When I was a boy, I read a book about the life of Jesus, and it really got my attention. As I thought about it, and as I thought about this Jesus guy, I really had no problem believing that He was the Son of God, and it occurred to me that I should try to be more like Him, but there was one thing about Jesus that kind of bothered me: He cheated!
To my nine-year-old mind, Jesus cheated when He went to the cross because after all, He was God… and He knew how the story was going to end; that’s cheating! It was almost as if it didn’t count if He knew all the things that He clearly knew before He allowed Himself to be taken prisoner. Gee whiz, I would do the same thing if I knew all that stuff.
Yes, to be young again…
When I was a teen, that attitude stuck with me, in fact, I didn’t really see the implication of this until I was n my 30’s; yes Jesus knew how the story ended, and He went to the cross knowing that the story wasn’t nearly over yet. He would suffer greatly for a time, and then…? Victory, honor, glory, reigning…
John says that he wrote the gospel so that many might come to believe in Him, and many have done so, but how deep is our belief? Ah yes, an uncomfortable question, surely, for some of us might believe like I used to, accepting the basic facts, and still holding something back.
My thinking changed one day when reality hit me like a freight train: Yes, Jesus knew how His story would end… and so do I know how my story ends; victory, honor, glory!
Jesus knew He would rise from the grave, and so will I.
Jesus knew He would ascend to Heaven, and so do will I.
Jesus knew He would suffer for a short time, and so will I.
Jesus knew He would reign as King of kings and Lord of lords, and I know that I am co-heir with Him.
Because Jesus knew these things, He did His Father’s will, will I do the same?
Dear reader, this is where we come to the always inconvenient question: Do we really believe that what we believe is really real?
It is one thing to accept the basic facts on an academic or theoretical level, but will we allow them to affect who we are on a fundamental level? Well, will we?
We will if we really believe that what we believe is really real.
Thank you, Don. I hadn’t thought about how we know how the story goes, but it’s true. Like you said, do we believe it’s really REAL?
I’m middle-aged now, and sometimes I wake up feeling nervous about my own mortality. Remembering how the story goes helps. Blessings!
It’s definitely a gut check when you are tested by life situations that make you decide that. Good reminder to ask ourselves.
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