If you have ever been in Sunday School whether as a teacher or a student, you have heard the most common answer to any question asked in class. The most common answer to any question about the Bible is, “Jesus!” Most of us laugh at this, but what if it’s true?
When I was in Seminary there was a class where the question came up, “What is the central theme of the Bible?” It seems to be a pretty straightforward question. However, we spent a lot of time looking at various scholarly articles and books on the subject. Was it redemption? Is it an instruction book? Is it about God’s Kingdom? What is the one unifying factor for the entire book? This took a long time to review and in the end there really was no definitive answer. Of course if we had a five-year old in the class I suppose he would have yelled out, “Jesus!” Again laughter would have inevitably ensued.
However, the more I think about it the five-year old may be right. The one unifying factor in the Bible is the Messiah whom we call Jesus. Some people call him Yeshua, or Yahoshua, or some other derivative, but if we were to translate His name into English we would call Him Salvation. And when it comes down to it isn’t that what the Bible is all about? If that is the case then the answer to every question about the Bible would inevitably lead to Salvation. Salvation is the key. He can be found on every page in the book. He is the central theme of every book. Admittedly, it is not a theme that is apparent at first glance, but upon deeper reflection you would be able to find the connection to Salvation.
So the trick is not knowing the answer, but knowing how the answer connects to the material. So the next time you find yourself in a classroom with a bunch of little ones who can only answer, “Jesus!” to every question, you can look at them and say, “Yes! But how?”