptures pointed forward to His suffering and glory? The rest of the New Testament gives us some hints.
Jared C. Wilson:
But something distressing happened. As if to unwittingly prove the dictum that what you win people with is what you win them to, increasingly, the gospel of Christ’s finished work became relegated to the end of a service, almost an addendum to to the real focal points of the goings-on, and then it frequently became pushed to the end of an entire message series, eventually became saved just for special occasions, and ultimately has been replaced altogether by the shiny legalism of moralistic therapeutic deism.
Many news channels had wall to wall coverage, each with their own man or woman of science to explain things. Some were meteorologists, some were actually astronomers, and others just people who found it all very interesting. I was not in the path of totality, but as I flipped around the channels on the tv, it became clear that not all the broadcasts were the same. Some of the newscasters were very interested in it and it showed. Some were only covering it because their boss made them, and it showed too.
Later that day I came across this description of the movements of the sun by famed scientist Carl Sagan. A noted atheist, he was nonetheless very eloquent in his description of the cosmos.
Anyone who is a youth pastor for more than ten minutes knows how difficult it can be to run a student ministry. Summer camps, fundraisers, student drama, parents, sermon prep, students texting during your sermons—it’s hectic. And whether you are a youth pastor, Sunday school teacher, or volunteer parent, presenting the gospel and God’s Word in an understandable way can prove to be the most intimidating task of all. I still have much to learn (and have had my fair share of mistakes), but over the years, there are a few essentials I have learned for ministering the Word of God to students.
I want my kids to be good people. I want them to know right from wrong. I want them to stand up for the oppressed, the bullied, and the outcast. I want them to be influencers for good in the world. Doesn’t every parent want the same?
But as I teach my kids the Bible every night during dinner, I can’t help but see something troubling about who they will become. No matter what I do, how I shape them, what I say to them, they are on an inevitable path to becoming sinners who will fail to do that right thing and will enjoy doing the wrong thing. And I can’t do anything to stop it.
Recently I spoke with a woman who, with tear-filled eyes, shared about her recent miscarriage. She also expressed how shocked she’d been to find out that miscarriage is so common—that many women have miscarriages but few talk about them. Her account reminded me of my own experience with miscarriage and battle with fear and faith that followed.
A favorite from the archives:
But we Christians fudge on this pretty hard, if we’re being honest—especially when we’re trying to pick a Bible verse to share. Rather than quoting in context, we often just go with something that feels good. But we don’t (usually) check to make sure that what we’re saying actually makes sense—or might actually be good on its own. Here are ten verses, for example, that would probably be terrible to share on their own.