2021_11_03 Insight Post- Rusty Coram
This week's reading- John 5-6
We read in John 3 that “God loved the world so much that He sent Jesus”. And He sent Jesus to provide a new life to everyone who would accept Him as their Savior and Leader. Jesus spent most of His time among the Jewish people, because they were the ones God used to communicate His plans. Through them, the Old Testament faith traditions and history were preserved. They were the ones that had the background to recognize Jesus as the Messiah, though only some did, and many did not. Part of the problem was how they handled the Bible (Scriptures), and Jesus challenged them strongly, “You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, 40 yet you refuse to come to me to have life.” John 5:39–40 (NIV)
The problem was that they placed their faith in their view of the Bible. They had their own idea of what the Messiah would be like - a political savior who would conquer Rome and put them in the places of power, prestige and honor. Jesus didn’t fit their description so they rejected Him. The problem is that the Bible doesn’t give us new life, the One the Bible points to does. The Bible is very important, absolutely, but it directs us to the One that our hope should be placed in. I believe one reason that we don’t have the original documents and letters is because people would revere the scrolls and worship them instead of the one who is written about.
We have meticulously preserved and accurate copies for sure, but not the very first original copies. Parchment and animal skins deteriorate, so scribes devoted their whole lives to carefully, and diligently copying the text - there were no Xerox machines, hard-drives or Cloud then!
I love the Bible and continue to learn from it, but at the end of the day, the One the Bible represents ultimately needs to have my utmost allegiance. Jesus religious critics severely missed this. Let’s not repeat their error.