We often look at the scriptures and consider what the red letter words have for us to learn. We look at the words of Jesus quite often as definitive in our lives, in doctrine, in testimony in all things Christian. We must caution ourselves though, we must never lay more weight upon those words than upon any other scripture. All scripture is is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. (2 Tim 3:16) This does not say, “All and especially Jesus words” it says simply, “All.”
Part of the challenge for man is “All” of scripture. Part of the encouragement in Christ is:
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. (Matt 5:17-18)
What is equally comforting is that our faith is not blind, we do not rest in a faith like the evolutionist that is fraught with error and man’s inaccuracies, leaning on the ever changing and often proven inadequate science. Our faith is given over to a Savior proven over and over again historically, scientifically through archeological discovery and factually as the truths He teaches of man’s natural desire for self become more and more evident in our day. To be clear, the Christian’s faith is not founded in these facts, but bolstered through them. Faith is essential for salvation, but is given in God’s grace for that purpose.
We look at John’s deep understanding of the scriptural record today in John 12:37-41. John, the Loving Apostle, is keenly aware of the scripture’s broad testimony of the Savior. In this passage John concentrates on Isaiah’s testimony.
What is interesting is that the scriptures testimony of Christ is often negative. We find so much of “religion” and “church” wanting to focus on the positive. People leave churches often running from conviction, not wanting to face the sinfulness in their own hearts. It’s hard for people to face the fact that they don’t measure up. Telling them these truths often raises their ire. Men and women have to humble themselves. This is hard as they think often, “I’m not that bad though!”
We often forget to whom God compares us. It is not with one another on earth. Yes, our testimony is certainly played out on a horizontal line. But our hearts must be driven from the vertical relationship in Christ. Our vertical testimony must be what defines us. Our true worship, not our claims to man. Will Jesus say, regardless what you claim to have done for Him, “I never knew you?”