Unspeakable Conflict

Among the crowds there was widespread whispering about him. Some said, “He is a good man.” Others replied, “No, he deceives the people.” But no one would say anything publicly about him jesus teachingfor fear of the Jews. John 7:12-13

Imagine for a moment you were a follower of Jesus. You watched Him teach and heal and pray and claim to be the Son of God. As you followed him with the crowds, some folks waited for Him to fail. To lie. To show himself to be a fraud. Whispered he was a charlatan. Others claimed He was the Son of God.

Nicodemus had doubts. He was an Jewish official. But what about the common folks, like you and me. What unspeakable conflicts they must have endured. Can you imagine them gabbing with each other in the driveway? “Is He who He says He is? Or is He a liar. Or is He just crazy? We’ve seen enough of those walking around claiming all sorts of nonsense.” Can you imagine the gossip the ladies must have carried on at the water well? He must have been the trending topic of conversation at the water cooler.

They didn’t have the benefit of the Old and New Testaments. They didn’t have Strong’s Concordance. Or the benefit of Paul yet, or a Charles Spurgeon or Billy Sunday or D.L.Moody, or a plethora of Bible study materials in both printed and electronic form.

All they had to base their decisions on were the things they saw and the things others told them. Put yourself in their shoes. If you had never heard of Jesus, but you heard Him teach, seen His miracles and witnessed His healing power, would you believe Him when He told you He was the Son of God? That He would save you from your sins?

They could have been killed for confessing to believing Him. The choice to believe Him or not was a matter of life and death for them. Literally.

But then . . .so is ours.

About Steven Sawyer

God blessed me with the gift of writing. Mom told me I wrote paragraphs in second grade when others were learning to write sentences. I spent more than three decades in professional writing gigs. For the past eight years I've combined my passion for writing with my love for the Lord. He and I write a Christ-centered, family-friendly blog to glorify God Monday-thru Friday at https://stevensawyer.wordpress.com/. My wife and I have four grown children and two precious granddaughters we co-parent with their mom. I'm a Galatians 2:20 disciple of Christ seeking to allow Christ to live His life in me, through me, and as me.
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4 Responses to Unspeakable Conflict

  1. >> “Would you believe Him?”
    Had I been one of the crowd then, probably not.

    When I heard about Jesus as a child, and listened to the accounts of things He did here, I didn’t know whether to believe them or not. I thought it would be good if they were true, and I suppose I wanted to believe, but I didn’t. I couldn’t. I knew my only hope lay in the possibility of a God, but I hadn’t seen anything to enable me to believe.

    For a number of reasons (not a matter of faith) I decided to become a Roman Catholic nun, attached to an orphanage, in the hope that *IF* there was a God, I might find favour with Him.

    I was to enter the convent early 1959 . . . but praise God, in a multiplicity of amazing events, God revealed Himself to me, gave me the gift of faith, and 8th June 1958 I became a blood-bought, adopted child of the living God. Then I believed. I *KNEW* without any doubt whatsoever. He changed my life completely and has continued to work in me, changing me, for the last 54 years.

    No, I doubt I would have believed Him THEN . . . but NOW I praise God for the REALITY of life in Christ.

    • Steven Sawyer says:

      Wow! What a powerful testimony! Your story is a testimony to KNOWING God. God “revealed” Himself to you. That’s how we get to know Him. He REVEALS Himself to us. We might search or doubt or serve or read the Bible or pray or love others, but we don’t do ANY of that until God reveals Himself to us. THAT is real knowing. Like you say. We know because He REVEALS himself to us, not because we FIND Him or make a decision to BELIEVE in Him. This is AWESOME! I really appreciate your sharing this wonderful testimony with me. God bless. In Jesus’ precious name Steven Sawyer stevesaw@gmail.com http://stevensawyer.wordpress.com/

  2. ptl2010 says:

    Sometimes we fear man whom we can see, more than we fear God whom we cannot see. Perhaps that is reason why the gospel has not been preached to the ends of the world even though we have all the promises of His irrefutable Word in our hands.

    • Steven Sawyer says:

      So true, Evelyn. Amen. As always, thank you for your insightful comments. God bless you.I am following and praying for your missionary ministries.

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