Without a Doubt

‘At daybreak the council of the elders of the people, both the chief priests and the teachers of the law, met together, and Jesus was led before them. “If you are the Messiah,” they said, “tell us.”

Jesus answered, “If I tell you, you will not believe me, and if I asked you, you would not answer. But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.”

They all asked, “Are you then the Son of God?”

He replied, “You say that I am.”

Then they said, “Why do we need any more testimony? We have heard it from his own lips.”’ [Luke 22:66-71 NIV]

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As I read this passage last week, something stood out to me: Jesus was absolutely sure of who He was and what He had to do. There was no room for doubt.

He stood, first before the chief priests, then Pilate and then Herod. They all asked Him if He was the Messiah, the King of the Jews. In each case, He either remained silent, or confirmed His claim. And such a huge claim it was — one that was punishable by death in Jewish law.

If He knew what would befall Him by holding to this assertion that He was the Son of God, and if there were any doubt in Him, surely He would have backed down, admitted a mistake, something.

This reminds me of the statement ‘liar, lunatic or Lord,’ which was said by CS Lewis. If Christ was a liar or a lunatic, certainly He would have given in under the pressure, or at the very least, screamed against the persecution He received. But He did none of these. He quietly stood His ground and went to the cross without a fuss or fight.

My question is, do you and I have that much certainty to who He is, and to our purpose in life? Are we willing to lay down our lives for the cause, and not give in to the pressure of hardships? It’s worth a thought.

Published in: on 15th October, 2012 at 10:26 am  Comments (2)  
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Little Faith

Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done.” [Matthew 20:20-22 NIV]

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The disciples saw Jesus perform many miracles, and yet, when He had compassion on a large crowd and told them to feed the multitude, they thought it was impossible — and they had even seen Jesus miraculously feed a huge mob once before. They scratched around for food and only came up with a handful of loaves.

The Israelites saw miracle after miracle in the desert as they travelled, yet they still cried “what are we going to do?” whenever things became difficult. They went back to the thought that they would have been better off in Egypt.

To the disciples, Jesus often said, “oh, ye of little faith.” To the Israelites, God often said, “you are a stiff-necked people.” I wonder what He would say to me…

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I have been challenged over this the last few days. If the Lord is truly Number One in my life, should I not go to Him first when something goes wrong? Instead, if I or one of my children is sick or hurt, I run for the medicine cabinet. Or, if I lose something, I spend ages searching the whole house in frustration. It seems I only go to the Lord as a last resort, when I can’t fix it myself.

Should it not be the other way around? Should I not go to Him first for answers or healing? Would He shake His head at me with a loving smile and say “oh, ye of little faith”? I suspect He would. And so, I will endeavour to change my thought process and go to Him first.

What about you? Where do you go to first? Do you try to fix things yourself or with man’s solutions, or do you go straight to the Lord in prayer?

“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” [Mark 11:24 NIV]

Published in: on 13th March, 2012 at 9:45 am  Comments (2)  
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