First, we know that the Bible is the one book that is going to last forever. Peter quoted Isaiah 40:8 when he said:
” …All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever…” (1 Peter 1:24-25)
God’s Word, the Bible, is going to be a vital part of Heaven forever and ever. It is not intended to bless us only in this life. It will remain with us for eternity. “…the word of the Lord remains forever…”
Second, I believe that part of the overwhelming joy of Heaven will be listening to Jesus explain the Scriptures so that the “light bulb” continually goes on bringing with it the joy of the experience!
With our limited abilities to understand and our sinful propensities that blind our eyes, we cannot fully understand God’s Word this side of Heaven. It seems to me that there is coming a time when God will open up our understanding and show us just how incredible His Word really is.
Let me take you to a story in Scripture that shows how wonderful it is when Jesus explains the Bible to some folks who were eager to understand it. It’s found in Luke 24:13-35. For the purposes of this post, I won’t go into all of the details of this story. Let me summarize it and then provide a few verses.
On the day of Jesus’ resurrection (Sunday – Luke 24:13), more than likely late in the afternoon, two of Jesus’ disciples were walking back to their home in the city of Emmaus. As they walked, Jesus caught up to them (Luke 24:13-15). However, they didn’t recognize Him at the time. They knew that Jesus had been crucified and there was rumor that the tomb was empty. They couldn’t imagine that Jesus was alive much less talking with them at that moment.
As Jesus conversed with them, He began by asking what they were talking about (Luke 24:17). They expressed their amazement that He was apparently the only one in Jerusalem that had not heard what had happened to Jesus over the previous three days (Luke 24:18).
Still unrecognized by them, Jesus reprimanded them for not understanding the Scriptures. Then, listen to Luke 24:27 – “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.”
Did you get that? Jesus began to explain the Scriptures. He may have started with Genesis 3:15 as the first reference to the Messiah and that it pointed to the fact that He would be harmed. He may have explained how the offerings of lambs as a sacrifice for sin was a foreshadow of how Jesus, the Lamb of God, would be the ultimate and final sacrifice for sin. He may have pointed out that just as Moses (representing the Law) could not save the people, Joshua (meaning “God saves”) took the people into the Promised Land. (And by the way, Jesus is the Greek version of the Hebrew name Joshua.) He may have pointed to Psalm 22 and shown how that what took place on the cross was sometimes word-for-word from that Psalm. Etc., etc., etc.,
We don’t know exactly what Jesus said or how long He took to say it. But what we DO know is that as He was explaining the Scriptures, the “light bulb” was going on in those disciples’ minds. They LOVED listening to Jesus explain the Word of God. How do I know? Listen to this …
When they arrived at their home, Jesus remained long enough to sit down to eat. As He broke the break, their eyes were opened and they knew it was Jesus and He disappeared from their sight (Luke 24:30-31). After that happened, listen to what they said to each other about hearing Jesus explain God’s Word…
Luke 24:32 – “They said to each other, ‘Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?”
Their hearts burned within them! What do you suppose they meant by that? It sounds pretty cool to me! Their minds weren’t simply absorbing information. Their bodies were actually enjoying the experience. They wanted Him to keep talking. That’s why that asked Him to stay for dinner (Luke 24:28-29).
Do you suppose that there will be times on the New Earth (Revelation 21-22) when we’ll sit down before the throne as Jesus explains yet more of the incredible mysteries of Scripture? Do you suppose that our minds and bodies will absolutely enjoy the experience of having the “light bulb” go on as we say, “NOW, I understand!”? Do you suppose that when He acts as if He’s about to finish, we plead with Him to keep telling us more?
I suspect so!