For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer is worthy of his wages.” (1 Timothy 5:18)
Today’s big question: are Jesus’s words treated as Scripture?
I can’t begin to count how many times in my life I have heard people refer to Jesus’s words along with mentioning the red printing in the Bible. In fact, I can remember my own father getting so angry with these statements and always reminding me that Jesus is the Son of God and every word in the entirety of Scripture is His. We need no red letters.
Jesus (God incarnate) walked among us upon this earth and in His three short years of recorded ministry He taught, performed miracles, and made an impact on this world that shouts of His authenticity as Christ the Messiah. During His earthly ministry, Luke 10 records Jesus instructions to the disciples on the practicalities of evangelism. We are to do the Lord’s work and wherever received, to be worthy of the wage given. These words in Luke 10:7 are later repeated in today’s verse from 1 Timothy 5:18. Paul referred to what the Scriptures had to say about the matter and referenced both the words in Deuteronomy and the words of Christ in Luke 10.
While we can clearly see that the words of Jesus whether red or black are truly Scripture, we must take it further than this. In John 1:1, we read that in the beginning was the Word and further in the chapter, we read that the Word created all things, is light and life, and became flesh and dwelt among us. This clear reference to Jesus also references His very act of creation in the beginning. If we want to know the first words of Jesus Christ that are truly Scripture, the reference we are looking for is Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning . . . .”
Today’s big idea: Jesus is the God of the whole Bible because He is God.
What to pray: acknowledge Christ’s Word today as more than the red letters.