I suppose most Christians have a favorite Bible verse – some folks call it their “life” verse – the one that they have memorized for inspiration and support. The more I read the Bible the more difficult it is to nail it down to just one verse.
Bryan Ballas at the Juicy Ecumenism Blog recently wrote about how John 10:30 is the “Best Verse Ever.” People often mention verses from John’s Gospel as a favorite verse but I think this is the first time I have ever heard of John 10:30 being chosen. It is only six words in length – but Ballas is right, what six words they are! Jesus is speaking and he says, “I and the Father are One.”
Ballas notes that this verse:
- It refutes the heretical claims of Islam and the Jehovah’s Witnesses who say that Jesus Christ was only a man who never claimed godhood.
- It helps to speak to the Trinitarian nature of faith — and against the heresy of the Unitarians.
- It also ties Jesus to the inspiration of all of Scripture — since John 10:30 informs us that Jesus is God and in Timothy 3:16-17 Paul tells us that all scripture is “God breathed” — thus ultimately all Scripture (Old and New Testaments) ultimately came from Jesus, rather than men.
- That also means that this verse is the ultimate antidote to the religious left and their emphasis on the teachings of Jesus in the Gospels to the detriment of the rest of Scripture. This is commonly known as “red letter Christianity” – wherein the most important words are the “red letter” ones in the Gospels and the rest of the Bible is of lesser importance. (In 2006 President Obama demonstrated this “red letter” view of the Bible in his support for same-sex civil unions when he said, “If people find that controversial, then I would just refer them to the Sermon on the Mount, which I think is, in my mind, for my faith more central than an obscure passage in Romans.” He was referring to: Romans 1:26-27 – hardly an obscure passage.)
Ballas concludes by saying, “In the end John 10:30 is to be treasured because it helps us understand that the real picture of Jesus is found in the totality of scriptures rather than in just the four gospels. Recognition of this fact is vital to fighting heresy, both in the church and in the political arena.” Pretty good reason for considering this verse his favorite.
Know what your favorite is and why? One author put up a list of his favorites – all 20 of them. The Bible Gateway website might be able to help you – it has a list of the 100 most read Bible verses on its website (they have a great website for looking up Bible passages, I use it all the time.) Maybe you can find one there.
Still don’t have a favorite? The folks at Crosswalk.com can help you for sure. They have a short quiz you can take and it will suggest a Bible verse just for you. I took the quiz and here’s what they suggested for me: “…they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
I like it!!