My third reason to extend my faith in who Jesus is…is that the Algebra works. Now, maybe I should say the Math works…because I wasn’t exactly an Algebra whiz at first.
You know how the teacher was always getting you to solve for ‘x’? ‘X’ was the missing part of the formula and you were using the known information to deduce what the unknown information was…
Now, faith is faith no matter what…but some healthy evidence and algebraic work never hurts. For instance, in John 8:58, Jesus said, "Before Abraham was, I AM”. I Am was a title of God. Abraham had been dead for many, many centuries. Therefore, Jesus was saying He was eternal and He was God. So, Jesus said this right after He fed 5,000 people using only 5 loaves and 2 fish. The ‘X’ in this equation of faith is easy because Jesus said who He was and then proved it by the miracle…easy. Jesus is God.
Likewise, in John 10:30-33 Jesus said "I am My Father are One”. His enemies threatened to stone Him because He was saying He was God. Well, He had just restored sight to a blind man and then taught this to them. He said who He was. He proved who He was. ‘X’ is easy. Jesus is God.
Finally, in John 14:9-11 Jesus said, "He who has seen Me has seen The Father”. He was telling this to Thomas and His other followers who had become worried because Jesus said He was going away. He said this very shortly before His crucifixion and then resurrection. He said who He was. He showed who He was (normal humans don’t come back from the dead). ‘X’ marks the spot. Jesus is God.
Maybe you don’t like Algebra. Maybe you don’t like extending faith. Guess what…life consists of both. Get used to it. Embrace it. Your faith is always in something. When Peter showed us what his faith was in when He answered ‘Who do you say that I am?’, he had taken ample time to settle his faith. Are you ready to do so?
You can read this week’s Bible text here:
Mark 8:27-30 - http://www.esvbible.org/Mark%208%3A27-30/
Matthew 16:13-20 - http://www.esvbible.org/Matthew%2016%3A13-20/
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