The other night I was reading through Mathew, Mark, or one of the other gospels and I came to a great realization. My Bible, as does many, has the words of Jesus written in red lettering (this however, is not my realization). As I was reading though these words in my mind, for it was late and Drew hates when I read my books out loud to myself, I realized something.
I will be going on in normal Ross inside my head voice, interested in the words of Peter or those pesky Pharisees, but then I get to those words in red. My mind automatically switches over into some Heavenly, distant voice that is unlike any human would ever really talk, especially to friends. I decided that in my mind I was potrying a Jesus who wasn’t human at all (that is my realization). Sure do I think when Jesus was walking on the water he spoke in a really cool Heavanly voice, but not when He was just chatting with his friends.
I have decided that putting the words in red is doing a great injustice to all those bold enough to open up a Bible. Am I downplaying the words of Jesus? ABSOLUTELY NOT! I just want to read the Bible and hear Jesus’ voice in my head the way he really sounded…. Like a normal human. I think for some years now this has distracted me from realy understanding who Jesus was. Am I the only one who does this? If I had any money I would go buy a Bible in which there are no red words. Only black human styled words. Heck, I might even fork out the money to buy one anyways, give up a trip to Panara or two. I want to read the words of Jesus the way He would have spoke them, the way He is speaking them (insert your voice description here), in a cacuasion, southern styled, manly voice.
Ross the spiritually awakened Hoss
Anybody want to give me the big, fancy sounding word that starts with an “M” that means spiritual awakening?