Christ Versus Scripture?

Let me call your attention to the fact that when Jesus had risen from the dead, He was just as tender of Scripture as He was before His decease. I have dwelt for two Sunday mornings* upon the wonderful way in which our Lord always magnified the Scriptures. And here, as if to crown all, He told them that, “all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses, and in the Prophets, and in the Psalms concerning Me. And He opened their understanding that they might understand the Scriptures and said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead.” Find Jesus where you may, He is the antagonist of those who would lessen the authority of Holy Scripture!

“It is written” is His weapon against Satan, His argument against wicked men! The learned at this hour scoff at the Book and accuse of Bibliolatry those of us who reverence the Divine Word! But in this they derive no assistance from the teaching or example of Jesus. Not a word derogatory of Scripture ever fell from the lips of Jesus Christ—He always manifested the most reverent regard for every jot and tittle of the Inspired Volume. Since our Savior, not only before His death, but after it, took care, thus, to commend the Scriptures to us, let us avoid with all our hearts all teaching in which Holy Scripture is put into the background! Still the Bible and the Bible, alone, should be and shall be the religion of Protestants—and we will not budge an inch from that standpoint, God helping us!

 – C. H. Spurgeon (on Luke 24:44)
“The First Appearance of the Risen Lord to The Eleven”

*Sermons #1955—”Jesus Declining the Legions” and #1956—”On the Cross After Death”

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