Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Cryptic Messages

I love word puzzles, especially cryptograms. A cryptogram is a phrase which uses a scrambled alphabet that substitutes one letter for another. It's essentially something written in code. Using logic and patience, the code can be broken one letter at a time to reveal the phrase. It's a lot of fun, but can be very frustrating. I admit that sometimes I cheat by glancing at the answer...just enough to see the first word. If I can get a hint, I can usually finish on my own.

Sadly, people who don't know Jesus personally often look at the bible as a cryptogram. It is just a lot of words in a huge book. B-O-R-I-N-G! Many people try to read it from the beginning and don't get past Genesis, where all the fun stories are. 

It's a fascinating fact that once we accept Jesus as our Savior, the code is broken, the words come alive and our eyes are opened to the Truth. We are transported to the time and place we read about; at times it feels like we're right there. Sometimes we read something and it's just what we need to hear to encourage us. It's no longer a big, boring book of puzzles; all the pieces come together through the blood of the Lamb...all the dots connect through the knowledge of Jesus. The Word is alive. The Word brings Life. God wants us to enjoy learning from His Word!

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God (John 1:1).

Jesus is the Word. And Jesus is not a Cryptogram. He is simple and straightforward. His desire is never to confuse us, but to teach us, to love us and to show us how to love. Let's not complicate life more than it already is. Jesus broke the code for us. All we need to do is ingest it and let it nourish us.

Blessings Along the Path,

Song of the Day

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