I love our Bible.
I love the accounts it gives of ordinary people experiencing God. I am encouraged when I read about people serving God faithfully and humbly. I am also encouraged by the many accounts of people making mistakes and getting things wrong. I am comforted by the knowledge that, just like me, every human being who ever served God made mistakes and got things wrong, including those specially chosen by God, such as his prophets and Jesus’ disciples.
I love the way God speaks to me through our Bible. It’s not the only way he speaks to me, but God most definitely does speak to me through our Bible. I believe that this is how we should read our Bible – praying that God will speak to us through it and expecting him to do so.
And the most important reason for me to love our Bible is that it contains the accounts of the life and teachings of our loving Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who is my Lord, my master, my only teacher, my King and my God. The four accounts of his life, in the four Gospels, vary greatly and sometimes contradict each other, but this does not bother me at all. The four accounts of the resurrection, for example. vary in many details but this is exactly what you would expect to find in the recollections of a variety of people who witnessed such an extraordinary event. It is not surprising that there are differences. Indeed, it would be surprising if there were no differences. The Good News is that all four gospels are fully agreed on the one most important point. The tomb was empty – Jesus was alive.
Jesus is Lord.