What does it mean to believe in Jesus?

Welcome back to the Blessed Blog! I am super happy that you are willing to spend a little portion of the day with me and my thoughts. 

Today I wanted to discuss what it actually means to be a follower of Jesus. More specifically why is it that we Christians believe He was the Messiah. 

I want to start by looking at John 2:13-15;

"When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple courts, he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables."

These verses are very descriptive and certainly telling of how angry Jesus must have been with the people doing these sort of things outside the temple- the house of God.

Just imagine what these people must have thought when they saw this and what they must have thought about Him. Their expectations of the Messiah would probably not allow for such a furious one. If they did not fully know and understand the Word of God, they would have found it a little tricky to recognise Jesus as the Son of God.

Bear with me, I do have a point. Looking at Mark 3:21;

"When his family heard about this they went to take charge for him [Jesus], for they said, "He is out of his mind."

So in the above verses we saw what the people must have thought of Jesus. In this verse, we see what His very own family thought! Even they found it difficult to believe Him, and the question we must ask ourselves is- why?

Let's look at John 8:48;

"The Jews answered him, "Aren't we right in saying that you are a Samaritan and demon possessed?"

What do we see here? We see Jews, the people that were reading the Old Testament where Jesus was very clearly prophesised, thought about Him. They indeed thought He was possessed. The question we must ask ourselves is- why did these people not recognise Him? They were reading about Him, waiting for Him, expecting Him. So when this all came to be, why was it so difficult for them to realise?

Just look at how many disciples Jesus had- 12. Not very many. A lot of people didn't believe. We surely do not want to make the same mistakes as them, so as Christians, part of diligently seeking God, must be learning from the mistakes our God has recorded for us in such detail. It would be foolish of us not to!

When you're walking behind a person towards two doors, and the person in front of you walks to the left one but its closed, you seeing this, are you now going to walk over to the left door to try it?

No! You learned from the mistake of the person before you that the left door is closed, therefore you should walk over to the right one. 

Another question we should be asking ourselves then is surely "How did the disciples recognise Him?"

Let's look at Isaiah 55:8-9;

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth so are my way higher than your ways, and my thoughts higher than your thoughts."

The key to understanding God, is not relying on your own understanding. This is something that became very apparent in my journey to God. 

If someone says something to you, and you don't understand, you don't ask a third party for clarification. You go and ask the person who said it originally, because only they can explain their intention.

In my opinion, one of the factors that led to the people not recognising Jesus as prophesised was because they were relying and interpreting Scripture through their ways and thoughts and expectations. 

Looking at John 1:1;

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."

God's Word is so much more powerful and meaningful than ours- it is a heaven and earth difference. 

One thing I learned on my journey is that if I don't understand something, I pray and ask and somehow, sooner rather later it comes to me, by the grace of God.

Looking at John 1:45;

"Philip found Nathaniel and told him, "We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote- Jesus of Nazareth the son of Joseph."

The disciples must have not been leaning on their own understanding and interpretations. They knew the Word, they believed the Word, they understood the Word, so when the Word came to be they saw it.

They knew the prophecies and recognised their fulfilment. 

We are told that Jesus is going to return a second time- this is a promise. As we all know, God never breaks His promises. 

Look at Matthew 25:13;

"Therefore keep watch, for you do not know the day nor the hour."

We do not know the day or the time, but we know that He is. As the Bible says, He came to His own people and His own rejected him. 

We must learn from their mistakes and be ready for the second coming.

Ending on 1 Corinthians 10:11;

"These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come."

 

 

 

All Blessings,

Michael

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