“54 Coming to his hometown, he began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed. “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?” they asked. 55 “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? 56 Aren’t all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” 57 And they took offense at him.
But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town and in his own home.”
58 And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.”
So true isn’t it? How often do we let our ‘picture’ of Jesus get in the way of letting us experience Jesus for who he is. Jesus’ neighbors had a preconceived notion that Jesus was a carpenter’s boy. They let this image get in the way of his ‘new’ identity: the fact that he was (and is) the Christ. They couldn’t mold the deity picture to the carpenter boy picture. If only they had done it backwards it would have worked. If they had seen Christ as a deity first and not as a carpenter first they could have painted the picture together and may have been able to find everlasting life. I wonder how often we cannot accept something because of our lack of perspective and how often we let God be smaller than he really is. I heard someone say that if you do not believe that God could have created the universe (agnostic speaking) then your [idea of] God is too small.
In verse one, Jesus warns his disciples of false theologies, salvations, and leaders. They are the ones who bypass the gate and climb in some other way. These men, women and ideas are thieves and robbers.
Then Jesus goes on (verse 3) to describe how his disciples will know him. “He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out [of the sheep pen].” But, he goes on to say that the sheep follow him, “because they know his voice”. This is very important, because it reminds us that we need to passionately pursue Christ’s voice. We need to learn to listen and recognize his voice.
In verse five, Jesus says that his sheep “will never follow a stranger”. This is because they will “not recognize a stranger’s voice”. Rather than being confident that you will never follow a stranger, we should focus on following Jesus. For if we can recognize his voice, we will recognize the fallacy in the stranger’s voice. Therefore we should test every teaching and “hold on to what is good, [and] reject every kind of evil” (1 Thes. 5:21-22).
In verse seven, Jesus essentially states that He is the only way to heaven. There can be no multiple ways to get to heaven because everyone must “[enter] through me” and he who does this “will be saved”. This is a very important point and one that we all should strive to focus on, for “the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matt. 7:14). Though this path is difficult, Jesus promises us that we “may have life, and have it to the full” (Jn. 10:10) if we follow him and enter through The Gate.
A Poem By Hudson Farrell on 11/27/2013
Silently comes through the night,
Gracefully falling from heaven to earth,
White, so right, and bright as light,
Opposed to that which warms the hearth.
Beginning as water, life’s source,
Slowly transfigured, during its fall,
Finally visible, new to all,
Blanketed across the earth, without force.
Wonder at first the people do,
Considering from where this thing has come,
Transfixed are they by the new,
Filled with awe by its splendor.
Wet and moist is it that is white,
Saturating those it touches completely through,
Those warmed by the hearth are filled with fright,
At that which permeates through and through.
Children running, laughing, playing
Their eyes are opened,
Seeing the wonders anew,
Not caring whether it soaks unsparing.
The snow so white, so right, so bright,
Becomes dirtied after the thirtieth sight,
Taken for granted is that which is extraordinary,
Assumed and predicted to come repeatedly.
Yet come again it will one day,
White and splendid like a horse,
Fierce and loving will it fall,
And that time it will stay.
Snow represents Jesus and righteousness too,
God became man in a beautiful way,
Saturated and filled with Christ are they,
Who know Jesus in a childlike way.
Taken for granted is that which is good,
Hidden because of the sin in our hearts,
But to him who becomes wet from snow,
He is cleansed from the fire within,
So that he may be like Christ and glow.
According to the definition of a traditional inheritance: we could not have inherited God’s gift of eternal life had Jesus not died. In order for the offspring to receive the gift, the elder generation must die, and therefore pass over the inheritance. If Jesus had suffered the cross, but then before he had died he came down from the cross (or was helped down), he would not have died and passed on the inheritance. Or say that Jesus was not fully God (and fully human), then the inheritance could not have passed from the Father to his children because God did not die (Also, you can not “pass on” something you do not already possess. Therefore, God must have eternal life *). Thus, according to inheritance, Christ’s death must have occurred. It could not have happened any other way.
*- This may be why, in Acts 20:32, Luke uses the word “inheritance” to describe our relationship with Christ. Also, we are “heirs” according to many passages in the Bible to (see also Hebrews 9).
7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8 And then he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it. 9 When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom
– John 2:7-9 ESV
I want to call attention to the part “(though the servants who had drawn the water knew)”. Many times we will meet people and they will “not know where it came from”. It being our faith, or generosity, our love for others, or some good quality Jesus gives to us. We the “servants” know where it came from and can humbly thank God for it. Those people who see our qualities will often wonder why they don’t have them and how we got them. They do “not know”. But we do. This can become an avenue for us to share our faith with them, emphasizing our sinfulness and then emphasizing Jesus’ holiness and goodness that He gives to us.
This is just a hypothesis….
If you drop a piece of glass and it shatters into a million pieces, is there even a slight chance that it will spontaneously reform? No! This is because of the Second Law of Thermodynamics.
When Jesus died, he had a high entropy. When he rose up again he had a low entropy. He was broken but then was resurrected. When he resurrected, he broke the law that nothing can decrease in entropy. Jesus defied the Second Law of Thermodynamics! Only the Creator of the Universe could do that!
Again, this is just a hypothesis. Whether it completely follows scientific accuracy I cannot guarantee. But it explains a great point!