by Rick Warren — June 5, 2023
From 40 Days in the Word
“Beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, [Jesus] explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.”
Luke 24:27 (NIV)
Only God could have put the Bible together. The Bible contains 66 books written over 1,600 years by 40 authors—and it has one theme.
Having a single, unified theme is one of the reasons you can know that the Bible is God’s Word. From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible is all about God redeeming humanity. Jesus is its star.
The fact that the Bible has only one theme is nothing short of a miracle. It would be one thing if the Bible had been written by just one person. The Koran was written by one person, Mohammed. The Analects of Confucius were written by Confucius. The writings of Buddha were written by Buddha. Because they were written by one person, you’d expect them to be uniform.
The Bible, on the other hand, was written by 40 different people—of different ages and stages of life—on three continents. And they all wrote the same story: Jesus’ story. Prophets and poets, fishermen and kings, shepherds and scribes all had the same story. Some wrote in homes, others in prisons, and others on ships. You couldn’t have put together a more diverse group of authors.
Yet the story is the same.
Imagine I gave 50 people each a piece of paper, and I told them to tear their pieces of paper into different shapes—but I never said how I was going to use them. What’s the likelihood I’d be able to take those pieces of paper and make a map of the United States out of them? Those odds would be astronomically low. If I did that, most people would think it was a trick.
That’s the miracle of how the Bible was put together.
We tend to think that the New Testament is about Jesus and the Old Testament is about Israel. But that’s not true. The Bible says in Luke 24:27, “Beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, [Jesus] explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself” (NIV). When Jesus explained what the Scriptures said about him, those Scriptures were from the Old Testament. The New Testament wasn’t even written yet!
The Bible’s pictures, metaphors, analogies, and prophecies—from beginning to end—are about God’s plan to redeem people and build a family for eternity. It all began with Jesus. You can see him in every book.