Get your nose into the Bible with these daily shots of Bible inspiration and challenges. These are just a selection taken from the many more quiet-times you can find on myfishbites.
The Bible and Jesus – Matthew 24.35 - “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” In a feature with a local newspaper, a local vicar told the paper that in his church they didn’t believe in the Bible but instead they followed what Jesus did. So did he have a point in what he said? No, not really. Time after time, Jesus spoke from the Old Testament (especially Deuteronomy). This shows that Jesus followed what God had written through his people in the Old Testament. So if a church does what Jesus did, then the church should follow the Bible! In John 1.1, we find that Jesus is ‘The Word’ of God so to follow Jesus is to follow the Bible and to follow the Bible is the same as following Jesus. For example, when he was tempted by the devil, he quoted from Deuteronomy 8.3 (recorded in Matthew 4.4) saying, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Here we see that Jesus was very clear that we live a life that is based on what God says through his Word, the Bible. So again, followers of Jesus are those who follow the Bible. The two things (Jesus and the Bible) cannot be separated! In John 17.17 we hear the prayer of Jesus asking God, “Sanctify (the disciples) by the truth; your word is truth.” So there is more evidence that Jesus confirms that the Bible is God’s Word and that it is truth! Finally, we come to our verse for this quiet-time. Jesus tells his disciples that heaven and earth will one day disappear and be gone – they won’t go on forever. But God’s Word is different – the word of God will never pass away; it is forever; eternal. The word used for ‘Word’ is the Greek word ‘logos’ which refers to God’s written Word. So we cannot follow Jesus without following the Bible!