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Where’s Waldo?

Luke 24:25-27  “25 And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?”27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.”

Where’s Waldo?

Do you remember the “Where’s Waldo” books? The entire series was designed around the concept of searching for a white, Steve Urkel, in a red & white striped stocking cap and shirt, blue jeans, coke bottle glasses and a cane, even on the beach! Regardless of whether or not Waldo was climbing mountains, deep sea fishing, or at a restaurant, he was always wearing the same outfit.  You knew exactly who you were looking for and exactly what he would look like.  Every book, every theme, every scene, every page and every detail centered around finding the goofy looking guy in the ugly Christmas sweater. Underneath all the people, animals, objects, scenery and distractions was Waldo.  You were always looking for Waldo and Waldo was always somewhere to be found.

Interpreting the Scriptures

The same is true in the Bible, but instead of looking for Waldo you’re looking for Jesus. In this passage of Luke, Jesus has fulfilled his earthly ministry in obedience to the Father, (John 5:19, Hebrews 5:8) been crucified for the sins of the world (John 3:16, 1 John 2:2)  and now, having been raised from the dead (Luke 24:1-12), is spending a short, action-filled 40 days on earth as the resurrected Lord (Acts 1:3). He will soon ascend into heaven (Acts 1:1-11) to be seated at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:2, Mark 16:19)  to rule and reign as King of kings and Lord of lords until his second coming (Revelation 19:11-21).

Here Luke captures a snapshot of Jesus, in disguise, walking down the road with two of his disciples. They’re wondering about the meaning of the empty tomb and Jesus illustrates the answer for them by opening the Old Testament Scriptures (Genesis through Malachi).  Jesus starts from the very beginning (Moses) and works his way through to the end (the Prophets). He explains in detail how the entire Bible is about Jesus: the promise of his coming, his law fulfilling life, his atoning death, and his Satan-defeating, sin-destroying, hell-releasing, and death-conquering resurrection as Lord, God, King and Christ.

Where’s Jesus?

Jesus is essentially illustrating for us that the Bible is his version of “Where’s Waldo”. Reading the Bible is like searching for Waldo, but instead of looking for the goofy guy in the ugly Christmas sweater, you’re looking for Jesus, the crucified Savior and resurrected Lord. Regardless of whether or not you’re reading the Law, the History books or the Prophets Jesus is always to be found.  Every book, chapter, verse and word is about Jesus.  Underneath all the stories, examples, and commands are clear pictures of Jesus as the One who would live the life we could not live, die the death we should have died and rise from the dead to be worshiped and obeyed as Lord, God, King and Christ. The key to reading any passage of the Bible is to always be looking for Jesus, because Jesus is always to be found.

Question: How does seeing Jesus in every verse help you in your Bible reading?  You can leave your comments here.

*Note: For a must read post on Jesus in the Old Testament click here.

For further study of Jesus in the Bible check out Mark Driscoll’s books: A Book You’ll Actually Read on the Old Testament and A Book You’ll Actually Read on the New Testament.

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