"Walk By Faith, Not By Sight" 2 Corinthians 5:7

Worship Wednesday: 2-11-2015 Love is Red

There is love in the red letters.

This is probably one of my favorite set of lyrics of all time. dc Talk was a popular Christian band in the ’80s and ’90s, one that people kind of think, “Oh you listen to them still?” now-a-days. Okay, that might not be the case, but, though their music is very late ’80s inspired, and they haven’t been a band for many years, their music is timeless.  Why? Because it speaks truth:

There is love in the red letters.

In many print versions (and now, even on many Bible apps), whenever Jesus speaks in the New Testament, his words are written in red.  This is for readers to easily identify between speakers.  Think of it as reading a play; we are given a name of each character before we read his or her line, so that we can visualize who is talking.  Also, the actors that are playing each character can use this type of system to know when it is their turn to speak.  In many ways, that is why book publishers highlight Jesus’ words in red.  But, there is so much more.  We use different colors to highlight important passages in our textbooks, and the same goes for the red letters in the Bible.  They are important.  So very important.

You see, this song talks about there being love in the red letters, peace, forgiveness, and so much more.  Jesus was sent to die on the cross for our sins.  He wasn’t just some guy, or a happenstance.  He was sent from God.  You see, we live in a broken world, full of lies, sin, hurt, pain, loss.  How can we have hope in a world like this?  God sent His son to restore our hope because He loves us.  Afterall, we are His creation.

Jesus spoke in parables in a good chunk of the New Testament.  Parables are used as lessons.  They are stories that are examples of what to do, what not to do, and how people can be free.  That’s how Jesus used parables.  He taught the public through stories, examples.  Why was he giving us examples on how to live?  Because, if we didn’t have a standard from heaven of how we are to repent, love God, and live, we wouldn’t be living very much.

God sent Jesus to teach us of his love. And what greater way to show us love than by sacrificing your son?!  Can you imagine sacrificing your spouse, sister, brother, best friend, mom, dad, or someone who is so close to you, for someone so undeserving?  Think of someone who has lied to you, hurt your feelings to the point of heartbreak, someone who might have taken something or someone from you.  Would you sacrifice your best friend for them?  Realistically, I don’t think, as a human, I would be able to do that.  But, that’s exactly what God did!  And, Jesus was sent to tell us of how great God’s love is for us!

It’s all in the red letters.




About Shannon Thomas

Hi! I'm Shannon, a new momma to a little girl, a lover of dogs, coffee, books, words, and Jesus! I hold a Bachelor's in English, with a minor in Communications from Florida State University (Go 'Noles!). Take a peak around, meet the family, and say 'Hi!'

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