You walk into your house feeling beaten down and exhausted, because you had a long day at work or at school or wherever. All you want to do is go into your room and fall asleep for a week. Does this sound familiar at all to anyone? At this point in the day, it's very hard to even think of opening your Bible, isn't it? You see it on the bedside table every time you wake up and every time you go to bed, but sometimes it's just hard to get into that mindset of worship and stillness and peace.
Sometimes it's best to try a new perspective. That book that is lying untouched next to your bed every day is the greatest story ever told. It is the ultimate adventure, bursting with stories filled with love, romance, danger, revenge, tragedy, betrayal, miracles, peace, courage, devotion, forgiveness, salvation, and truth. God wanted everyone to be able to identify with it. Thinking of it that way changes things a little, huh? I know it does for me. Every page in God's Word is filled with wisdom and hope, vividly declaring God's amazing and powerful and endless love for every single person. The best story in the Bible, however, is the account of Jesus' death and resurrection told by four different men--Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John--if you haven't read it, go check it out!
God gave the ultimate sacrifice in the form of His Son, Jesus, hanging broken, beaten, and exhausted on that cross. And He did it for us. He did it to save us. His death wasn't in vain, though. He rose again three days later, totally healed, except for the holes in each of His hands signifying His sacrifice and the pain He endured so that we woudn't have to. On that day so long ago, Jesus took on all of the sins of the world back then, and every sin that was yet to be committed from those yet to be born, and He died with every one of them. When He rose, though, He was completely clean and perfectly pure, having no remnants of the filth and evil that was our sins.
So what do you think now? Maybe it's time to dust off your bedside table and try a new perspective. Read that Book that is so adventurous and so powerful and so filled with Truth. After all, it is the greatest story ever told.
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