I don’t know why it has take almost 30 years for me to figure this out. However, I am glad I did. Recently, I started reading the scriptures TO Jesus. I started replacing names and references to Jesus with “you” as I read it out loud to Him. Instead of reading this:
For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son
I read it to Christ like this:
For Father loved us so much that he gave us you
It has had a radical impact on my understanding of the scriptures. Jesus no longer takes a passive role as one of the characters in the story. Rather my understanding of his realness, his immediacy is heightened as we converse over this amazing literature.