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Trust in God!

Jesus continues speaking to those surrounding Him in the Treasury. The crowd was growing in the Temple’s Court of the Women as He taught.

John 8:21 MSG

“Then he went over the same ground again. “I’m leaving and you are going to look for me, but you’re missing God in this and are headed for a dead end. There is no way you can come with me.”

The religious leaders continued to harass and heckle Him, attempting to make Him look bad by questioning His motives and the words He is speaking. ‘So, is he going to kill himself? Is that what he means by ‘You can’t come with me?’ The questions and motives reveal their derision at His teachings and His claims. Jesus goes on to explain His position. He tells them that they are stuck in the mundane, the rules that they use to govern their lives. By only focusing on their rules and regulations, they are missing the more meaningful aspects of what He is teaching them. ‘I told you that you were missing God in all this. You’re at a dead end. If you won’t believe I am who I say I am, you’re at the dead end of sins. You’re missing God in your lives.’ Words that are clear are again answered with harassment. ‘Just who are you anyway?’

Jesus replies with compassion. We can most certainly hear His heart in His words. He tells them that they are missing God. They are going to miss out on the best thing that God has ever thought of for His people, Himself. ‘I have so many things to say that concern you, judgments to make that affect you, but if you don’t accept the trustworthiness of the One who commanded my words and acts, none of it matters. That is who you are questioning—not me but the One who sent me.’ As simply as possible, Jesus explains that by not trusting in His words, that they are distrusting The Father.

It is God Almighty, Jesus is speaking His words. God is the One whose word is being questioned. They didn’t understand. They had all the facts they needed. They had Jesus, in the flesh, standing in front of them, speaking from His heart into their hearts, and they didn't understand. They were standing in front of the Glory of God and looking right at His promise and yet, they were not able to see Him or hear Him.

‘When you raise up the Son of Man, then you will know who I am—that I’m not making this up, but speaking only what the Father taught me. The One who sent me stays with me. He doesn’t abandon me. He sees how much joy I take in pleasing him.' When you raise up the Son of Man. Was He speaking to His coming crucifixion, with His body raised up before them. His resurrection that raises Him from the dead into the new life. His assentation that raises Him up to sit at the right hand of God. Either of these senerios are pertainant and will impact their and our lives in ways that change the world. The words He spoke that day, changes so many from lost to redeemed, as they accepted and believed in the Son of God. They did not miss out on the best thing God has ever thought of for His people. Jesus, Himself. Don't miss out on God's promised Messiah. He is standing right in front of you, and speaking from His heart into your heart. Just like those who believed that day, accept His words and trust in His promise.

Trust in God

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