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What Is True For Your May Not Be True – Part 6

Published on 1/15/2016
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What Is True For Your May Not Be True - Part 6
What Did Jesus Do?


    As has been said in earlier installments of this series, if Jesus was just another individual to come along who introduced some interesting teachings, then we need not give him any more consideration than any of the many other teachers who came before or after him. However, if the accounts given in the Bible are accurate, then He was the actual God who created everything that was ever created, and He came in the flesh to live for a time as a human being in the midst of mankind.


    If Jesus was indeed God come in the flesh, then it could be expected that He would do things that other men could not do. Not just unusual things, but truly extraordinary things. Miraculous things. Not just things like lengthening a short leg, or getting people to feel better, but things like giving sight to those who were blind, even from birth. Giving strength instantly to a paralyzed man so that he could not only walk but even carry the stretcher that his friends had used to carry him around on. Maybe even raising individuals back to life who had died. Such accounts are given repeatedly in the accounts of His life.


    Regarding what is written about those who Jesus brought back to life, some people might suggest that maybe those people weren't really dead. Maybe they were just in a deep coma, which they suddenly came out of right when Jesus spoke to them or touched them.


    Of course, that explanation can't be used very well when it came to Lazarus. (You can read about in John 11:1-13) When Lazarus became sick, his sisters sent word to Jesus because they believed that He could heal him. But when their message was delivered to Jesus, He intentionally stayed in the place where He was for two more days, before begining the trek to the town where Lazarus resided. By the time Jesus arrived, Lazarus had died and been in the tomb for four days.

    When Jesus did finally arrive at the tomb, He commanded that the stone covering its entrance be taken away. His command was complied with, although with reluctance, because doing so would release the stench of the decaying corpse. And then, with a loud voice (perhaps so everybody in the crowd could hear), Jesus cried out, “Lazarus, come out!”


   What happened? Lazarus came out, still bound in the burial cloths, which were quickly removed. Many who saw it became believers in Jesus that very day.

    When word of this extraordinary miraculous event was reported to the Pharisees and priests, rather than rejoice, they determined they must find a way to bring about the death of Jesus, lest so many people come to believe in him and follow him, that the Romans occupying their land would decide to take severe action against the nation and its people.


    Healing people, and even restoring life to ones who had died, are not the only extraordinary things that are recorded about what Jesus did. There are even accounts, like the one in the 8th chapter of Luke, that tell of the power He had over nature.


One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, "Let us go across to the other side of the lake." So they set out, and as they sailed he fell asleep. And a wind storm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water and were in danger. And they went and woke him, saying, "Master, Master, we are perishing!" And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm. He said to them, "Where is your faith?" And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, "Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?"
(Luk 8:22-25) ESV

   Although some of the disciples were experienced fishermen who knew how to handle a boat during storm, this storm was so violent that they became certain they were doomed. They woke Jesus up from His nap. He then rebuked the wind and the raging waves.

    When He did so, what happened was not that the storm eased up somewhat. What it says regarding the wind and the waves was that they ceased, and there was a calm. In all their days, those disciples had never seen such a thing.

   The disciples' respsonse was “And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, "Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?" In a moment they went from being afraid of the storm to being afraid of who was this man, this teacher. They'd known He could heal miraculously. They'd known He could multiple a few loaves and fishes to feed thousands of people. But they'd had no idea He could even cause a raging storm to obey Him.

    If these accounts of Jesus are true, then it is not appropriate for us to think of Him as just a “good teacher” or a “buddy” or “genie” who exists to grant all our wishes. We ought to have a fearful respect and awe of who He is, and what He has said to us in His Word.

    I encourage you to read what is written in the Bible. Don't just assume you know what it says. Take the time to read it, and study it, and ponder what it says. You can read the Bible in printed form, or download it onto your computer from sites such as eSword, or read and study it online at sites such as Biblia.com.

    See for yourself what is written in the Word of God. It could be the most important thing you will ever read. It could be the very truth of God.

    Thank you for taking time to read this.  (If you'd like to read the previous installments of this series, you can click Part 1Part 2, Part 3Part 4, and Part 5 to get to them.)

 

 

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