A Demand to Consider

Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

John 2:23-25 – [23] Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he was doing. [24] But Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people [25] and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man.

The multitudes that met with Jesus on that day had a biblically informed picture of Christ. He was the promised Prophet, Priest, and King. It was not their information that was incorrect but their interpretation of that information that was incorrect.  And so, their conclusion was earthly, temporal – Jesus existed to meet their demands.  They took Him up on His offer to serve – to serve them exclusively.

There are a lot of people in our day who want the same kind of “Christ.” They want someone (or something) who will just do everything for them and make no demands on their lives.  To use the contemporary proverb, “They want their cake and eat it too.” Unfortunately, their “need” for Christ does not even include deliverance – deliverance from anything. They just want Jesus to bow to their desires rather than submit to Him as King, Lord, and Master.

However, Jesus demands repentance and faith! He demands that if you follow after Him that you deny self, take up your cross, and follow Him – every day (Luke 9:23).  And we are to do so in spite of our circumstances, whether or not we are comfortable.  Just like the vows we make on our wedding day – whether rich or poor, in health and in sickness – we ought to trust in Christ to meet our needs (our real needs) and comfort our sorrows.  Remembering this – He knows the truth about you, who you are, your motives and your desires — your heart. He promises nothing to anyone who does not follow Him as He has demanded. But if you do — unlike our wedding vows, we have the promise that even death will not do us part!


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