Monday, December 24, 2012
When did Jesus know?
Have you ever thought about Jesus' first recorded miracle- the turning of water into wine?
How it seemed Christ was perturbed at his mother's insistence?
This isn't the only time Christ was weary over performing miracles.
I have a theory why this was.
We have all heard of OCD, or obsessive compulsive disorder.
The hallmark of this disorder is the need for certainty. If we examine the best known OCD, that of hand washing , the desire is to be certain that one's hands are perfectly clean which of course is impossible to know. OCD applies especially to the serpent's promise in Genesis: "you shall know good and evil"
The cutting edge treatment for OCD is to expose oneself to the bacteria one fears and telling the patient the hard truth that he cannot know that his hands are pure. Reassurance that they are clean is the worst thing to say to and OCD'er.
What does this have to do with Jesus? Picture Jesus growing up - we DO NOT know what Mary and Joseph told him as a young boy. Rather it says that Mary pondered her knowledge of whom Christ was in her heart.
We are told that Jesus knew from an early age the Scriptures and argued with the teachers of the Law.
Yet we simply cannot know when he discovered that he was the Christ child, the Savior of the world.
In my opinion it was a learning process just as we learn that we are loved by God so Jesus learned who he was strictly through the scriptures. "I was born in Bethlehem of a Virgin, could it be that I am
He? He must have flinched in horror at the reading of Psalm 22 and Isaiah 53.
But you say, where is the record of his early miracles? There is none, which goes to my theory.
The act of miracles would confirm to him, OUTSIDE OF FAITH, that he was the messiah. It would be like the OCD patient being told his hands are clean. Jesus had to believe in his being the messiah just as we have to believe in Christ- by his word.
Thus when Mary pushed Jesus into turning water into wine Jesus did not want the reassurance the miracle would provide. It says Hebrews He was tempted in all things we are...which must include faith and the lack of it.....It's almost like she wanted to brag on him- come on Son, it's time!
So we too are to rest in God's word, "Therefore since the promise of entering his rest stands be careful that none of you be found let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it" Heb 4:1
"There remains, then, a sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God's rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. " Heb 4:11
Not that we shouldn't do good works to prove our faith, but rest assured Christ didn't need to do a thing in order to know who he was. Let us rest in the scriptures too when we doubt our being the Children of God because "our hands are dirty".
"Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those are being tempted" Heb
The thought I want to leave with you is that ALL of Christ's miracles were done for our lack of faith, certainly not his. In fact says that all of God;s works were done at creation "And on the seventh day God rested from all his works." Heb 4:12
In the raising of Lazarus "Lazarus is dead and for your sake I am glad I was not there so you may believe Jn10. Just before Lazarus is raised "Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I know that thou always hear me. I knew that you always hear me, but I say this for the benefit of the people standing here.
Hebrews exhorts us is to enter that rest.
This next statement may be heretical ..."Jesus did not know he was the Son of God, he had faith he was the Son of God."
Backing up my premise is when Jesus was in the wilderness and refused to do any signs or wonders. Rather what was his retort? He quoted scripture alone to Satan. Faith springs from believing, not doing. sola fide
But you say Christ had to be certain of his Son-ship and yet the Bible is clear that Jesus voluntarily "emptied himself" of his divine prerogative.......
Your attitude should be that of Christ Jesus
Who, being in the very nature God., did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man humbled himself and became obedient to death- even death on the cross!
Then we have the real stumbler....when Christ was asked by his disciples...when the end of things would be and he answered that only the Father knew that.
There is no certainty in this life but we have been given the gift of faith. That's as good as it gets.