Stained glass windows in churches are often very pretty. Sometimes, they picture a Biblical event (like the feeding of the 5,000 pictured above, John 6:1-14). Sometimes, they simply hold an interesting pattern. Additionally, they cast a pretty light upon the room.
Too often people look to the Scriptures like they are stained glass. They often tell a nice story. They are often inspiring to think about. Additionally, they can make one feel good. However, the Scriptures aren’t stained glass, they are clear glass. The purpose of the Scriptures is to look through them to the realities of God.
The Pharisees were in error because they considered the Scriptures to be stained glass. Jesus said, “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me” (John 5:39). In other words, the Pharisees were in error because they didn’t see through the Scriptures to the one to whom they spoke.
Let’s learn their lesson. The Scriptures are a clear glass that you should look through to see the true realities. Look through them to see Jesus. Don’t just look at them, thinking they are beautiful.