The sermon on Sunday 20th October is (or was, if you’re reading this afterwards) all about the way that the Bible “reads us”.
Of course it can only do this if we actually read the text — or we hear it spoken to us.
If we do read it, It in turn reads us by showing us ourselves in the text, rather like a mirror reflects back the person in front of it. The Gospels (the four Bible books that kick off the New Testament) do this by telling of people who encountered Jesus. Some believed in Jesus and followed him, some believed for a time and then gave up, some sat on the fence, and some refused to believe and even opposed him. The text then challenges us to consider, “Which one are you?” Or, “Which one do you want to be?”
If you look through John 11 and John 12, the storyline includes a deeply religious guy who was consumed by politics, tradition and with maintaining his status quo, a disciple who was so grateful for what Jesus had done that her worship of him was extravagant and over the top and another disciple of Jesus who had “lost the plot” and whose heart was apparently untouched by his extensive time with Jesus.
Which one are you?
Which one do you want to be?
The obvious escape clause is to answer both of these questions with, “None of the above”. But then you may be responding too quickly and then you’re not letting the Bible read you.