Don’t quote me out of context! We all know that a statement can be taken out of context and be used to mean something completely different than what was originally intended!
A famous example is quoting Matthew 27:5 in which Judas went and hanged himself and then attaching another verse out-of-context from Luke 10:37 from the Good Samaritan story of helping one’s neighbor “to go and do likewise.”
The context of all history, the universe, creation, and Scripture is Jesus. Wow, that’s hard for my little mind to step back and take in that big of a picture. In other words, Jesus puts everything in context.
When Jesus spoke to experts in the law, prophets, and Old Testament writings, he said,
You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me! Yet you refuse to come to me to receive this life.
John 5:39-40 NLT
The Scriptures point to Jesus! How awesome is that! Everything written in the Old Testament points forward to Jesus. All prophecy of the future points back to Jesus. All that God has been “up to” is summed up in Jesus. Real life, abundant life, and eternal life, are found not in writings, but in the person of Jesus!
As much as I love the written word of God found in the Bible, the source of eternal life is found in the Word become flesh, Jesus Christ.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega – the beginning and the end,” says the Lord God. “I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come – the Almighty One.”
Revelation 1:8 NLT
So when Jesus tells us, “Follow Me,” we are to follow a real, living person who has always existed, is always with us now, and will always be Lord in the future!
Does my brief life on earth really have context? My life of 60, 70, 80, or 90 years is just a tiny speck on the radar screen of eternity. But following Jesus gives that “blip on a screen” context! HE gives meaning to life. HE puts the bookends on the book of my life!
That means my life is no longer insignificant! Following the eternal Jesus gives full meaning to life!
Our Father, thank-you! Fill us today with an awesome awareness of the context of our lives as we follow Jesus.