April 24, 2017/Reading with the Light On

 

Christians have always been put a bit on the defensive when they try to share the gospel. For some reason, people would rather believe in vampires, outer space aliens, government conspiracy theories, and even the devil, rather than believe that the Son of God was born, walked this earth, and died as a sin offering for you and me.

It would be amusing were it not so sad.

Part of their reasoning, in my opinion, is that humans are fashioned around a ‘quid pro quo‘ type of behavior–they have been conned to believe in the attitude that you never get something for nothing. That is a normal reaction as we have learned that from our experience in the world.

Getting your head around the idea that Jesus Christ loved you so much that He came to die for you is difficult for us to understand….especially for those who have had no background in Scripture. It’s like trying to pick up a book and understand it when you are missing the beginning pages.

The Bible is a book, yet many don’t read it that way…which is why they miss out on understanding it.

One of the best experiences you can have is to sit and read the Bible as if it was a biography (which it is in a way). Begin at the beginning and read. You don’t need someone else to explain it. Simply read it and allow yourself to hear God speak to you.

Reading the Bible by yourself can be an illuminating experience. While most of us give up around the book of Numbers, it pays to keep going and remember that once you are past the ‘begats’ (which were little more than keeping track of your family history back in those days) your reading will get easier.

Here is an example from one of the latter chapters in the Bible but it may urge you to dive in at Genesis…

1 John 1: 1-5-That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

God is light.

Genesis 1: 1-In the beginning, God created heaven and earth.

John wants all to know that He had seen God.

The God of light who created the foundations of the world had lowered Himself to combine with man so as to put in His plan for salvation to return us to what we had been created for– to be in communion with Him.  The Messiah that had been prophesied in the Old Testament; the One who had been foretold since the beginning has arrived. John and his fellow disciples  had listened, walked, learned, and loved Jesus. They had ‘handled’ Him after his crucifixion and resurrection. Jesus’ life had impacted them so greatly that they were full of joy. John is eager to tell everyone that he and the others have found a light so great, that they are willing to follow the teachings of Christ to the grave if need be.

If you aren’t in the habit of reading the Bible, try it. Read it knowing that as you do so, the light God) will help you understand it….

 

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