Red Letters

In the Bible when you see words written in red letters you know that these are Jesus’ words.

It’s estimated that there are 31,426 red letter words, almost 48% of the entire Gospel, included in scripture.

God came in human form to live amongst us and teach us about Himself and let us see Him plan of salvation as it played out. God’s love flows from the red letters in the bible to His fallen creation showing us His immeasurable love.  

When Jesus began His ministry here on earth, He chose twelve men who had no outstanding qualities to change the world and through Him, change it they did.  

Most of the red letter verses in the Bible are in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, but there are some red letter verses found in Acts and in Revelation.

In John 14:6 Jesus says, Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

He told us the way to salvation was through Him.

John 11:43: When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, Lazarus, come out!

Jesus spoke and Lazarus came alive and left the tomb.

Luke 23:34, Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.

Jesus asked the Father to forgive those who were crucifying Him. That’s amazing love.  

Matthew 27:46, And the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

A holy God could not look upon the sins of the word that Jesus took on when He took our place. Jesus felt the loss of God’s presence deeply, but He was faithful until death for us.  

John 19:30, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

Jesus gave up His spirit—it wasn’t taken from Him.

And in Mark 16:15, Jesus gives Christians their call to action. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

In Acts 9:15-16, Jesus sent Ananias to speak with Saul; Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.

And in Revelation 22:12, Jesus promises to return. Behold, I am coming soon, and My reward is with Me, to give to each one according to what he has done. “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. “Look, I am coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds.

The words of Jesus, printed in red, stand out, distinguishing His words from others. But for Christians red symbolizes the blood of Christ and the sacrifice He made when He poured out His blood on the cross. For you and me.

Mary Alford

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