How To Read The Bible | All About Jesus
The Bible is a book that’s all about Jesus.
Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognizing him.
17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”
They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”
19 “What things?” he asked.
“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”
25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. 29 But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.
30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Hide a reminder of Jesus’ love for your kids in one of their coat pockets, lunch, or back pack. This could be a note that you wrote, a picture of something, a cross, or even a Bible verse.
Read Luke 15:1-7. The Bible’s all about Jesus; what’s Jesus all about?
As your kids get into the middle school phase, they might not be as interested in a silly game like Hide-n-Seek. But before dinner, figure out something that your kids would be interested in looking for (eg: a gift card, cash, a new video game) and hide it. Tell them that before they eat you want them to try to find it.
Read Genesis 3 and ask your kids if they can find the reference to Jesus. (hint: it’s 3:15).
While you’re driving somewhere, play the alphabet game. By looking at signs or license plates, you can have each family member on the hunt for letters of the alphabet. The trick is you have to find the letters in order. You can work together or have each person compete against one another.
From the Small Catechism
Why can we be confident that the bible is the authoritative and inerrant word of God?
“In the Gospel, the central message of the Bible, God promises us new life on the basis of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. God’s promises alone create faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself, whom we trust, declares that all Scriptures are God’s own words, completely dependable in all they teach, and without error.” – Explanation of the Small Catechism, p. 47
[Over the course of this series read the questions and answers in the Introduction to the Explanation section of Luther’s Small Catechism with Explanation]