Making A Declaration
Standing on the cusp of greatness is a lonely place. Having people challenge the idea doesn’t change the reality, it simply exposes an unbelief in others. The Truth is not interested in acceptance, the Truth just is. We can claim, all we wish, that we know what’s going on, who someone is and judge what they say and do – it merely exposes an unbelief within us.
Jesus stood before the elders and community members as they challenged His teachings, His presence and, most importantly, Him. These nonbelievers made several attempts at “exposing” Christ as a heretic, a fraud and every attempt only exposed their unbelief. Not one of these people could bring themselves to accept the Way, the Truth and the Life for their hearts were hardened, the sin of the flesh was too strong and the law kept them in bondage.
We have an opportunity, every day, to declare who is King of Kings, who is the IAM. Jesus longs for us to accept His magnificent gift of grace, mercy and redemption, but He can no more force us to accept His gift than a bird can be made to swim like a fish. The Truth just is and our acceptance is not required for the Truth to remain unchanged. The Truth will simply move through the midst and pass by.
John 8 NKJV
49 Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon; but I honor My Father, and you dishonor Me.
50 And I do not seek My own glory; there is One who seeks and judges.
51 Most assuredly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he shall never see death.”
52 Then the Jews said to Him, “Now we know that You have a demon! Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and You say, ‘If anyone keeps My word he shall never taste death.’
53 Are You greater than our father Abraham, who is dead? And the prophets are dead. Who do You make Yourself out to be?”
54 Jesus answered, “If I honor Myself, My honor is nothing. It is My Father who honors Me, of whom you say that He is your God.
55 Yet you have not known Him, but I know Him. And if I say, ‘I do not know Him,’ I shall be a liar like you; but I do know Him and keep His word.
56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.”
57 Then the Jews said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?”
58 Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”
59 Then they took up stones to throw at Him; but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.