"‘…The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.’ "- John 6:63 KJV
Did you know that the longest telegraphic message ever dispatched was in May, 1881? It carried 188,000 words. It was printed in full that day in the Chicago Times. One of the nation’s leading newspapers gave space for four Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles and the Epistle to the Romans. ‘A triumph of publicity’, was the verdict of the nation’s press. All this was done because the Revised Version of the New Testament in English was on sale that day. In New York City, 33,000 copies were sold within 24 hours, setting a new sales record for any book. Why does the Bible remain the world’s most widely read book? For one simple reason: you read every other book - the Bible reads you! You say, ‘But I don’t get a lot out of the Bible when I read it.’ You are not alone; many people say the same thing. But it doesn’t have to be that way. F. B. Meyer, one of history’s great Bible teachers, writes, ‘Read the Bible not as a newspaper, but as a love letter. If a cluster of heavenly fruit hangs within your reach, gather it. If a promise lies upon the page as a blank cheque, cash it. If a prayer is recorded, launch it as a feathered arrow from the bow of your desire.’ Why do we keep going back to the Bible? Because in a world where trust is in short supply, ‘…Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave…’ (1Kings 8:56 NIV).