Nov 19, 2019
Good Morning Fellow Travelers,
Read: John 6:60-66
Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name when they saw the signs which He did. But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men, and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man. (Joh 2:23-25)
Maybe you will be as shocked by John 2:23 – 25 as I was the first time I read these verses. We hardly dare to think that there is a limit to Christ’s commitment to men. How can this be when He has said many times that He was fully committed to providing salvation for all mankind? Read John 1:29, John 4:13-14, and John 5:24.
It seems that Jesus’ lack of commitment to his audience had to do with what He knew they were thinking. He knew their pretense, their hypocrisy, and their falsehood. One has to wonder if the greatest reason for the lethargy of too many Christians and churches is the noncommittal of Christ to them. He knows too much about their convoluted motives to bless them.
Maybe you profess to know Christ as Savior but refuse to own Him as Lord of all your life. Maybe you teach Sunday school, lead in prayer and singing, and leave the impression that you are holy when, if the truth were known, you deny the Lord daily by looking at porn sites and feeding on the unrestrained lusts of your flesh, living like the devil. Maybe you even cause others to fall into the same sins.
Do you really think that Christ is willing to be committed to your charade and facade of holiness? There is only one way to find Christ committed to us, and that is through His willingness to forgive a repentant heart. Christ loves to forgive sincere people.
Willing ignorance will not cut it. Is there a big difference between what we should know and what we don’t know? That is unjustifiable. Rebellion is reason enough for Christ’s lack of commitment to us.
We can hide nothing from Christ. So, let us be transparent. If your prayers are not answered, He is probably that One whom you hear knocking just now, wanting entrance. Open the door, and let Him in.
~ James Baer ~