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More On Bible Reading: “The Bible Eater: A Plan for Feasting on Christ in 2013″

by Derek Brown – Jan 4

Trent Hunter, writing at the Gospel Coalition:

Which would you rather do: spend an evening with Jesus Christ in person, or read the New Testament?

On the evening of his arrest, here’s how Jesus comforted his disciples: “It is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you” (John 16:7). He was talking about the Holy Spirit, who would lead them in all truth and, through them, give us our New Testament.

But what about the Old Testament? Would you rather have been a witness to the very death of Jesus, or read the Old Testament for an afternoon?

After witnessing his death, two of Jesus’ disciples were sad and bewildered as they traveled from Jerusalem to Emmaus, walking and discussing all that had happened. You know the story. Jesus showed up, “and beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself” (Luke 24:27). That had to be a thrill! After Jesus vanished, the disciples even said, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” (Luke 24:32).

Surely their hearts burned as they heard the voice of the risen Christ speaking with them in person. Or maybe not. At the time, they didn’t even know it was Jesus talking. Their hearts did not burn within them because they were with Jesus, but because they were finally seeing Jesus on the pages of the Old Testament Scriptures. Jesus’ interpretation of the Old Testament made the difference for these men between sadness at Christ’s death and what can only be described as a burning in the heart with joy for what God had done in accomplishing their salvation.

You can read the whole article here.