There is something very special about the Bible that I think we have forgotten. Someone died so that you could read it. And I am not talking about Jesus. I am talking about men who were on there way home to see their beautiful wife and young children and never made it. I am talking about a group of woman chatting joyfully as they washed clothes at the river who didn’t´t live long enough to see those clothes dry. I am even talking about children who played in the streets and were one day taken by the city guards because they were charged with crimes against Caesar.
And these people were not shot neatly in the head. They were not even put into prison to rot. That man who was going home to his family was dressed as a shepherd. Then those children who were playing in the street had sheep skin sown into their flesh. Then all of them were thrown into a coliseum and the man was given a staff and told to defend his ¨flock¨ like Jesus did. And then they released the lions on them. Thousands of people cheered as he desperately tried to protect helpless children.
And the women. They had stakes shoved up through the center of their body´s. They were set on fire and placed as torches along the path of Caesar garden. Who walked peacefully past them muttering, ¨You say that you are the light of the world.¨
When the bible says things like, ¨ For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.¨Romans 8:18 These are the sufferings he is talking about! Not a hard break up or not having a car not the service running too late. He is talking about hundreds of people dying at the hands of unjust and evil men every day. We forget that the pages of the bible are dripping with the innocent blood of our ancestors who gave their lives so that we could find glory in Christ.
Glory. The comfort given in Romans 8 is ¨a glory that is about to be revealed to us.¨ What is this glory that is worth such horrendous death?
Romans 19: For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.
I´m sorry! Come again? Is he trying to say that we- you and I are the bearers of this glory?
Romans 20-21: For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.
Yup. There is it again.
If we remembered that the pages of the bible are blood stained. That that blood bought something and that something was us. That something is our future. And that it is our responsibility to pass on the priceless gift. If we remembered that when we read
“Awake, you who sleep,
Arise from the dead,
And Christ will give you light.”
What would we do?