Jesus is the “bridge” between God and humanity.
- “For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5)
(Talk about bridging the gap! And an infinite one at that.)
The Bible is the “bridge” between Jesus and humanity, between Him and us. Because it’s by the Bible we learn about and (literally) come to know Him in a very personal, real, tangible way.
How would we know about His amazing-beyond-comprehension-much-less-human-description humility but for the Bible? (Philippians 2:3-11)
How would we know about His heart for the Father and humanity, His genuine love for people, but for the Bible? (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John – you can leaf to literally any page and you’ll see this on clear display)
How would we know about His immaculate conception, remarkable birth (in a manger, an animal feeding trough; a singing heavenly host of angels; magi; trying to be killed by the king of the land)? And perfect, sin-free, flawless life? And excruciating but infinitely propitiating death on the cross and subsequent resurrection from the dead and seating at the right hand of the Father in heaven and sending of the Holy Spirit so we wouldn’t be stuck with the unwinnable, lose-lose battle versus sin and the flesh and the evil one?
The Bible is the greatest tangible gift, tangible thing in the universe. And the most powerful by far. What a gift… yet how many of us take it for granted?
If there were a well of water which, when drunk from, made the drinker look ten or twenty years younger or pounds lighter, who among us wouldn’t be PANTING FOR AND LAPPING UP THAT WATER each and every day?!
- “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for Thee, O God.” (Psalm 42:1)
But it’s even more amazing than that, because God didn’t just give us such a well (the Bible), He gave us such a well in our home, right where we live, such that virtually ANYONE can access that life-giving, health-enhancing, righteousness-restoring well: it’s no mistake, rather, it’s an unmistakable demonstration of God’s grace that the Bible is THE MOST prolific and easily-accessible book in human history.
Yet, sadly, many of us take it for granted. Such power, such life-yielding and health-wielding capacity there for the receiving, yet somehow we time-to-time take it for granted.
May those times of laxity and spiritual lethargy end today, at this very moment… or at least be fewer and farther between (as we used to say as children) “startinnnnnnnnnng NOW!”
Our life will be so enriched by that. Spiritually but also physically. In the next life but also the present one.
- “… godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” (1 Timothy 4:8)
- “For they [the “my words” of verse 20, i.e., God’s words, i.e., the Bible] are life to those who find them, and health to all their whole body.” (Proverbs 4:22)
Like I penned at the end of the previous post: May we drink daily – and diligently – from that cup.
What a gift! What a remarkable, indescribable, gigantic gift of God’s grace. The precious Bible.
(Indeed, only something so sweet could motivate such a sorry sinner as I to memorize its every verse, chapter, and book!)