Just got home from Bible study and thought to myself, fifteen years ago you never would have convinced me gathering together to study the Bible would be something I would ever want to do much less that it would actually be fun. Yet I look forward to going to the Coffee Connection downtown every Wednesday to discuss the scriptures and fellowship with whomever might show up. The old Louie would have never done that.
Being a Christian isn’t something you do on Sunday morning it is what you are. Jesus Christ died so we might have life and have it more abundantly, and that means more than just a day of the week. Tracey and I talk about the Word, and what we see God doing in and around our lives constantly; in fact I can’t think of anything I would rather talk about. This too is proof Christ lives in me. Jesus said, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” The next time you talk with someone if you listen for a few minutes you will discover what they love, because we all talk about what we love the most. Don’t get me wrong it isn’t wrong to love your children or talk about your car or job, but if you are a Christian and never want to talk about Christ it seems a little strange to me.
Tonight at Bible study we read in John five where the religious leaders were wanting to kill Jesus because he healed a cripple man who then picked up and carried his mat, on the Sabbath mind you. The religious leaders just knew Jesus wasn’t from God because he was working and encouraging others to work on the Sabbath. Of course we know the Sabbath was made for man not man for the Sabbath, but when you are religious keeping the rules tends to take precedence over the well being of people.
The scriptures tell us the religious leaders were trying to kill Jesus, but according to Deuteronomy no one could be put to death without two or three witnesses. Jesus told them there were plenty that witnessed on his behalf. He said, John the Baptist, the miracles, the Father and even the very scriptures they were so fond of backed up who he was. Jesus told them “Search the scriptures; for in them you think you have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And you will not come to me, that you might have life.” You see they had the Bible but they didn’t have Jesus. I would venture to say that Bible study with them probably wouldn’t be as much fun as we have on Wednesday nights. After all what is Bible study without Jesus anyway? I guess it would be a book full of rules with no life in it.
Jesus went on to tell his accusers he wouldn’t be the one to accuse them, but Moses himself would be their accuser. He told them “Moses wrote about me and if you don’t believe his writings how would you believe my words?” You see the Bible isn’t like any other book. Most books are read with the sole purpose of receiving information on the subject at hand, but when reading the Bible we are invited to receive the actual person of Jesus Christ.