DayBreaks for 3/26/14 – Could Jesus Trust Me?
John 2:23-25 (NLT) – Because of the miraculous signs Jesus did in Jerusalem at the Passover celebration, many began to trust in him. 24 But Jesus didn’t trust them, because he knew human nature. 25 No one needed to tell him what mankind is really like.
What an interesting interjection by the apostle John! John, the apostle that “Jesus loved”, was probably the closest human being to Jesus during his earthly life. There was something sympatico between Jesus and John that formed a special friendship. Apparently, John knew Jesus like no other human. He appears to have been the first of the disciples to believe after the resurrection.
There are several things that are fascinating about this passage:
FIRST: people started to trust Jesus because of his miracles. Miracles have their place and in a culture where Messiahs’s were expected (and many had come claiming to be the Messiah prior to Christ – and lost their lives for it), it was part of God’s strategy to confirm Jesus’ identity with miracles. How sad that humans needed the miracles to come to a point of trust. That tendency still hinders many from coming to Him today because He didn’t give a healing or protection that they so desperately wanted.
SECOND: “But Jesus didn’t trust them…” Does that seem hard or unkind on the part of Jesus? We tend to think that trust should be reciprocal. Yet we don’t even do that, do we? We are cautious about who we trust until they have proven themselves first. And humanity had, through the preceding millennia, proven to God that we were not trustworthy. The same would prove to be true in Jesus’ case: the ones who sang his praises shouted for his crucifixion within a week!
THIRD: Could/Would Jesus trust me? Oh, how I’d like to think that Jesus could trust me! How many of us would answer His question: “Can I trust you?” with a shouted, enthusiastic, “Yes, Lord! I won’t let you down, ever!” And in so doing, we’d be just like Peter because he said much the same thing: “I’ll never deny you, Lord!” and then he proceeded to do just that.
How many times have I betrayed him with my words, actions and thoughts? How many times have you done so?
And yet…and yet…he still calls us “friend”, brother, sister, son and daughter!
While we are untrustworthy…he is totally trustworthy…even to those who betray him!
PRAYER: We deserve neither your friendship nor your trust, Lord, for we have betrayed you over and over and over again! Help us to become more trustworthy not just to you, but to all those around us! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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