I think it would be great if every three years or so people would forget whatever they have learned about Jesus and begin learning all over again. I say that to simply say — no matter how much we feel we may already know, for those with the eyes to see, Jesus often has something more.
A few years ago, advertisers for the Coca-Cola Company came up with a cool idea. During commercial breaks from the Super Bowl, Coca-Cola would put messages on the screen giving clues to a terrific treasure. As I watched I wondered why, when I expected to see these exciting clues, all I saw was a red rectangle at the bottom of the screen. It was not until someone handed me a pair of these tinted glasses (you got them by springing for a six-pack of Coke!), that I finally could see. The tinting in the glasses filtered out the color red, revealing the message that had been there all along.
Have you ever felt like, despite reading the Bible that you that you just couldn’t see God in it – couldn’t get anything from it. We’ve all felt that way at times.
If that describes you, and even if it doesn’t, here are seven questions you might bring with you each time you read the Bible. Ask yourself —
1. Is there an example here for me to follow?
2. Is there something here that I am being encouraged to avoid?
3. Is there a promise meant for me?
4. Is there a prayer here worth praying on my own?
5. Is there a challenge for me to face?
6. Is there a command to be obeyed?
7. Is there a verse here that I would profit from memorizing?
Try this. You may see something you never did before. This Easter put on the glasses of faith. Get to know God all over again!
Question—What helps you most when you read the Bible?