In the days leading up to Passover, Jesus taught at the temple. At every turn, the religious leaders challenged His authority. Daily, they asked a barrage of questions, challenging Jesus’ divine nature as God’s Son, challenging his authority and knowledge of scripture.
At each turn Jesus either had an answer for them or He would pose a question to their question. I imagine the frustration was mounting on all sides. The religious leaders were frustrated because they wanted Jesus to convict himself by his own words, but I also imagine the disciples and followers were frustrated with Jesus as well. They wanted Him to speak up, to defend himself, to show His power, and make a statement.
Take a moment to read some of the questioning:
Imagine yourself in the temple, the tension, the animosity towards Jesus and his followers. Put yourself in the shoes of a disciple. I’d be a little fearful, all these questions and Jesus, my teacher, is not giving a solid answer. I would want to walk right up to him as say, could you speak in plain language so everyone can understand.
But Jesus saw the bigger picture. He knew what was coming and was ready to walk upon the path God had laid before HIm, the path to the cross. He knew the religious leaders didn’t want the truth, their hearts were hardened to who Jesus was and why He was there. The religious leaders were acting out of fear. If Jesus was who he said he was, the religious leaders were no longer needed, they would lose all their power and prestige in society and they did not like it.
Being authentic is not easy in todays society. How often do we shy away from proclaiming ourselves as followers of Christ? How often do we speak up for what we believe? I have let opportunities pass me by when later I wish I would have seized the opportunity and proclaimed my belief in Jesus. I have missed opportunities to share my heart with others, but now, for whatever reason, I am becoming bolder to share my love for Jesus. Why now? Maturity perhaps, or even age, but the answer lies more in my willingness to abide and listen to the Holy Spirit. I am more responsive.
In what ways are you responding to the love of Jesus?
How is your life defined by your faith?
Back to the scriptures above, In Matthew 22:37-39, Jesus gives the greatest commandment about love. Everything He had done and what He would endure for us all hinges on Love. His love for you and me is authentic. His love for you knows no boundaries. It cannot be contained. He wants to give you every opportunity to come to know Him personally. (2 Peter 3:9)
Do you know Jesus? If not, what do you believe about Him?
Easter is the perfect time to learn more about the love of Jesus for you. Read about His life in the book of John or read my post on Jesus.
As you read about Jesus, ask Him to reveal Himself to you, to open your heart and mind to His love so you can experience a peace and joy like you’ve never experienced before.