Since we’ll be on the road pretty soon, and my packing is completed, I thought I’d give you all today’s round of Favorite Bible Verses a bit early. We’ll still take till Friday night to finish up the polling, though.
Now that John 8:12b (“I am the light of the world …”) has passed into the round-of-27, let’s see if another saying from the same chapter can achieve similar success:
(A)nd you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
The eighth chapter of John’s Gospel grabs the reader with the tale of the woman caught in the act of adultery. From there, we find Jesus in a theological tennis match with religious authorities. Context is almost always important in the Bible, but this saying is a favorite across Christianity. We are set free in the truth, but what kind of freedom is that?
One of the three theological virtues is cited in Hebrews 11:
Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen.
This verse leads off an extended exploration of faith in this epistle. Well worth reading and reflecting on. One single verse doesn’t do it justice, but it does provide a conversation-starter, whether one has words with another believer or with God.
And the prime psalm of Lent offers possibly the most heartfelt act of contrition in the entire Bible:
Have mercy on me, God, in accord with your merciful love; in your abundant compassion blot out my transgressions.
So today we have truth, faith, and mercy–these three. Which will be the greatest in the FBV’s sixth contest?