Page or Person?

People like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, etc. are interesting to read about and, if the accounts are accurate, are informative. It helps us to understand them and we sometimes come to feel like we know them. Of course we’ve never met them, talked with them, enjoyed their friendship, had them help us, been fascinated by them or come to love and enjoy them. If they were alive today, we could then experience these blessings. However they are long gone. I fear that many only know Jesus in the same way that they know other historical people; biographical only, not personally. We know things about Jesus but do we know Him? Unlike other historical individuals, He is alive and present in our world today and waits to show Himself alive to all who will open themselves to Him as their Savior and Lord. He is revealed in Scripture so that we can know Him in personal experience, moment by moment. We should have the heart cry, so eloquently expressed in Mary A. Lathbury’s hymn, “Break Thou the Bread of Life.” She wrote, “Beyond the sacred page I seek Thee, Lord. My spirit pants for Thee, O living Word.” Knowledge of Jesus from the Word was never intended as a stopping point; information to be stored in our memory banks. As the Holy Spirit activates the printed page, it is to bring us into a Spiritual relationship with the Living Jesus. No wonder Paul wrote, in Philippians 1:21, “For to me to live is Christ and to die (see Him face to Face) is gain.” Selah! We start at the Page but if we stop there, we’ll never really know the Person!  Ron

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