November 18, 2012
Is the whole Bible really about Jesus? Jesus certainly thought so (see Luke 24:44). But you wouldn't know it by listening to most bible preachers and teachers. As a teacher, I know that it's not always readily apparent how each passage relates to the gospel of Jesus Christ (Proverbs, anyone?). There's always the temptation to just tack the gospel on at the end of a lesson or, even worse, leave it out entirely. But if the whole Bible really is about Jesus (and I believe it is), then we don't have the option of setting him aside so we can talk about the history of the Ancient Near East or the customs of the Greco-Roman world. Those things have their place, but that place is not at the center. Because that's where Christ belongs—right at the center of all our preaching and teaching. In order to combat this tendency to read and teach the Bible as if it's not all about Christ, I have to constantly emphasize (for my own benefit as well as that of others) that the Bible is a unity. It is a unified book that tells one story from beginning to end—the story of Jesus Christ. Consequently, I'm always looking for resources that will help me to understand and proclaim the Christocentric nature of the Scriptures (the Old Testament in particular). So I was excited when I stumbled across this. It's an upcoming expositional commentary series that will help ensure that the gospel stays right where it should be—front and center. The series is being edited by David Platt, Tony Merida, and Danny Akin, and the first volume (featuring contributions from all three of them) will be out in the spring. The list of contributors is a veritable who's who of great preachers, including Darrin Patrick, Al Mohler, Tullian Tchividjian, Matt Chandler, and J. D. Greear (just to name a few of the more well-known). I'm especially looking forward to Russ Moore's two volumes on Genesis.
Here's the link.