“You study the scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.” John 5:39-40
I have so enjoyed being on a teaching team studying the life of Jesus from the harmony of the gospels. As I have studied it has hit me over and over how Jesus dealt with the Jewish leaders and teachers. As the scripture above states from His response to their persecution over healing on the Sabbath, He tells them so much about who He is. Over and over as they resent Him, try to discredit Him, persecute Him and eventually send Him to the cross He continues to share and make clear His deity and purpose and how it is the fulfillment of the many prophecies regarding the Messiah from the Law they considered themselves to be experts in.
Jesus’ love and compassion and the way He gives them the truth but always gives them opportunities to believe amazes me. These are the ones who should have loved Jesus more! They are the ones who had the Word so deeply rooted in their lives they should have immediately recognized who He was. He just didn’t look like what they thought He should. He didn’t do the things they thought He should. Do you have someone in your life like that? Do they miss who you really are because they think or want you to be something else. Are they so critical of who you aren’t that they miss loving you for who you are?
We have an awesome opportunity to grow in knowing God. When we see how He interacts with the Pharisees we can know how to interact with these people in our lives. We can never give up on them or the relationship we have with them. We can listen to their criticism and continue to love them and want them to know who we are. We can be who we are without compromising our spiritual values and purposes. We can search out God’s Word to see what He does with those who don’t love Him or don’t love Him as they should. I confess that is me sometimes! So much of the time I love myself more than Him in actions and deeds.
I am so glad we are on this journey together! I would love to hear what God is showing you about who He is from His Word! Keep on growing in knowing God! Blessings my sweet friends!