Who are we?
We human beings are the crown of God’s creation. God made mankind in His image with the unique ability to think spiritually and morally and to judge motives, thoughts and actions accordingly. We were endowed with God-like creativity and logic, so that we, as His special representatives, could exercise dominion over the earth and all other creatures. At the same time, we were to always joyfully acknowledge our complete dependence on God and His loving dominion over us. And that’s where things went wrong.
The world’s first man and woman fell to the temptation of questioning God’s love and wanting ultimate dominion over themselves. As God had warned, it marred His image in them and plunged them and the world into a death spiral. Ever since, every person is born without a true understanding of God, and without a desire to treasure Him as God over their own life. This is what the Bible calls sin. Because God is just, He must punish it. And yet, because He is gracious and merciful, God punished Himself in the person of Jesus, so that all people might be set free from death and be reunited with Him as their loving Lord.
As much as we humans enjoy thinking and living as though reality revolves around us, it does not. It revolves around Jesus. And He is not someone that any of us can take for granted; nor should we want to.
And there’s a difference between focusing on teachings of the Bible and focusing on the person of Jesus. Listen to what Jesus said to some very religious people:
“You study the Scriptures [the Bible] diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about Me, yet you refuse to come to Me to have life.” (John 5:39-40)
Life is in Jesus Himself.