January 30, 2018
Luke 20:20… So they watched Him and sent spies, who pretended to be sincere, that they might catch Him in something He said, so as to deliver Him up to the authority and jurisdiction of the governor.
This verse triggered a thought in my mind, this morning. It comes from the phrase, “Who pretended to be sincere” .
Last week, I considered this thought, “Christians are trying to live the Christian life without knowing Christ.” It is not an obvious problem; it is subtle. Mostly, they, we, know about Christ, but we don’t know Him. Think about the number of people you know who will talk convincingly about Donald Trump but they don’t actually know him; they know stuff about him and they draw conclusions from what they know. How many of us are guilty of that with Jesus?
We have read about Him or heard about something He has done, and we go with that. From the earliest of times, God offered us the dynamic of knowing Him. When Jesus was here, He showed us that it is a two way street. He said to the pretenders, “Depart from me; I never knew you.”
James 4:8…Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
We initiate the relationship and He completes it. That has been His desire from the beginning. Since He created us, He is the initiator; we are responders.
It is human nature to be so enamored with the created that we forget the creator. God called us back to Himself. He continues to call us. That is where He wants us… with Him in unity. And that is where He meets us. Jesus gave us a visible meeting place… at the cross. That horrific event in history gives us a visual of our meeting place with God. It is the place where Jesus conquered death. Death looms before each of us as the end of life. Jesus took away that fear and offered eternal life. Our creator has made a way for us to be with God forever. Shall we celebrate or shall we argue about what it means? Human desire is to be right; so we argue. God’s desire is that we are grateful.
The word, “pretended” triggered this blog entry and I don’t know if it is accurate. I’m not sure that anyone is pretending; but we might be faking it. Is there a difference? Get to know Jesus! Don’t settle for a pile of facts about Him.