Remember the days when you could find a prize in your cereal box? I do; in fact, one prize I remember in particular was a pair of 3D glasses. Flimsy? Yes. Sugar coated? Perhaps. Awesomely cool? To my 8 year old frame, absolutely! What was the idea of behind the prizes? Well, the idea was that you’d buy and eat the box of cereal in order to get the prize. Really it was a clever marketing tool, actually started by Kellogg’s Corn Flakes in 1909 (the year after the Cubbies won the world series!). Sorry folks just had to put that in there. J Now, it wasn’t right to just pour out all the cereal to get the prize was it? No! You’d miss out on all the yummy deliciousness on the way to the prize!
Jesus, He’s kind of like the prize in the cereal box, isn’t He? He’s the prize of God, the culmination of God’s redemptive plan revealed to us all in Scripture. Yet, I think we’re missing out on something in our relationship with Him. I’m afraid we’ve dumped out all of the yummy deliciousness on the way to the prize. His Word, Beloved, holds treasures yet discovered by us personally.
What, don’t believe me? Watch what Jesus says in Luke 24:27 “Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.” Read that slowly. Take it in. Jesus is saying to these men on the road to Emmaus that The Old Testament is all about Him! I can only begin to fathom all the glorious treasures there are about the Lord Jesus Christ that we have yet to discover! And not only in the Old Testament, but also in the new, remember, the Holy Spirit’s role is to reveal Christ to us, and God does that through the Word penned to us by the Holy Spirit (John 16:13-15, 2 Pet. 1:20-21). I’m asking God to open our eyes to the treasure and mystery of His Word, so we might know His Son in depth and insight like never before. Beloved, feast on the Word, don’t discard it because you’ve got the prize, but dig in and discover all the glorious riches God has for you in His Son—the love, the Truth, the freedom!