Barclay on Jesus as a living presence

Jesus is not a figure in a book but a living presence. It is not enough to study the story of Jesus like the life of any other great historical figure. We may begin that way but we must end by meeting him. Jesus is not a memory but a presence…Jesus is not someone to discuss so much as someone to meet. The Christian life is not the life of a man who knows about Jesus, but the life of a man who knows Jesus…the greatest scholar in the world who knows everything about Jesus is less than the humblest Christian who knows him.
— William Barclay, The Gospel of Mark, The Daily Study Bible Series, on Mark 16:9