First, behind every puzzle is a creator. The creator of the puzzle of the Bible is God. He is the Author. 2 Timothy 3:16, “All Scripture is breathed out by God.”
Second, behind every game of connect the dots is an image. The first step for the creator of the games is to select an image he wishes to display. God, the creator of the Bible, chose the image of His Son to be revealed. John 5:39, “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me.” And Luke 24:27, “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.”
Third, the creator selects a canvas and an instrument to write with. In the old days this was a piece of paper and a pen. Today it is a screen and keyboard. For God the canvas is space/time and the instrument is man.
Fourth, the Creator chooses a place to begin and places sequential points around the image, whereby the person doing the puzzle chronologically connects one point to the next, to the next, to the next, etc. With each connection, more of the image is revealed. The points used by God are the events, stories, prophecies, teachings and poems in the Bible. For example point one is Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God…” The Hebrew word for God is “elohim.” This is the plural form. Therefore right out of the gate we see the trinity of God revealed. Another point along the sequence is Genesis 3:15, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” This is a prophecy of Jesus, the “seed of Eve” coming to destroy (bruise the head) Satan (the serpent), but will do so through suffering (heal is struck).
These are just two examples of dots that upon connecting reveal the image of Christ. Others would include events such as Noah’s Ark (abiding in Christ to avoid the wrath of God), blessing to all families through Abraham (Jesus as a descendent of Abraham dying for the sins of the World), the Passover lamb (Jesus is the lamb of God who dies so that we may live), the tabernacle/temple (Jesus is God in the flesh that “tabernacles” i.e. dwells with us), High Priest (Jesus is the one mediator between God and man), Kings (Jesus is King), etc.
The list could go on and on. The dots in the story are numerous, and the more you connect the more you see Christ.
Now take a moment and think about this. The Bible is God breathed, but penned through the hands of men, approximately 40. Some of these men are Moses, Joshua, Samuel, David, Daniel, Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Matthew, Luke, Peter, Paul, etc. God used each of these men to place a dot or two or more. Each dot being inspired by God in the writer’s life and therefore the dots flow out chronologically. The placement of these dots took 1,500 years, yet they are all a part of the glorious revelation of the picture of Jesus, a picture that God paints on the canvas of space/time.
As I write this, I realize that some readers will be skeptics. Many people see the Bible as a fiction book put together by white men in a back room full of smoke; therefore they reject the need for Jesus. However, the Bible is not a fiction book written by one man, but it is a collection of historical documents. The writer and date of each document can be somewhat nailed down, and the uniformity of the dots is undeniable. The question is not whether the dots exist, for they obviously do, the question is whether you are willing to connect them?