October 08, 2017

Solus Christus: Christ Alone

Luke 24:36-49

Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.

—  Luke 24:44

From the Reformers’ commitment to Scripture alone flowed another core teaching: Christ alone.

In an age when the church hindered the people in the pews from reading and understanding the clear teaching of Scripture, Martin Luther wrote that “Jesus is the center and the circumference of the Bible.” Today many of our children announce this truth before they can even read, when they sing, “Jesus loves me! This I know, for the Bible tells me so.”

In our Scripture for today, Jesus says something similar. In effect, he says, “I am the meaning of the Scriptures.”

What does the Bible tell us about Christ alone? Embedded in this teaching are four key ideas: (1) We need a savior. (2) Jesus was perfectly obedient and sinless. (3) He made a sacrifice to pay for our sin and rebellion against God. (4) Only through Jesus can we be made right with God.

And it’s not just our Scripture for today that points to Christ alone. From start to finish—from Genesis 1:1 through Revelation 22:21—all of the Scriptures point to Jesus. He is the main message of God’s Word.

As you go through your day, keep these words in mind: “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be in you, above you, beneath you, beside you.” And then live abundantly in the truth of Christ alone.

As you are the central focus of the Bible, Lord Jesus, may you also be the center and circumference of my life, today and every day. Amen.

About the author — Kurt Selles

Kurt Selles is the director of ReFrame Ministries and serves as the Executive Editor of Today. He is a graduate of Calvin College and Seminary, and received his PhD from Vanderbilt University. Before coming to ReFrame, he served 19 years in Taiwan and China with CRC World Missions. Kurt later taught missions at Beeson Divinity School, where he also acted as the director of the school’s Global Center. Kurt and his wife, Vicki, reside in Grand Rapids and have three adult children.

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