As I was looking through Pinterest one day, I saw the above quote. And it suddenly struck me on how true that is.
Being both a romantic and an avid reader, it is not uncommon for the thought to cross my mind oh I wish this character were real or I wonder what happens next. The amazing thing about the Bible, is that, in fact both of those thoughts are/can become reality.
The Bible is the truth. “We’ve got 25,000 to 30,000 handwritten copies of the New Testament,” remembers Lee Strobel in The Case For The Real Jesus, quoting Daniel B. Wallace who has a PH.D., “the average ancient Greek author has fewer than 20 copies of his works still in existence…If you stacked the works of other ancient writers on top of each other, they’d be about four feet tall. Stack up copies of the New Testament, and they’d reach more than a mile high.”
Characters written about in the Bible were real people who lived. The Scriptures are the recount of the redemption story of God wooing us to himself. It’s a love story written to us.
It’s the story of betrayal, adoration, and joy. A tale where despite our rejecting him, the prince of peace continued to fight for us. To do anything so that we could once more be called “His.”
What makes this even more incredible, is that He sacrificed everything – knowing that not all would love Him. He loved us before we ever did anything to deserve such. He continues to seek after us even now – even after we have sinned, not listened, and rejected him. The love of Jesus is one that is perfect, flawless. To us, He says:
“Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you” (Isaiah 46:4).
“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness” (Jeremiah 31:3).
“I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).
“Do not be afraid, for I am with you” (Isaiah 43:5).
“For those who find me find life and receive favor from the Lord” (Proverbs 8:35).
~ Southern Dreamer
The Case for the Real Jesus by Lee Strobel