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Believe ... without all the answers

Built on a Rock
Pastor Walt Moser, First Baptist Church, Luverne

If understanding everything is a prerequisite to belief, you will never believe.
Jesus’ fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies is nothing short of breathtaking. In at least 322 places, Jewish prophets, who wrote hundreds of years before Jesus’ birth, predicted details about the coming Messiah’s life. He would be born in Bethlehem, from the tribe of Judah and the lineage of David, flee to Egypt as a child, begin his ministry in Galilee, perform many miracles, enter as King into Jerusalem on a borrowed donkey, be betrayed by a friend for thirty pieces of silver, die by crucifixion between thieves, and then be resurrected and ascend to heaven — just to name a few.
Imagine if Jesus were to appear to you as you are reading this article and say to you, “I won’t explain to you how this all works, but I want you to know that my claim to be God is true, and I want you to believe it and follow me even if you can’t understand. Later I’ll expand your thinking so that it makes sense. But today, until then, I just need you to trust me.” Would you believe him?
Not all the disciples’ questions were answered by Jesus while he walked on the earth. Consider what John records. “When many of his disciples heard [these things], they said, ‘This is a hard saying: who can listen to it?’ … After this, many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. So, Jesus said to the twelve, ‘Do you want to go away as well?’  Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy one of God.’’ (John 6:60,66-69 ESV)
Having faith in Jesus does not mean all questions will be answered; it means knowing there is One who does have all the answers. Peter confessed, “We have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God”
“What we must avoid at all costs is editing Jesus, forcing him into a mold where he answers our questions the way we like. This is not worship of God; it’s worship of ourselves. And it is the greatest substitute for true faith.” (J.D. Greear)

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