While I’m traveling, I asked some friends to answer a question: What’s the story related to Jesus that is most compelling for you? Today’s post is from Dr. Lee Warren.
When my friend says, “I’m not sure about Jesus,” I say back, “Let’s read the Gospel of John.”
John to Know.
My friend might say, “Okay, but how? Just read?”
And I’d say “Listen to this:
Before time itself was measured, the Voice was speaking.
The Voice was and is God.
This celestial Word remained ever present with the Creator;
His speech shaped the entire cosmos.
Immersed in the practice of creating,
all things that exist were birthed in Him.
His breath filled all things
with a living, breathing light—
A light that thrives in the depths of darkness,
blazes through murky bottoms.
It cannot and will not be quenched.
“You see,” I say, “He’s the Voice. From page one, John says Jesus is the Voice. He was there from the beginning. He’s the Word, the Creator, the Light that Shines Through the Darkness. Boom. Jesus is The One.”
My friend scratches his head. “Why Are You Capitalizing Everything?”
I smile. “Because John is telling us to be blown away by The Voice. You want to know Jesus, be prepared to be overwhelmed.”
He nods slowly. “Wow, He sounds amazing. But real life is hard. I need practical tips to get through it.”
I answer, “Then we need to read the book of James.”
James to Grow.
He shrugs, “James?”
“Check this out,” I say.
Don’t run from tests and hardships, brothers and sisters. As difficult as they are, you will ultimately find joy in them; if you embrace them, your faith will blossom under pressure and teach you true patience as you endure.
“Good advice,” my friend says, “When life is hard, faith teaches patience. How do I deepen my faith?”
“By listening to The Voice,” I say, “John to know, James to grow. A little at a time.”
(John 1:1-5 and James 1:2-3, The Voice Translation, The Voice™ translation © 2012 Ecclesia Bible Society)