Friday, April 3, 2009
And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, "Who is this?" And the crowds said, "This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee." Matthew 21:10-11
Not a wrong answer. He really was the prophet Jesus from Nazareth of Galilee. But an inadequate answer. He was more than the crowds understood. Not only a prophet, he was the focal point and fulfillment of all the prophecies. Still more, "In him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell" (Colossians 1:19).
A half-way Jesus, known with half-truths, bringing a half-salvation, applying a half-remedy to the magnitude of our needs -- it is easy to settle for that. But then we wonder why it isn't working for us. The real Jesus, the whole Jesus, is better than we know. But we can find out. The thing to do is to keep asking that mega-question, "Who is this?", until God grants such clarity that the full Jesus stands forth in our understanding. As our vision of him grows, we grow. We get traction and start rejoicing with new freedom of spirit.