One thing in technology I am grateful for is the online Bible resource that allows me to read a passage in several translations at once. It helps me lean into to what Jesus is saying. Or, hear it in a new way.
Take Mark 1:15 for example. It’s Jesus’ first sermon and even though just a few sentences, it packs a punch.
From The Message: Jesus went to Galilee preaching the Message of God: “Time’s up! God’s kingdom is here. Change your life and believe the Message.”
From the New Revised Standard Version: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”
From the New Living Translation: “The time promised by God has come at last!” he announced. “The Kingdom of God is near! Repent of your sins and believe the Good News!”
From the Common English Bible: “Now is the time! Here comes God’s kingdom! Change your hearts and lives, and trust this good news!”
From the Contemporary English Version: He said, “The time has come! God’s kingdom will soon be here. Turn back to God and believe the good news!”
From The Good News Translation: “The right time has come,” he said, “and the Kingdom of God is near! Turn away from your sins and believe the Good News!”
They all say the same thing, but Jesus’ words are revealed a little bit more. Jesus didn’t speak English, so the different translations are helpful. The Kingdom is near, will soon be here and is here. Repent means change your heart and life, turn back to God, turn away from your sins. Believe can also be trust.
This fuller picture helps me to see Jesus’ message is now and is for me. I want to hear and live and share the good news of God’s love and mercy.
We hear the Good News when we gather to worship. Tomorrow we’ll be together in they mystery of the Holy Spirit via the stream. God is present in each of our spaces as we are united in God’s word, in worship, thanksgiving and prayer.
Grace be with you,
ps: I like Bible Gateway, but it’s not the only one.