September 28, 2018
Luke 19:48… but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people were hanging on His words.
The chief priests and the Scribes and the Elders were seeking to catch Jesus in a lie or a blasphemy against God so they could have Him killed. But notice what constrained them… “all the people were hanging on His words.” Have you ever been that way? Have I? Would it ever be said of us? Jesus did not have a sign over his head saying, “This is God.” In fact, the religious leaders were saying, “This is an imposture.” Against that back drop, all the people were hanging on His words. About 2000 years later, we sit around and argue about what He meant.
On the positive side of this discussion, Requiring proof is our way of establishing Truth. On the negative side, Jesus is Truth. If He said it, it is Truth. Who are we to argue or attempt to prove Him? Some of the arguments that have plagued the churches, through the years, and still do, for that matter, are humans looking for a marriage between God’s words and man’s desires. The Bible is explicit: our thoughts are not God’s thoughts and our ways are not His ways. And we are not to be unequally yoked. When we try to establish common ground between God’s thoughts and ours, we err. We are presently disadvantaged by the fact that we can’t walk up to Jesus and ask Him the meaning of a particular parable; but, we are advantaged in that we have the whole Bible to look through to find Truth. And, if we study the Bible honestly, we know that we can, in fact, ask Jesus what something means and He will show us. All of that is possible by the indwelling Holy Spirit.
I admit a weakness. I am one who wants to know why? That inquisitiveness leads me into questioning God. I don’t do it to challenge Him; I just do it out of inquisitiveness. My searching is a form of, “Show me!” Using a worldly colloquialism, I am saying, “I’ll believe it when I see it.” That was the statement of Doubting Thomas. Jesus responded, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.”
I rephrase the statement, “I’ll see it when I believe it.” Try it.