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Luke 22:70 “On the Square”
They all asked, “Are you the Son of God?” He replied, “You are right in saying I am.”
Can you imagine the scene? “Hey Mom, I was down on the square today, and I saw this guy doing a bunch of unbelievable miracles! The guy said he was the Son of God!” How would your parents react? “Isn’t that nice Johnny,” or “Are you doing drugs, son? You’re grounded!” Of course, anyone who started hearing this kind of stuff would naturally be skeptical. They’d dismiss it. But, if they kept hearing it, they might go check it out? Is it a good magician? Is it a crazy man? Wait a minute! That guy went to school with your kids a few years ago!! If you heard a guy SAY He was the Son of Man, you would most likely think the guy was crazy too, wouldn’t you?
Sometimes when we read these stories in the Bible, we think, “How could those people see God in the flesh and not believe?” Think about what they were seeing. It didn’t add up in their minds, did it? They had to try to rationalize it! This guy didn’t do a few fancy tricks. This guy healed the sick and raised the dead. Could it be? No way! Really?? Imagine their confusion, and don’t judge them so harshly as complete idiots. We just might not want to believe either.
Yet, we’re blessed with being able to see all the stories in one place, where various witnesses all wrote down different accounts, yet they agree almost identically, in a book that survived thousands of years and is still a national best seller, a book that has been dismissed by naysayers repeatedly, but keeps getting proved accurate every time archaeologists find another historical document or artifact, a book that teaches us how to behave and act, and when we try it, it works to perfection. When we ignore it, we feel the ramifications of ignoring its advice.
I wonder if people who walked with Jesus or those of us that get to feel Him and test His advice today have more obvious evidence that Jesus is the Son of God? C’mon folks, Jesus said, “Blessed are those who don’t see and yet believe.” The Bible is right here with all the evidence we need. Just because people ignore it and don’t study it, doesn’t mean it isn’t there, right?
Don’t fight the overwhelming facts! Allow yourself to listen, learn and prove the presence of your God in your life. Once you give Jesus a fair chance, His blessing, power and presence will be as real as if He were down at the square this morning! By the way, He is!!
A personal message...
“These devotions were written to my four children, Christian, Mike, Allison and Alex. By the kids allowing these to be shared publicly, our hope is that the devotions will make a positive and eternal difference in the lives of other young people as they mature. Enjoy. Rick Isaacson”