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Can Jesus Believe In Me?

There’s another interesting passage of Scripture in John 2:23f. The occasion was a Passover Feast in Jerusalem. Jesus had been doing miraculous signs among the people there. The text tells us that many people saw the miraculous signsand believed in His Name. Then come the words I did not expect to see. Of those “believers” it is said that Jesus did not entrust Himself to them, for He knew all men. The Greek word for believed in verse 23 and entrust in verse 24 are exactly the same Greek word. In other words these Passover worshipers believed in Jesus, but Jesus did not believe in them! Why? Because He knew their hearts, or as John 2:25 says, …He knew what was in a man. It’s not enough to be excited by the works of Jesus Christ, is it? A person may admire Christ…speak well of Him…pray to Him…and even sing hymns of praise to Him and yet live life at a far distance from Him (see Mark 7:6ff). Listen, please, don’t twist the meaning of this text so that you carry away the idea that we have to measure up to some high standard we cannot attain in order for Jesus to “believe” in us. That’s not at all the point! We don’t have it in us to “measure up.” That’s why Jesus came and why He died and rose again…in order to save us from everything that we can’t save ourselves from. But we can, by insincerity, by simply loving our evil too much, or by just not giving a hang, disqualify ourselves from the saving work of our Lord. Now that’s a tragedy He has done all He can do to avoid. But sometimes, too many times, even the highest love that mankind has ever been shown loses. And that’s not love’s fault! That’s sin’s fault…and the sinner’s fault!

The Hebrew letter says this (10:39): But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved. If our hearts are touchable, surely they are touched with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And if His Story doesn’t touch your heart, He can give you a new heart…if you are willing. Let’s be the sort of believers that our Savior can believe in!

 

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  1. Gail Oakes on said:

    Let us not shrink back from Jesus. You know sometimes when a lot of rough stuff is going on and you have been trying to be a Christian and Love God & Jesus you can just feel like “what is the use of trying”. Does it matter that I have been trying to do good things and helping where I can.

    But got to “tell Satan to back off” and not back off from the great Love God and Jesus has for us. I know the feeling of weary and tired but I also know what I have learned over the years that God is So Good and he has given me plenty of love and encouragement from my family and family of God. I have seen with my own eyes the great gifts of caring and love for me and my family.

    So you cannot give up when the winds from the storm get really rough or the rocky roads. God says we can have “an Anchor” that holds us during this time if we will be reminded of what he has told us in his Word. Jesus is our Anchor and Fortress in these times of Life. I know it and hope we all don’t forget it.

    He will never leave us or forsake us. I love this sentence in the book of Hebrews.
    But we are human and get tired and God knows it but let us put our minds back on what God has taught during our Life. DON’T EVER SHRINK BACK in the one who can totally help like no other. No matter how all others try no one can help us like God and Jesus. Talk to Him a lot when the ugly of life raises it’s head. He does hear us I know it.

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