Friday, October 7, 2011


The best known verse in the entire Bible:

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." -- John 3:16

John is the fourth and final gospel, written later than the other three, and focusing more on Jesus as the Word of God and less on the miracles He performed and some of the details of his life the other gospels include. I like this one best of all. The man, Jesus, is most apparent as a person to whom I think anyone can relate and understand best, if understood in reading this book.

Along with the Bible, I'm also reading a book right now that my brother lent me called The Holy Longing, by Ronald Rolheiser. The author talks about how Jesus is literally the Word of God,

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." -- John 1:1

which is the meaning of the word incarnation, "in flesh" -- I'm inspired by the idea that not only should we strive to be more like Jesus, but that we CAN be more like him, by literally embodying his Word, which means, literally embodying him. When Jesus said to his followers, eat my body, he meant don't just undertand His words intellectually... take them into your very being and don't just TELL, but SHOW the world the Word of God through your physical self, your actions, your very existance.

"Preach the word of God wherever you go, even use words, if necessary." -- Francis of Assisi

**NEXT: Acts

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