HE is our prize.
Yes, the Bible is very important.
The greatest book ever written.
I think we again ought to be aware and reminded of its purpose:
to show us Jesus.
Draw us closer to Him.
To know Him.
To remind us who we are.
To bring us into relationship with Him.
To ultimately grow the family of The Lord.
Let us be careful not to worship this book.
Let us be careful not to worship the Bible.
It is a tool.
A way for us to know Him.
And there are other ways we can know Him too.
We get to know Him through people.
Through other books.
Through just being with Him and talking with Him.
And please hear me...I take the Bible very seriously.
I scour it's pages and am hungry to read it.
Other books are great but this book is like no other.
I take life's situations and thoughts and ideas and run back to scripture.
And yet-- I don't think it's about the book.
I don't think all this is about the Bible.
We don't worship the book.
We don't worship the Bible.
We worship the One whom the book reveals-- Jesus.
When we read, may we search for Him.
May we read to find Him.
And may we find Him.
And may we become like Him.
Every literal part, every symbol;
EVERYthing is there to show us the Son.
As the pastor was saying-- it is good to have the scriptures in us. Let me present that from a different angle. May we have spent such valuable time in the scriptures getting to know Jesus, that He is so apart of who we are, SO in us. The goal is not scripture in you. The goal is Jesus in you. And the scriptures contain Him.
The world is hungry for Him. And when we spend time with Him, and when we become like Him --the world then gets to taste and see that He is good. They will taste and see the Jesus in us. The Father in us.
And Jesus, Father-- is SO good.
Yes, please read the Bible.
Look for Jesus there.
He is our prize.