He was talking to God’s people. But they did not understand who He was. This must have been frustrating to Jesus. John put it this way, “He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him” (John 1:10-11). They did not understand what He was saying. But Jesus kept talking to them anyway.
One thing in particular He said to the Jews is very intriguing. In John 5:39 He explained, “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.” The spiritual leaders of Israel read God’s book and yet they missed Jesus. It made me wonder if you and I ever do the same?
While trying to find out from the Bible how to obey God do we forget we are saved by the grace and power of the cross?
While searching the Scriptures for the will of God do we forget how much He loves us?
When reading about the church of the New Testament, do we understand that it was because these early disciples wanted to suffer like Jesus suffered that they were even willing to die for their faith?
Whenever we read the Bible, are we looking at it as a self-help book, or are we instead simply in awe of the scheme of redemption that included the death, burial and resurrection of the Son of God?
Have we, through our study and practice, ritualized worship and Bible study and prayer and thus trivialized Jesus?
He was the Son of God. He was right there in front of them. He was talking to God’s people about God’s love and eternal plan. But they had their noses so deep in the Law and their hearts so steeped in their human traditions, that they missed out on Jesus!
May God help us, that when we open up His word we never fail to see the Word who became flesh and dwelt among us! If we miss Jesus, we miss everything.
“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.” – Hebrews 2:9
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