Friday, December 21, 2012
Welcome to Day 355 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
John 9:30, “Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes.” (This man was born blind… See verse 1.)
John 10:11, “I am the good shepherd.”
19 “The Jews who heard these words were again divided. 20 Many of them said, ‘He is demon-possessed and raving mad. Why listen to him?’ 21 But others said, ‘These are not the sayings of a man possessed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?'”
John 11:21, “‘Lord,’ Martha said to Jesus, ‘if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.'”
Interesting what Jesus said about himself, and what others said about him.
“Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes.”
People are rarely neutral about Jesus.
They either are believers, or not…
Here Jesus had just healed a man born blind. Yet they were questioning where he had come from… not “Nazareth” but in a larger sense. (That he had come from God.) They were more concerned that Jesus had “broken the Sabbath” than the fact he had performed an amazing, creative miracle! They were upset that Jesus was stealing their thunder…
Imagine a man getting healed, who was born blind! And they are struggling over who he is and how he did it??
In yesterday’s blog, I was pondering why some people believe, and others don’t.
I don’t think there’s a simple answer for this.
Is it upbringing?
Is it hardness of heart?
Is it our society? That “whatever you believe” is ok?
Is it that no one properly shared the message in a way one could understand or hear it?
This is an amazing time of year, when the focus is on the Christ child. (This should make Ricky Bobby happy.)
Many people will attend Christmas eve services all over the world and hear the message of how God sent his only son to die for us.
Some will pass off the message and walk away…
Some will want to hear more…
Others will believe and follow him.
I have no idea really what causes one to believe and another to turn away… all I know is, Jesus said,
“I know my sheep… and my sheep know me.”
He made a way for all of us to know him…
Lord, I thank you that you are the Good Shepherd. Thank you for laying your life down for me.