“Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.” Matthew 11:7.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: 1 Samuel 28-29, Psalm 109, and Matthew 11.
Jesus was not the Messiah folks expected.
Many read the undercurrents in the Old Testament to mean that the Messiah would change the world for the better using force. Jesus never took control of any place. In fact, He was driven from places.
Despite the wonderful miracles He performed, the crowds had no vision of Him being a conquering hero.
And because Jesus was not what they expected, they stumbled. Meaning? They let their own vision of the Messiah dismiss Jesus as the Messiah. They stumbled over who He actually was.
You look at the number of different denominations and you can be certain that stumbling is taking place. An outline of who Jesus is gets set in stone and who Jesus actually is gets missed.
I must find Jesus as He really is. I must study/learn about what He stood for. I cannot be carried along by godless traditions of well-meaning folks. “If you do this, you’re okay. If you don’t do this, you’re not okay.”
Some things are absolutes and we must believe them to belong to Him. However, sometimes the frosting on the believer’s cake can come in different colors and flavors. The cake itself, however, must be set in absolutes.
“Lord, I beg to understand You better. I do not want to miss You and what You stand for. I do not want to stumble because I have a view that is godless. Prick my conscience. Expose to me my weaknesses. I want to repent of my sins. I ask Your Holy Spirit to cleanse me of the sins in my life that I am unaware of. O Father, I am so needy!”
Are you dissatisfied with Jesus? Many in His day were. They thought that force would be His calling card; instead, love was.
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