Alex Enabnit – Programming Coordinator
This weekend we continued our “Luke: The End” series with Luke 22:63-71. This passage begins right after the last one ends: Simon runs away, weeping bitterly, and the guards that have Jesus in custody begin to mock Him.
At daybreak, the guards take Jesus to the Sanhedrin for a “trial.” From this trial, the Sanhedrin becomes convinced that Jesus claims to be “the Son of God.” But if we look carefully, Jesus seems to say something different. In his response to their question, Jesus’ words are, “You say that I am.” He’s not denying that He is the Son of God, but He’s not really admitting it either.
There are many axioms in the Bible that we hold true even though they are not explicitly spelled out. For example, the Trinity (that God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are one) and even that Jesus is God. Now, there is great Biblical evidence to support both of those principles, and most Christians would agree that they are both true, but no matter what, there is still an element of uncertainty. However, the beauty of our faith is that it actually requires a degree of uncertainty; our faith requires trusting Jesus through that uncertainty.
How do we follow a God who allows for ambiguity? We must follow humbly, with perseverance, and in community.
Uncertainty is inevitable, and Jesus even embraced it. Will you choose to put your trust in Him?
Other verses and quotes from the message:
Luke 5:20-21; Luke 18:19; John 10:30-33; John 14:9b; Mark 8:27-30; Luke 8:9-10
“For decades, a phenomenon has been recurring in the Muslim world. Men and women – without any knowledge of the Gospel and without any contact with Christians – have been forever transformed after experiencing dreams and visions of Jesus Christ. Reports of these supernatural occurrences often come from “closed countries” where preaching the Gospel is forbidden and where converting to Christianity can invoke the death sentence. A common denominator appears to be that the dreams come to those who are seeking to know and please God.” www.dreamsandvisions.com
“Jesus doesn’t want a bride who believes in Him, but who’s passionately in love with him.” Greg Boyd
Let it be Known – Tim Hughes
Love Came Down – Bethel Music
Lord I Need You – Matt Maher
Beautiful Things – Michael Gungor