Who is the Central Focus of the Bible?

  Someone asked, "Is the birth of Mary mentioned in the Bible?"

  No, it is not. But the reason why Mary or anyone else doesn't have a bigger part in the Bible is because it was crystal clear Who the focus of all Scripture was:

  The Coming Messiah, Jesus.

  What on earth could have been more important than to announce to all mankind that GOD was coming to earth to dwell among men and then to die for our sins? 

  That is why God sent the angel to tell Mary that the Child was going to be:

  "... Emmanuel, God with us." Matthew 1:23

  That is why God sent John the Baptist to begin to preach repentance, because the Lord spoken of in Malachi 3 was coming to earth to enter into His Temple. 

  That is why Jesus Himself pointed to the Scriptures as talking about HIM (caps mine):

  John 5:39 "You pore over the Scriptures because you think you have eternal life in them, yet they testify about ME."

  John 14:1 “... Believe in God; believe also in ME."

  Luke 24:27 "Then beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He interpreted for them the things concerning HIMSELF in all the Scriptures."

  Luke 24:44 "Then He told them, “These are MY words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about ME in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms must be fulfilled.”

  1 Peter 1

  10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that would come to you searched and carefully investigated. 

  11 They inquired into what time or what circumstances the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating when He testified in advance to the messianic sufferings and the glories that would follow. 

  12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you. These things have now been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Angels desire to look into these things.

  Jesus was unashamed to speak about Himself because HE and He alone is the focus of the Bible.

  We found this list of references in an article online:

  Christ’s Self-focus 

  “Follow Me” 19x Matthew 4:19; 8:22; 10:38; 16:24; 19:21; Mark  1:17; 2:14; 8:34; 10:21; Luke 5:27; 9:59; 18:22; John 1:43; 8:12; 10:27; 12:26; 13:36; 21:19, 22

  Pray and act “in My name” 18x Matthew. 7:22; 18:5; 18:20; [24:5]; Mark 9:37, 39, 41; [13:6]; Luke 9:48; [21:8]; 24:47; John  14:13-14; 15:16; 16:23-24, 26; Acts 9:15

  “the Holy Spirit” comes “in My name” John 14:26

  “for My name’s sake” leave family and property Matthew 19:29; or even be killed 5x Matthew 24:9; [Luke 21:12, 17;] John 15:21; Acts 9:16

  Believe in the “name of the… Son” and “in the Son” 3x John 3:18, 36; 9:35 and “in Him [Jesus]” 4x John 3:18; 6:29, 40; 8:31

  “believe in Me” 14x Matthew 18:6; Mark 9:42; John 3:15-16, 18; 6:35, 47; 7:38; 11:25, 26; 12:44, 46; 14:1, 12; 16:8; 17:20

  You “are sanctified by faith in Me” Acts 26:18

  Live “in Me” John 11:26

  “come after Me” Mark 8:34; Luke 14:27

  Abide “in Me” John 15:2, 4:5, 7 “abide in Me” or else John 15:6 “abide in My love” John 15:9-10

  “where two or three are gathered,” Jesus is “there in the midst of them” Matthew 18:20

  So too: “I [Jesus, will abide] in you” John 15:4-5

  “know that I am He” John 8:28 or “if you do not believe that I am He you will die in your sins” John 8:24

  Do things “for My sake” Matthew 10:22, 39; even lose your life “for My sake” 4x Matthew 16:25; Mark 8:35; 10:29; Luke 6:22

  “I never knew you, depart from Me” Matthew 7:23

  “I am willing; be cleansed” Matthew 8:3; Mark 1:41

  ”confess Me” Matthew 10:32; Luke 12:8

  Do not deny “Me” 7x Matthew 10:33; 26:34; Mark 14:30, 72; Luke  12:9; 22:34; John 13:38

  Do not be “ashamed of Me” Mark 8:38; Luke 9:26 nor "My words"

  “love Me” 5x John 14:15, 21, 23-24, 28

  Do not reject “Me” Luke 10:16; John 12:48

  “He who is not with Me is against Me” Luke 11:23

  Love Me “more than” your family members Matthew 10:37; [Luke 14:26]

  “I… have loved you” John 15:9, 12

  Be “worthy of Me” Matthew 10:37-38

  “Come to Me” 5x Mt. 11:28; Lk. 6:47; Jn. 5:40; 6:35; 7:37

  “I will give you rest” Mt. 11:28

  “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” Mt. 11:30

  I am “greater than the temple” “than Jonah” “than Solomon” Mt. 12:6, 41-42

  I am “Lord even of the Sabbath” Mt. 12:8; Mk. 2:28; Lk. 6:5 [Lord of God's Ten Commandments]

  Thus He says keep “My commandments” 4x Jn. 14:15, 21; 15:10, 12

  “You are My friends if you do whatever I command you” Jn. 15:14

  “keep My word” Jn. 14:23-24

  “He who is not with Me is against Me” Mt. 12:30

  The angels are “His angels” Mt. 13:41; 16:27 and He commands “His angels” Mt. 24:31; Mk. 13:27

  The kingdom is “His kingdom” Mt. 13:41 and He calls it “My kingdom” Lk. 22:30

  Jesus called it “My church” Mt. 16:18 and believers are “My sheep” Jn. 10:14, 27 and they are “His elect” Mt. 24:31; Mk. 13:27

  Paul is a “vessel of Mine to bear My name” Acts 9:15

  “all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine” Jn. 17:10

  “My peace I give” Jn. 14:27 

  ”in Me you may have peace” Jn. 16:33

  “My joy” should fill you Jn. 15:11

  “Who do men say that I am-” Mt. 16:13; Mk. 8:27 

  “who do you say that I am?” Mt. 16:15

  Receive “Me” Mt. 18:5; Mk. 9:37; Lk. 9:48

  “My words” will never pass away Mt. 24:35; Mk. 13:31; Lk. 21:33

  Tell others about Jesus Mk. 5:19

  “you belong to Christ” Mk. 9:41

  Hear “My sayings” and do them Lk. 6:47

  Jesus has “His own glory” Lk. 9:26; [Jn. 2:11; 16:14] 

  The Son is “glorified” 8x Jn. 11:4; 12:23; 13:31-32; [17:1, 5, 10 24]

  “He who hears you hears Me” Lk. 10:16

  Jesus expects praise, from stones if necessary 1x Lk. 19:37-40

  Return “to Me” Lk. 22:32

  Be “My disciple” Lk. 14:27; Jn. 8:31; 15:8 

  Forsake all to “be My disciple” Lk. 14:33 

  ”you are My disciples” Jn. 13:35

  “I shall send… the [Holy] Spirit” Jn. 15:26; 16:7

  The Holy Spirit “will testify of Me” Jn. 15:26

  We read in John 5 and Luke 24 that “the Scriptures… testify of Me” Jn. 5:39; [Lk. 24:44]

  “You [Apostles] also will bear witness [of Me] because you have been with Me” John 15:27

  Paul gives “testimony concerning Me” Acts 22:18; 23:11

  “the Son gives life to whom He will” John 5:21

  “seek Me” John 6:26

  Serve “Me” John 12:26

  “all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father” John  5:23

  “I am the bread of life,” “of heaven,” “of God” John 6: 32-33, 35, 41, [48,] 51

  Just seeing Christ is reason enough to "believe [Jn. 6:36] him” John  6:56

  Drink “My blood” and eat “My flesh” John 6:53-54, 56

  “I will raise him up at the last day” John 6:40 for He is the resurrection.

  “The world… hates Me” John 7:7

  “I am the light of the world” John 8:12; 9:5; 12:46

  “I bear witness of Myself” 1x John 8:13-14, 18

  “know… Jesus Christ” for “eternal life” John 17:3; [8:19; 10:10, 14]

  “the Son makes you free” John 8:36

  “Abraham rejoiced to see My day” John 8:56 

  “Before Abraham was, I AM” John 8:58

  Of believers, Christ said, “I know them” John 10:27

  “I give them eternal life” John 10:28

  “I am the resurrection and the life” John 11:25

  I “will draw all peoples to Myself” John 12:32

  “I will… receive you to Myself” John 14:3

  Be “Mine” John 14:24

  “I am the vine” John 15:5

  “without Me you can do nothing” John 15:5

  “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you” John 15:16

  Those who oppress Christians are “persecuting Me” Acts 9:4-5; 22:7-8; 26:14-15

  “because they have not known… Me” John 16:3

  The Spirit “will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it” John 16:14

  “All things that the Father has are Mine” John 16:15

  “the Father… loves you, because you have loved Me” John 16:27

  “If I will that he remain” John 21:22

  “I have overcome the world” John 16:33

  “I am the way” John 14:6

  “I am… the truth” John 14:6

  “I am… the life” John 14:6

  “I will… manifest Myself” John 14:21

  If God Almighty decided to focus on Jesus this much in the Bible, don't you think He had a reason for it?

  I think anyone that important needs to be given equal importance in our lives. 

  Can you say, "Amen?"




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