On: August 12, 2015 | By: SWLadmin | Under: Blog | Comments: Comments are off
At daybreak, the council of the elders of the people, both the chief priests and the teachers of the law, met together, and Jesus was led before them. “If you are the Messiah,” they said, “tell us.” Jesus answered, “If I tell you, you will not believe me, and if I asked you, you would not answer. But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.” They all asked, “Are you then the Son of God?” He replied, “You say that I am.” Then they said, “Why do we need any more testimony? We have heard it from his own lips.” Luke 22:66-71
There’s no escaping it. If we are to follow Jesus, we have to live with the fact that we won’t understand Him. How can He be both God (eternal, spirit) and man (limited by time and space, physical). The chief priests and teachers of the law couldn’t hack it. How can you and I accept it?
The answer is that we have to do just that: accept it. This is the step of faith that can’t be avoided.
Scientists and academics want to prove something before accepting it. But, we can’t prove Jesus was both God and man. We can weigh the fact of His existence and the power of His teaching. And that will show compelling evidence of a unique man living an inspirational life. But there will always be questions left unanswered: surrounding the source of His miracles, the deliverability of His promises, the relationship with His Father, the nature of His death, the very fact of His birth.
Will the ship of faith float? Or will it sink? The only way to find out is to cross the gang plank and climb on board.
And to extend the metaphor, the ship will only be moored alongside for a period of time. Once it sails, and we’re not on board, we’ll have missed the boat.
Father God, please help those who want to follow you, but struggle with what it entails, to take that step of faith that cannot be proven. Amen