Edinburgh Castle is built on an extinct volcano called Castle Rock and towers over the city of Edinburgh, Scotland. Just think about all the people throughout history who have viewed this magnificent castle. It has been a royal residence, a prison and an army garrison. It has been the center of numerous wars, has withstood attacks and been besieged many times. This structure has endured throughout the centuries.
The Moderator of the Church of Scotland was able to present to the new Queen of England, at her coronation in 1953, something else that has endured throughout the ages. The Moderator took the Bible and gave it to Queen Elizabeth saying, “we present you with this Book, the most valuable thing that this world affords. Here is Wisdom; This is the royal Law; These are the lively Oracles of God.”
Like Edinburgh Castle, the Bible has endured throughout the ages. It has gone through attacks and wars. Today, the Bible is available to us in many languages; on the written page, online, in audio or braille forms. It is indeed the most valuable thing in the world. Within its pages we learn of God who created the beautiful world, and who loves us without reservation. He loves us so much that when we, the world’s people sinned, He sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to take the punishment we deserved.
In the Bible we meet characters who point us to Christ and then show us how to live our Christian life once we have met Him. “The Holy Scriptures… are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:15). We are indeed given wisdom and wise counsel within its pages. We are shown how to live a joy-filled life. God gave us prophetic predictions: some that have been fulfilled and some that are to be accomplished in the future. In Psalm 119:89 we read, “Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in Heaven”. We can rely on the Bible today as it is vibrantly alive. Hebrews 4:12 tells us that the Bible is “living and powerful and… a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart”.
Have you met the Saviour? Find a Bible and read it to learn more about Him and God’s salvation.
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