The Greatest Library

     Libraries can be found just about any place we may be.  In them are volumes of collected information on just about any subject.  The number of books filling all the libraries in the world is unimaginable.  Now, think about this:  What if every library were filled with books pertaining to one person or subject?  According to John, that would be a possibility.

      Speaking of Jesus John wrote, “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written.”  John 21:25 

      That is some statement is it not?  All the libraries in the world could not hold the books it would take to tell about the Lord Jesus Christ.  That thought attests to the greatness of Jesus Christ and the volume of His works.  Could it be that the innumerable things of Jesus that were not written will be learned throughout our heavenly life?

      There are some great libraries in the world with shelves crammed with books containing man’s knowledge of himself, his works and his world.  If I may exercise literary liberty, I say the greatest library in the world is contained within not walls, but the covers of one book – the Bible.  It consists of sixty six separate books canonized into one book making it a library (of sort) authored by God.

      The Bible as a library (collection of books) is small, just 66 books, but it is the greatest library the world will ever see.  No book on any shelf in any library matches the supernaturalness of the Bible.  For example: The Bible was written by no less than forty authors over a period of fifteen hundred years or more.  Yet it fits perfectly together with no contradiction of thought or factual mistake. 

      The books in a library offer information on any subject one chooses which may be accurate or inaccurate, current or outdated and worthwhile or worthless.  All information in the sixty six books of the Bible pertains to just one subject – Jesus Christ and the salvation of God.  Necessarily we learn more about the existence and state of humanity from the Bible than all the books written by man.  God’s books reveal to all mankind their need for redemption and how to obtain it. 

      God’s library, the Bible, has something that no earthly library has which is permanency – it is forever.  How can that be?  “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever.”  Hebrews 13:8. If Jesus changes not then the Word about Him cannot change.  “But the word of the Lord endureth for ever.”  I Peter 1:25.  Whereas, the information in man’s books will become outdated God’s Word will remain always current, true and applicable to us.

      Let us remember this truth.  One day all the books in all the libraries in the world will be incinerated.  Peter tells us that one day the earth and everything in it will be burned.  II Peter 3:10. The days of man and his knowledge will be over, BUT NOT THE WORD OF GOD.  “For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.”  Psalms 119:89. We may make use of books in libraries in living our earthly lives but for the life hereafter we must frequently visit the greatest library – the Bible – the Word of God.