The most meaningful Bible verses to me are the verses that describe the birth, life, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I had a daughter pass away at only two weeks old and often think of her. Our family celebrates her birthday every year and our yearly family resolutions and vacations revolve around how to include her in our “mortal” experience that we might one day see her again. What interests me is how most all of humankind accepts a belief that there is more to existence then just life on earth, but never a serious search for more. So what does humankind amount to?
Honestly, please take a second and ponder who you are and what you’re doing on earth right now? Is this it? Are we suppose to engage in a “job” to earn money, to pay bills, to save a few bucks, so we can “live” a little? I seriously hope that there is more to our typical existence that this. I hope there is something more to life than a few rides around the sun. As you read these verses keep in mind that I have lost a loved one and found inspiration and assurance that there is more to mortality and more meaning to our existence then paying bills.
The Son of God is born – Luke 1 :35 – And the angel answered and said unto her, the Holy Ghost shall come unto thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee, therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. I find peace in this scripture and many others in the New Testament that describes the Birth of our Savior, all of ours. Likewise, many other witnesses from primary source accounts in the New Testament that he actually lived. Other than the Bible, many current religions, cultures, customs, and people testify of his birth and life giving more reality to his life.
Jesus tells of his resurrection – John 14:1-3 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 21n my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where I am there ye may be also.
And also John 16:28, I came forth from the Father, and come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father. Jesus lets us know that he plans to make room or space for us because he loves us and wants us to return to him. I think more importantly we must understand that his desire is determined by our faith in what life is really about. And that our faith is gauged by the feelings and belief we have that what we read in the Bible stands true to its words.
He is resurrected – Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, John 20, These chapters in the new testament describe Jesus is risen after three days. Each of their descriptions depicts Jesus appearing to his disciples and showing them the reality of his power to regain life after death is certain. I love these passages because it builds faith in me to know that not only once did he appear to the twelve apostles, but he came again to make sure that all of them believed. We all are given opportunities to find Him in our lives through unique experiences, but some of us are given many opportunities to not only find Him, but come to know Him. In life’s trials we can find Him, his love, and his grace for us. In John 20: 27-28 – Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands: and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. 28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. Jesus appears to his disciples a second time and Thomas is allowed to touch his pierced side and holes in his hands and feet. This passage of scripture helps my faith by reading of an account describing not only Jesus’ resurrection but one who touched his resurrected body, and of our Savior who allowed a mortal a personal witness for his resurrection and re-birth.
Proverbs 3: 5-6 5Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths If you believe in him & live your life accordingly you will never hunger or thirst for happiness. Your spirit/soul will feel satisfied with a life lived in honest search of personal sanctity on His behalf to make you whole; to forgive your shortcomings; and to allow your resurrection into a better place..
These short passages are just a small example of how I have found peace and inspiration to keep myself moving forward, making progress with my own personal struggles, and becoming more of a disciple of Jesus Christ and sanctifying my life in love and devotion for what he has taught us through the Bible accounts. I hope that these few verses would inspire someone else to search within themselves and look to better things. And that we would all find more to life than just paying the bills and the simple day to day distractions. Don’t let the daily distractions keep you from the most important things in your life.