You’ve probably seen the red letter Bible — in fact, you probably own one. These Bibles place all of Jesus’ words in prominent red letters in order to stand out from all the other recorded words in Scripture. This is obviously a man-made introduction to Scripture, along with the chapter/verse breaks and chapter/paragraph headings.
Jesus was the Son of God. It’s understandable that reading Jesus’ words – what our Savior actually said – might garner special attention or cause one to sit up and take notice. However, maybe it was for that very reason that Jesus never wrote anything down? That is an interesting fact. Imagine the homage that might be paid to a Gospel or Epistle written in Jesus’ own hand?
There could be some other unintended consequences with emphasis on Jesus’ words as in the Red Letter Bible. A few of these are called out in this external post, “The Problem with Red Letter Bibles” from the Gentleman Theologian. For example, creating a canon within a canon.
So, are Jesus’ words more important than other Scripture?