Wednesday, 23 October 2013

What Would Jesus Do?

Yesterday I wrote about the role and importance of the Bible.  The Bible is crucial and has been, and is, a guide for us, as it has been down the centuries.  However, alongside that, it is important to recognise that our essential relationship is not with a document, however inspired and valued, but with a person.

I was reminded of that this morning when I was reading the end of John Dominic Crossan's book, “The Greatest Prayer”, in which he reflects on the Lord's Prayer.  Near the end of the book he says:

“We are not the People of the Book; we are the People with the Book.  The gospel of John does not say, “God so loved the world that he gave us” a book (3:16).  The Revelation of John does not say that we are saved “by the ink of the lamb” (12:11).  For over a hundred years Christians have asked WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?) and not WWBS?  (What Would the Bible say?)  If Christ is the norm of the gospel, then he is also the norm of the New Testament, and of the entire Christian Bible.  That, of course, is why we are called Christ-ians and not Bible-ians.”

How true it is that our relationship with Jesus needs to be that which drives, challenges, inspires and encourages us!  The question is good - what would Jesus do?

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