What I Read Today;
Romans 16; Matthew 16; Ezekiel 2; Psalm 137; 2 Samuel 2
Experts. That’s all we hear about today are experts. Dr. this and that standing in front of a microphone. They get the benefit of the doubt when they are wrong. Climatologists, Epidemiologists, Statisticians, and Modelers.
We have come to the point in our history where those with academic credentials are given complete faith and trust. No matter how often they are wrong.
In Jesus’ day, it was no different.
The Pharisees were legalists who could change the Law of Moses to fit their own needs. The Sadducees told people to eat, drink, and party like rock stars, because there was no resurrection.
Despite all the evidence to the contrary, they were telling the masses that this Jesus fellow was nothing more than a friendly country teacher. Forget the miracles. Forget the raising of the dead and the healing of the sick. These are just parlor tricks that were aimed to fool the masses.
The experts knew better. Just ask them.
Just as the experts of today have had ever-changing views of how to handle the Coronoviris, the religious experts of Jesus day could not come up with a consensus on how to deal with Jesus.
You have to worry when you see experts who like adulation. Experts who love the spotlight. When they rush for the microphone and the reporters, get concerned.
But there is a question that we will all have to answer.
In John chapter 14, Jesus tells the people that he is the way, the truth, and the light, no man comes to the Father except through Jesus.
Some of the experts today say that Jesus was telling them that he was “one way,” not “the way.”
Then Jesus asks the question that each one of us must face. He doesn’t ask the expert. He knows that the experts will hem and haw. The experts will seek some long-winded dissertation that will ultimately straddle the fence and say nothing.
No Jesus asks the fisherman Peter the question.
Matthew 16:15, “He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” NRSV
It’s the question that has chased experts away for centuries. The experts have run from the idea that Jesus is who we must rely on for our salvation.
One day we will all stand at the throne of Jesus and have to answer that single question. Our education won’t matter. Social status won’t be taken into account. Our Bank Accounts will be gone. We will be stripped of everything we’ve attained in this world.
What will you say at that moment?
Will he be “The Way?” Or will he be “A Way?”