Monday, May 26, 2014

The conclusion of Confusion

I think one of the most helpful things for me in understanding the confusion we live with is the interactions Jesus had with Nicodemus. Jesus is laying out the case for God’s Kingdom here among us and He is doing so by using everyday language. Nicodemus struggles to understand what he is being told about being born again in the spirit but the truth Jesus presents him is just too far for him to see. Fast forward to the events after His death, burial and resurrection and Nicodemus’s confusion becomes much easier for us to understand. It took the future events at the cross to open the door to what was being said. Keep in mind though with those events behind us that door remains open.
God may always be something of a mystery to us; I don’t think that means God is unknowable. Jesus said if you have seen me you have seen the Father. The ultimate goal of Jesus’s ministry is to bring light to a world drowning in spiritual darkness; to bring truth to a world lost in a lie. Yes Jesus spoke in parables and answered most questions with better questions but He wasn’t hiding the truth, He was exposing it. The people around Him asked for the truth and that is just what was given.    
During His trial in front of Pilate Jesus states He was sent to testify to the truth.  Pilate replies back what is truth?  What is truth indeed? The conclusion to confusion as I see it is that there shouldn’t be any confusion. Jesus died upon the cross at the hands of a screaming mob that needed forgiveness because they knew not what they were doing. Moments before giving up His spirit Jesus said it is finished. Let those words sink in for just a minute, it is finished.
The creator God left His finger prints on everything around us. The way the world works, the rules that govern nature, the entire universe points us toward God and His love for us. The law and the prophets in the Bible foretell of the coming Messiah fulfilled through Jesus Christ. Everything that could’ve been done has been done. The truth has been given; the confusion we live with now is our own doing. Jesus showed us the truth and light of the Father it is up to us to wake up and head toward Him.
Matthew 7:7
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
This scripture isn't just pretty words for us to aspire to, they are a promise from a God who loves us, spoken by a savior who died in our place, a savoir that overcame death, wiped out our sin and is seated with the Father in Heaven and He is waiting. I am as excited as ever to know the truth is right there, it's standing right in front of us. We just have to recognize it, Amen?

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