The Idea of Jesus

When I was in Bible School, something interesting took place. A friend and fellow student decided that he wanted to see what a liberal church was like. He attended and heard the preacher say, “God is an idea.” My friend stood up right in the middle of the minister’s remarks and said something to the effect that God is not an “idea,” He is a Person! With that, he walked out. We might say, and rightly so, “Good for him!” However, do we love the idea of Jesus, rather than Jesus Himself? It is easy to love the “idea” of Jesus and mistake that for loving the Person of Jesus. We read all about Him in the Bible (and sometimes in books) but do we love Him? The religious leaders of Jesus’ day had fallen into that trap. They were zealous in standing for what they considered truth; they were unwilling to love “the” Truth. Jesus addressed these religionists in John 5:39-40, “Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of Me and ye will not come to Me, that ye might have life.” The Bible gives us abundant testimony of Jesus, but not just to fascinate us. Scripture is intended to bring us to Jesus and into a personal, vital relationship with Him! We can be utterly devoted to the Bible without being devoted to its Author! Think carefully on what Fanny Crosby wrote in the hymn, “I Am Thine, O Lord,” “I am Thine, O Lord — I have heard Thy voice and it told Thy love to me; But I long to rise in the arms of faith and be closer drawn to Thee.” Draw me nearer, nearer, blessed Lord, to the cross where Thou hast died; draw me nearer, nearer, nearer, blessed Lord to Thy precious, bleeding side.”  Selah! Have you used what you have learned about Jesus and come to really know Him, Himself?    Ron

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