Transformed Lives by Christin Wallace
This story of Jesus, like so many, is inspiring. His strength and his cool, calm, and collected attitude are clearly shown. That is not me. I am an anxious person who is eager to please, but that is not who Jesus was. He was righteous above all else and yet he did not act that way. He asked questions to try and understand. He was patient and kind and willing to do hard things for the good of the kingdom.
While Jesus’ life was anything but easy, he walked with willingness and courage to do the unthinkable. He brought life to all who believed. He did miracles to show that he was the son of God. He walked the walk; he didn’t just talk the talk. He wasn’t making unfounded claims about who he was. He backed everything up with his works. That is the Jesus I am following. The one that is patient and loving. The one that seeks to understand and save everyone. God doesn’t ask us to believe in Him based on blind faith, instead he asks us to believe in Him based on the works he has done, based on Jesus’ life, based on the creation of the world and so much more.
In a moment of struggle and hardship, we do not see Jesus crumble and give up like so many of us, me included, would. Instead, we see Jesus ask questions and use scripture to back up his statements. Scripture is one of the most powerful things and spending time in scripture and learning from it is crucial.
The most interesting part to me is the end. “He went away again across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing at first, and there he remained. And many came to him. And they said, ‘John did no sign, but everything that John said about this man was true.’ And many believed in him there.” Jesus lead so many people to believe based on his works, his words, and the testimonies of those who came before him, namely John the Baptist. Today we can’t actually see the miracles Jesus performed, but we can read about them and share our testimonies of the ways Jesus has transformed our lives.
The Jews picked up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?” The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.” Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said, you are gods’? If he called them gods to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be broken— do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” Again they sought to arrest him, but he escaped from their hands.
He went away again across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing at first, and there he remained. And many came to him. And they said, “John did no sign, but everything that John said about this man was true.” And many believed in him there.