Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and many went up from the country to Jerusalem before the Passover to purify themselves. They were looking for Jesus and saying to one another as they stood in the temple, “What do you think? That he will not come to the feast at all?” Now the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that if anyone knew where he was, he should let them know, so that they might arrest him. John 11:55-57
With Jesus, it all comes down to this question, what do you think? It does not matter what I think, or what your parents or children think. It all comes down to what each person thinks. It is a personal choice we each have to make and no one can do it for us. Each of us has to make a choice as to who Jesus is and what He has done. Is He who the Bible says, God with us or is He just a man who lived and died almost two thousand years ago, a great teacher or prophet but just a man? How you answer that question has an eternal consequence.
In today’s verses people were debating if Jesus would come to Jerusalem for Passover or stay hidden. They all knew that the priests were seeking to arrest Jesus and some knew that they intended to put Him to death. So everyone wondered, would He come or stay safe? But they also needed to answer for themselves who Jesus was. The just as today everyone needed to have an answer to that question.
That one man would be so pivotal to the human race speaks of someone special. The fact is that no other man who ever lived has so shaped history. The Caesars came and went and except for a history or English Lit class never touch our lives. Nations and empires have risen and fallen and are barely noticed today. But Jesus changed the world. Even those who do not believe He is God are affected by Jesus. The West changed its calendar to recognize Jesus’ birth. That just a man could have such an effect on the world staggers the imagination.
Jesus however is not just a man. He is God come down from heaven to walk among men. He came to reconcile each of us to God and provide a way for you and me to get to heaven. He died to atone for my sins and in doing so washed then away so it is as if they never were. Finally He defeated death by His resurrection.
What do you think? I think He is the Son of God, the savor of all and my savior. He took on my sins even though He was without sine and He made me a new creation. That is what I think.
Have a blessed day,