Welcome to The Bible: So Much to Confuse and So Little to Understand — Wait a Minute. Strike That. Reverse It. — See the Big Picture to Increase Understanding and Reverse Confusion
Welcome to the Bible Tour — And Willy Wonka
I’m starting the New Year with a Bible Tour blog series: The Welcome to the Bible series. And naturally, I’m introducing the series with Willy Wonka.
Ok, maybe not so naturally. In fact, this may be the first article you’ve ever read about the Bible and Willy Wonka.
In case you’re not familiar with Willy Wonka, he’s a crazy character in a book and two movies, which tell about his bizarre search for a new owner of his chocolate factory. He gives out golden tickets to lucky winners to tour his factory where they meet Oompa Loompas, geese that lay golden eggs, and other oddities.
Fans of the original Willy Wonka movie may recognize this Wonka line that inspired today’s title:
Willy Wonka: We have so much time and so little to see. Wait a minute. Strike that. Reverse it. Thank you.
The Bible can often make us feel like we’re on a Willy Wonka tour — overwhelmed and confused.
A burning bush? A talking donkey? A crucified Savior? (How can a dead Savior save?)
The book of Revelation alone will leave you wide-eyed and scratching your head.
It can be confusing and surreal. Until we see the Big Picture.
The Big Picture reverses our confusion, turns it into clarity, and leaves us amazed at God and His unfathomable ways.
What’s the Big Picture?
The Big Picture is both a Who and a what.
God reveals the Big Picture throughout the Bible, but most famously in John 3:16:
For God so loved the world,
that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him
shall not perish, but have eternal life.
The Big Picture is that God created man so we may come to know and enjoy Him forever, which was only made possible through the death and life of His Son Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.
In short, the Big Picture is Jesus Christ, who is our salvation.
From first to last, it’s all about Christ.
The Red Thread
I often refer to the Big Picture as The Red Thread.
The Red Thread of Jesus runs through the entire Bible from the first book — Genesis — to the last — Revelation.
It reveals God’s mysterious plan to restore man to Himself through Jesus.
How we’re able to know Jesus personally and receive His salvation is the heart of the Bible and will be an important part of our tour.
Join the Tour
We’ll get started on our tour in the next post by looking at some Bible basics and how the Big Picture drives these basics.
By the end of our tour, my hope is that you’ll feel confident in being able to approach the Bible with more understanding. And I pray you’ll know Jesus Christ.
You have made us for Yourself and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee.
~ St. Augustine
From our first cry to our final breath, Jesus is our greatest longing. He’s everything we’ve always wanted.
Willy Wonka: But Charlie, don’t forget what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he always wanted.
Charlie: What happened?
Willy Wonka: He lived happily ever after.