St. John’s Gospel ends with these words, “Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.”
I love books. I own lots of them. Quite a few are in my office at church and there are more at home. I believe that reading from the printed page is more than just getting information, it’s a holistic experience. Books have weight and aromas. The pages often tell the story of those who have read this book before us. Their pauses are marked by “dog ears” and their excitement shown by underlining. Books are meant to be used until they are used up. I far more prefer to read a book than to read the same words on a Kindle which turns a full life experience into a cold and impersonal one (IMHO).
There is one book that can be read over and over again without ever exhausting it’s contents. Of course, that’s the Bible. Sixty six books that all have one purpose, to show us what God has done and is doing to bring us back into right relationship with Him through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ on the Cross and the tomb which was empty 3 days later. No matter how often I turn the pages in my Bible, I find something I didn’t know or understand something better than I ever did before. God speaks to me over and again in that Book of books.
And John tells us there is even more to know! Can you imagine? Oh what glory we will experience when we come into the presence of God and hear and learn of all the things we can’t find out now. And yet, no one has even mastered what we now have.
I’ve mentioned before Luther’s statement that a person becomes educated, not by reading many books, but by reading a good book many times. And of course there is no “gooder book” than the Good Book.
My prayer, as I sit here in my office today, is that anyone who reads this will go now and find their Bible and start to read it. Maybe it’s covered in dust. That’s okay, you can wipe it off. Maybe it’s well used already. That’s okay too, I know you’ve missed something. Maybe you’re afraid God will get hold of you if you spend time in the Word. Well, He will, I guarantee it. But you’ll like the experience once you get used to it.
Go and read, my friends, go and read. As our friend John also writes of the Word of God, “these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His Name.”