What makes Him the difference? Why believe in Him, this Jesus? Why draw near to Him? What is the secret to Him? What is the secret to His existence? What is He all about really? Why is He still such an enigma and a mystery? How can one being draw so many questions and so much mystery? I have heard so many debates, and arguments against and for Him, and some make solid sense, yet that’s the point, Jesus does not make sense. At least not to the ordinary mind or eye. We would have to shed our so-called knowledge, wisdom and understanding, and get ourselves into a place of surrender to even begin to understand what He did for us.
Since ancient times, decades and decades before our time, and now our generation, He was and is despised. So our rejecting Him now is nothing new to God. I am sure that They knew what our reactions would be, but that did not stop Them, Jesus STILL came to us. That is why He is Jesus, filled with unconditional love for Mankind. Generations of humanity have turned to anything but Him. No matter how much His love has shone, no matter how many testimonies and evidence validate His existence, reality and truth, we still prefer to look the other way. We want anything, anyone, but Jesus.
He was despised and rejected[b] by men, a man of sorrows[c] and acquainted with[d] grief;[e] and as one from whom men hide their faces[f] he was despised, and we esteemed him not. ~Isaiah 53:3 English Standard Version (ESV)
He does not react toward us the way we would if He were us and we were Him, and He rejected us. In that case He would not be Jesus. He roles out mercy and not condemnation. He is not petty, neither is He distracted. He is zoned in on one thing, and one mission, completely absorbed in His divine purpose to reconcile us to God. Our throwing words and stones at Him, turning our back s on Him, and mocking Him, laughing in arrogance and derision, will not turn Him away. He is too empowered by and consumed with God’s unconditional love for us.
Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. ~Isaiah 53:4 English Standard Version (ESV)
With our selfish and clueless minds we refuse to believe that anyone, especially a god, not to talk of The God, would allow such a thing to happen to His own Son. If our spiritual understanding was unlimited and not shortsighted, we would comprehend the in-comprehendible. If our minds, filled with science, culture, traditions, intellect and opinions and philosophies were free from bias and prejudice, then we would understand that that is how precious and valuable we are to Him. It’s difficult for us to understand that we are worth God doing what He did for us through Jesus, and Jesus answering to God’s call to bring us salvation. We don’t see our worth that is why we scorn, mock and laugh. Self-loathing, arrogance, guilt, shame, all get in the way of our spirits opening up to such painful yet beautiful sacrifice.
Everything is pure to those who are themselves pure; but nothing is pure to those who are defiled and unbelieving, for their minds and consciences have been defiled. ~Titus 1:15 (Good News Translation)
We have thrown all kinds of arguments, logic and reasoning about why it’s all nonsense, but we have not bothered to seek Him directly in order to gain evidence and proof of His Being, or lack of. Why do we argue with surety and pomp and gory and the echelons of intellect, if we have not bothered seeking Him directly, to see and have our own intangible answer about whether or not He is real? Try it, He’ll show up alright. Question is, will you be ready and prepared to handle it? Why argue and expound on something, Someone, you have not sought out to know? Seek Him out and let The Truth speak for Himself.
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
so he opened not his mouth. ~Isaiah 53:7 English Standard Version (ESV)
When He was being slaughtered for our sakes He did not say a word. However, in His unconditional love, if we seek Him we will find Him and He will utter words of love, peace, joy, wisdom, redemption, healing, restoration, transformation; words beyond the power of our minds. We have not even given Him an opportunity to show up. Open the door, let Him in, and when we would have done that, we can defend our thesis, debates and arguments. Like everything else we study and learn about, if our minds and consciences are in a pure state to discover Truth, you will find Him. No one will need to convince you, once you have had that encounter with Him. There will be no defense left. The choice will be to accept Him or walk away from Him, but you will no longer be able to argue that He does not exist. It’s just not possible, dear friend.
Jesus found His purpose; reconciling you and I to God, to bring us to salvation, simply meaning coming in to a better life filled with divine purpose and spiritual aide from Heaven in every area of our lives. Will you discover your purpose in Him? He certainly has one buried in you, but you’ll need His help to activate it. Why don’t you knock and ask? Don’t be ashamed, or too proud. He will not hurt you, contrary to what you have been fed with. If anything, His real focus is on your precious soul.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? ~Matthew 7:7-10 New International Version (NIV)
He simply needs some humility and willingness on your part. See for yourself. In fact, He came to us the way He did, so that even though He is the Son of God, He could, and still can, understand our state and condition as human beings. If He had not come the way He did, in human form, walking on this Earth, we would have argued that He does not understand us, that He is too far from us, and too disconnected. Yet He came the way He did, and we still argue that a virgin birth created by God, for the sake of purity, is not possible. What do we want? Do we even know?
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet he did not sin. ~Hebrews 4:15 New International Version (NIV)
Our human minds cannot understand His divine mind, and instead of studying, learning and acquiring our own individual experience and truth, instead of observing without bias, we go off on a whole tangent about all the reasons why His name and existence, according to some, are a lie. If we can just step out of ourselves for a minute and explore, for your own benefit, I guarantee you, we will be undone by His love, mercy, peace, joy, protectiveness, guidance, abundance, generosity and grace. Let’s try yielding to Him first and hear His mind. Let’s not permit our minds to deny us such great divinity.
The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God. ~Romans 8:6-8 New International Version (NIV)
Our generation is a highly intelligent generation. I think that is a very large part of the problem. We know too much and we don’t need anyone, and certainly have no need for God! Or so we think. Regardless of our rejection, God, the complete embodiment and symbol of unconditional love sent Jesus, sacrificed Him, for our sakes. Whether or not we accept that, it did not, does not, will not, stop His unbending purpose to reconcile us to Him. He is God. He cannot go by our will to reject Him, He will go by His will to save us from ourselves, and bring us into the abundant life He has for us.
Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief;[g] when his soul makes[h] an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. 11 Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see[i] and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities. 12Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, [j] and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, [k]because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors. Isaiah 53:10-12 English Standard Version (ESV)
Even after we mock and reject Him, even though, “out of the anguish of His soul”, He gave His life for us and, “he poured out his soul to death”, we still refuse to accept Him for Who He is and why He came to Earth. We are mindless of Him yet He has given us His everything and more!
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. ~Psalms 8:4-8 English Standard Version (ESV)
As powerful as He is, The Creator Of The Universe, He has come to us, in Person, and we can say no to Him. The question remains, is that advisable?
Stop for a minute, take deep breaths, slow down the arguments, and think. THINK.