Monday, January 24, 2005
Manual or Immanuel?
There are few words that I find sweeter than "Immanuel". It means "God with us", and refers to the Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:23). And not only is He with us, He is in us. "Christ in you, the hope of glory", the Bible says (Colossians 1:27). What is so beautiful about that? Simply that He is so attainable. We can fellowship with Him at will. And that fellowship is the partaking of the Manna that our spirits so hunger for, when we are in touch with even our own spirit.
Fellowshiping with Jesus is the most precious purpose for the Bible. Jesus said to the Pharisee crowd, "You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify of Me." (John 5:39)
The Bible is not a Manual. It's not primarily a book of rules, a how-to book, an "instruction manual" for living. It is the written Word of the living Word, Jesus Christ. And those of us who love Him will profit most if we go to the Word to meet Him, Immanuel, God with us.
"Come to the Word for one purpose, and that is to meet the Lord. Not to get your mind crammed full of things about the sacred Word, but come to it to meet the Lord. Make it a medium, not of Biblical scholarship, but of fellowship with Christ. Behold the Lord." -- Norman Douty