Jesus is THE Word
Jesus is the Word
God’s Living Word
The Bible is fundamental to who we are. It is “the authoritative source and norm of our proclamation, faith, and life (C2.02 of Grace Lutheran Constitution).”
Yet people’s interpretation of the Bible is too often a source for division, exclusion and even hate. We need to be ever humbled by the disciples’ slowness to grasp Jesus’ mission (Mark 8:29-38; 9:30-37; 10:32-45), the scribes and chief priests action in crucifying Jesus (Mark 10:33, 14:1; 15:1), and that God’s love in Jesus is given in such abundance it is more than we can grasp, hold on to, or imagine (Luke 12:16, John 10:10, Rom. 5:17, 8:31-39, 2 Cor. 1:5, 9:8, Eph. 3:18-20).
Thus, whenever we think and hear “God’s Word”:
1. May our first thought always be Jesus.The gospel of John makes this clear:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. … And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father's only son, full of grace and truth. (John 1:1, 14)
God choosing us and our love for God is also the central point of the Old Testament: Hear, O Israel: The LORD is our God, the LORD alone. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead, and write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (Deut.6:4-9)
2. May God’s Word always connect us to God’s mission and community.Not to know about God, but to be about God’s mission and will:
Whoever says, "I have come to know him," but does not obey his commandments, is a liar, and in such a person the truth does not exist; but whoever obeys his word, truly in this person the love of God has reached perfection. By this we may be sure that we are in him: whoever says, "I abide in him," ought to walk just as he walked. (1 John 2:4-6)
3. May this ancient, treasured, written Word of God lead us to Jesus: The Father who sent me has himself testified on my behalf. You have never heard his voice or seen his form, and you do not have his word abiding in you, because you do not believe him whom he has sent. "You search the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that testify on my behalf. (John 5:37-39)
What is unique about the Bible & Christianity?
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Religious texts, also known as scripture, scriptures, holy writ, or holy books, are the texts which various religious traditions consider to be sacred, or central to their religious tradition. Many religions and spiritual movements believe that their sacred texts are divinely or supernaturally revealed or inspired.
NOT our morality, our beliefs, our laws, our instance our Bible is more holy than theirs. It is JESUS that is unique. JESUS is the center