From the DayBreaks archive dated 2/13/2004:
DayBreaks for 2/14/14 – God Is On the Loose In Him
John 2:24 (NIV) – But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all men.
In context, Jesus had just told those who hated him that he would rebuild the temple in 3 days time (referring to his body), and they had responded in a rather mocking way. Rather than explaining himself to them, he kept silent, for he knew what was truly in their hearts. They didn’t seek to understand – only to find reasons to be done with the Christ.
But how would Jesus deal with you and I? Should he entrust himself to us any more than to those so long ago? He still knows what is within each one of us – the good, the bad and the indifferent. He knows that we are oftentimes very lackadaisical about things which deserve the greatest attention (such as spending time with our children and teaching them God’s word), and yet we are very passionate about things much less important (like finding the time for golf or fishing or shopping – even though we can’t find the time to be with our family). He knows that we may be angrier about someone cutting us off in traffic than we are about Saddam Hussein when he gassed thousands of Kurds in northern Iraq. And, he knows that we are happier and more excited about winning a chess match or game of bridge than hearing that the hungry have been fed in Ethiopia. Is it any wonder that Jesus doesn’t entrust himself to mankind?
But, are we really any different? To what extent do we entrust ourselves to Him? Mark Buchanan, in Your God is Too Safe, put it well: We don’t entrust ourselves to Jesus. Because we half-know what’s in the Man. Jesus is not fickle, but He’s unpredictable. God is on the loose through Him. We don’t mind the magician’s tricks – water into wine, bread crumbs and fish bones into banquet, lame men into dancers, mute ones into minstrels – but these field marshal commands of His – “Follow Me!” – we can do without.
What would Jesus do if we fully entrusted ourselves to Him and had a heart after the things that He loves and desires? Maybe a better question is what wouldn’t Jesus do if we entrusted ourselves fully to Him? The idea, however, is not to get Jesus to do “tricks” – the idea is to have the deepest, most intimate personal relationship with Him. And it is only when we fully trust Him – and when He can fully trust us – that such a relationship can occur.
PRAYER: Help us learn to trust you fully, Lord! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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