28 Then Jesus said to them, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things. 29 And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.” 30 As He spoke these words, many believed in Him.
Everyone has the ability to believe something new that comes across their path. The ability to believe something new usually lies in both the new information presented and in the person presenting it. For nearly 1500 years the Jews had followed and rebelled and followed and rebelled against the Law given by God to Moses. They knew this Law to be true and they knew it to be from God. A good Jew and all Pharisees memorized the first five books of the Law so that knowing the Law they could strive to keep it at some level.
When Jesus came He brought new information. Jesus never contradicted the Law but brought a new message from God regarding the Law. Jesus brought a message of love and compassion to a people bound by judgment and corruption. Jesus spoke with a new authority, His own. He spoke the words of God Himself and the words made sense. He stood for the purification of the Temple and the just keeping of the Law with a heart of love. (He had just forgiven the woman taken in adultery while shaming her accusers.)
Nonetheless, Jesus was bringing truth to the people. They had trouble believing Jesus but Jesus kept teaching them. Day after day He taught them and day after day they watched Him. Jesus cared for people with a care different from anyone they had ever seen. He showed compassion all the time and as they watched and listened many believed in Him.
People are watching you and me all the time. We are speaking truth into their lives by our words and by our lives. This is new truth to them. It goes against all other “truths” that they have been taught. As the people in Jesus day, they are watching our lives. How do we work, how do we care, how do we show compassion, are we consistently living this truth in our own lives? We could ask, do those around us see Jesus in us? If they are to believe the message of the gospel that we long for them to believe, they must see Christ in us.
Tonight is our Wednesday night prayer and Bible study. We will be praying specifically for VBS during our prayer time. I would ask that all of you who are serving in VBS join us for prayer time at 7:00. Even if you cannot stay for the Bible study, come and pray with us. If God is going to open hearts next week it will be by His grace and we are pleading with Him to do just that.
Please keep my neighbor in your prayers. He is 80 and his health is just not coming back. Most of all he needs Christ.
Have a great day in the Lord,