The One Question That Transforms Your Bible Study

Studying the Bible is about asking the right questions.

To whom was the gospel of John written? How was this Old Testament prophecy fulfilled in the New Testament? What principles did Paul give for relationships?

When we ask the right questions, we can gain so much knowledge and wisdom from the Bible. However, we sometimes neglect to ask one key question. This question is simple yet highly significant. What is the one question that transforms your Bible study?

“How can I see Jesus in this passage?”

This question calls us to seek Him in the Bible. 

It calls us to step beyond mere information-gathering. 

It calls us to consider how the Bible reveals Jesus’ character and glory.

How can we see Jesus in the Scriptures? 

Here are three specific ways to seek Him in our daily Bible study.

1) Look for Jesus’ words.

If we study what Jesus said, we can better understand His heart. His words sprang from His love for God and His love for others. Jesus said in John 12:50b, “…whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.” His words always pleased His Father. He always spoke truth—sometimes in rebuke, and sometimes in infinite gentleness. As the Son of God, Jesus spoke with authority and power. If we study His words, we can better understand both His mind and heart. 

2) Consider Jesus’ attitudes and emotions.

With Mary and Martha, He wept over Lazarus’ death (John 11:35). In the temple, He rebuked the money-changers with righteous anger (Matthew 21:13). Jesus was moved with compassion for the crowds who desperately needed a shepherd (Matthew 9:36). 

On the cross, Jesus demonstrated an attitude of humility and submission to the Father’s will. He cried out, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do…” (Luke 23:34) In His darkest hour, Jesus had an attitude of forgiveness and grace. 

After His resurrection, Jesus showed great love and kindness to His discouraged disciples. Calling them to a lakeside breakfast, He nourished both their bodies and their hearts. Jesus gave Peter fresh hope and a new assignment in His kingdom. (John 21)

As the Son of Man, Jesus was transparent about His emotions. Despite the trials He faced, He always chose to have a godly attitude. Jesus was not ruled by His emotions. Rather, He obeyed the Father even when He probably didn’t “feel like it.” If we consider His example, we can do likewise.

3) Study Jesus’ actions.

Jesus’ actions were always wise and well-chosen. Like David, He “behaved himself wisely in a perfect way.” (Psalm 101:2) As a youth, He obeyed His parents. As a travelling rabbi, Jesus preached the kingdom of God. He healed the sick, raised the dead, and forgave sins. 

Jesus modelled true servant-leadership. He was willing to do humble tasks and everyday labour. Lovingly, Jesus washed His disciples’ feet and gave us an example to imitate. If we study Jesus’ actions, we can learn practical principles to help us live the Christian life.

As we study the Bible, we should always ask the question, “How can I see Jesus in this passage?” By doing so, we will not only know Him in a deeper way. We will also be transformed into His glorious image. “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 3:18)
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Will you seek to know Jesus through your Bible study? Learn more about God each week by worshipping with the friendly church family of Northside Baptist Church – Sundays at 11:00 am. 

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