By Michael M. Cook
Congratulations! As of today, we have completed 8 weeks of intensive reading and concluded reading through the New Testament. Wow! We stop for a moment and reflect on a job well done. For those that read every page-remarkable. For those that did much of the reading-well done. For those that….let’s skip that part. I was asked to summarize a few thoughts on the NT8 process.
History’s Turning Point
In Levi Zacharias’s book Questions I Would Like to Ask God, he references a quote by talk show host Larry King. King was asked, “If you could select any one person across all of human history to interview, who would it be?” King said he would like to interview Jesus Christ.
When the questioner followed with, “And what would you like to ask him?” King replied, “I would ask him if he was indeed virgin-born. The answer to that question would define history for me.”
Zacharias says when he requested permission to quote the talk show host, King sent word, “And tell him I was not being facetious.”
Perhaps we would all like to interview someone special. Yet without an official interview, we have taken a close up glimpse of Jesus Christ through our NT8 reading. We have read His quotes and connected with His invitation to follow. Author after author have taken us to special places to hear Christ’s life-changing message. Our hearts were once again moved when our Savior healed, resuscitated and performed wonders. Although the virgin birth is significant (understatement), on this Easter week I am reminded that Jesus is Jesus because of His total character. The resurrection speaks to who He is. The miracles address that. Every aspect in His Word points us to the fact that Jesus is God!
As we pause to reflect, we thank God for who He is and preserving His Word for us. His Word has changed history for all those that know Him.