Many Christians have left a time of reading the Scriptures frustrated to the point of questioning, why read the Bible? The words seem foreign to them, relics of another time, that they believe are important but can not seem to connect to. If you are like me you have heard hundreds of times over that you should read the Bible. However, we all know someone who can quote the Bible, but we do not see any evidence of change in their lives. If they can spend time memorizing and studying Scripture and we are unable to see any real difference in them, the question remains: Why read the Bible?
It is possible to know the “words” of Scripture and not know the Word, the object of Scripture. The Word is a person, and the words of the Bible are important because they reveal Him. One of the reasons the Bible should be important to us is for much the same reason that letters and cards given to us by those we know and love are significant. We do not care simply for the design of the card or the black letters on a white page, we care because of the thoughts and feelings of a real person that they reveal. They bring the heart of the person to us in written form.
There have been moments in my life where I have pulled out a card from my wife and read its words because through them I was brought close to her. If someone else were to read the same card, it would not carry the same power or value because the reader is disconnected from the person behind the words. They could memorize the words, repeat them, or paste them on their refrigerator and it would mean very little. Without knowledge of the person, these beautiful and powerful words would remain…..just words.
Jesus said to the religious leaders of His day: “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me (John 5:39). When He appeared to two of His disciples after His Resurrection the Bible says: “And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.” (Luk 24:27) Jesus wanted his followers to know that the words of Scripture are not the most important words in existence simply because they contain instruction on how to live life, or even because they reveal good principles. The Bible is the most important book in the world because of who it reveals, Jesus Christ the Son of the Living God! It is a love letter from our Heavenly Father, revealing His eternal love to us in the person of His Son, Hallelujah!