See Jesus in the Word and experience the resurrection life of God in your areas of weakness and barrenness. Join Joseph Prince in this three-part series and understand what it means to seek and see Jesus in the Word. Experience for yourself how this practice leads to greater intimacy with Jesus, divine healing and abundant life.
God’s Word Imparts Life
Little Gabriel sat quietly on the sofa. His father, one of my faithful leaders, had brought him over to my place for a birthday celebration for one of the kids. But instead of running around expending rambunctious, youthful energy, or frantically pushing buttons on the latest gaming gizmo with the rest of the children, I saw the bright-eyed boy reading a book intently in a quiet corner.
A little curious, I went over to him to see what book he was reading. To my surprise, he was reading the Bible! What a precious sight it was to me. It touched my heart to see this six-year-old boy showing a desire for God’s Word. But when I bent down and looked closer, I realized that he was reading the Introduction and Preface—the very first few pages of his Bible!
I couldn’t help but smile wide and love the boy. I knew that in Gabriel’s sincere desire to read the Bible, he didn’t want to miss anything. Every word of God was precious to him, and in his young mind, it included the words in the Introduction and Preface. He simply wanted to read his Bible from cover to cover—literally! This precious child was headed in the right direction, but he certainly could do with some guidance, I thought to myself. The last thing I wanted was for him to get bored, confused or stuck in the Introduction and Preface, and say, “Pastor Prince, the Bible’s boring!”
So I said to the lad, “Hey, Gabriel, you’re reading the Bible. That’s wonderful! Are you enjoying it? You know where I like to start? I like to start with the Gospels. You can read about Jesus our hero and all the amazing things He did.” I brought him to the Gospels and saw that he was all the more excited!
God’s Word Supplies Life
You know, many of us aren’t very different from little Gabriel. Many of us have a desire to read the Word, but we’re not sure how to go about it. My friend, I encourage you to take the advice I offered Gabriel: When you open your Bible, zoom in straight on Jesus. Home in right on our beautiful Savior. Then, you will experience life when you read God’s Word.
God is in the business of supplying life to every area of your life.
When you come to God’s Word desiring to see Jesus and you find Him and behold Him in the Word, something special happens to you. Life is supernaturally imparted to you. You see, God is in the business of supplying life to every area of your life. In the Book of Proverbs, it says that God’s words “are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh” (Proverbs 4:22). This means that if you are tired, reading God’s Word will recharge and energize you. If you are depressed, it will pull you out of the darkness of depression, set your mind free, and bring peace and joy. And if you are sick, it will bring a flood of healing and divine health to your body!
In fact, receiving God’s life includes experiencing revival and resurrection in barren or dead areas of your life. God’s life is what you need when you see signs of death in your circumstances. Is your marriage failing? Have your dreams been crushed or put on the back burner? Have your finances dissolved into a sea of debts? Beloved, if there’s death operating in any area of your life, don’t despair and don’t lose hope! Don’t struggle, strive and scheme to make things happen. Cast your cares to the Lord for He cares for you, and just spend time in God’s Word to receive His supply of life. His resurrection life will put that spark back into your marriage, turning plain water into intoxicating wine! It will breathe life into your dead dreams or birth new ones in your heart. It will cause a “multiplication of loaves” in your finances so that you will have more than enough for you and your family!
The Bible Is All About Jesus
There will be an impartation of God’s kind of health and life to every area of your life. And it comes not just by simply reading the Word superficially, but by seeing Jesus in the Word. You may ask, “Well, Pastor Prince, all that sounds really cool, but what does it mean to see Jesus in the Word? How do I do that so that I can receive God’s supply of life?”
Those are good and fair questions, my friend. Let me start by explaining that contrary to popular opinion, the Bible is not a book of rules for right living. No, the Bible is all about Jesus. Practically every page speaks of Jesus, God’s Son, the object of His delight!
The Bible is all about Jesus and His loving sacrifice at Calvary.
Once, when my daughter, Jessica, was little, I asked her what she thought the Bible was all about. I will never forget her answer: “Daddy, it’s a book about Jesus with a red string in it.” By “red string” she meant the long piece of narrow red cloth that serves as a bookmark. But do you see God’s wisdom in her words? Talk about God speaking to you through your little ones! Simple yet profound. Yes, the Bible is all about Jesus, but more specifically, it is about His loving sacrifice at Calvary. The red string or “scarlet thread” represents the blood of Jesus and His death on the cross. His blood has cleansed us of every sin and His death has brought us abundant and everlasting life. From Genesis to Revelation, our Bible has one grand theme—our Lord Jesus and His perfect sacrifice.
So the Bible is not about us. It is all about Jesus and what He has done for us. Yet, when you find Him in the Word, you find yourself in Him for “as He is, so are we in this world” (1 John 4:17). You discover that as He is righteous, accepted, and favored before God, so are you. As He is full of health, wholeness, and life, so are you!
Beloved, I want to show you how when you see Jesus in the Word, you experience His life. Jesus said these amazing words, “…I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). He also said, “…The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63). In other words, you allow Jesus’ supply of life to flow in your life when you see or behold Him in the Word. This is precisely how you are transformed from glory to glory (2 Corinthians 3:18). As you keep beholding the Lord and His glory, you’ll be transformed—from sickness to health, from knowing only lack to experiencing abundance, and from having an unforgiving heart to having a joyful and loving heart.