The Voice of God

The a voice came from heaven,  “I have glorified it and will glorify it again.”  The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to Him.  John 12:28b, 29.

We don’t get to hear the voice as it thundered.  We don’t get to see the dove descend on His head and a voice testify “This is my Son, whom I love!” to convince us of the truth.  We don’t get to see the miracles as they completely wow the crowds or watch in amazement as impossible things happen…like walking on water.  We only have the testimony of those who saw or did these things.

The Greeks who came probably fell to their knees in awe, though I can’t speak to the trut of that, it just seems appropriate somehow.

Yet Jesus continued by speaking to the crowd in a most disconcerting way.

Jesus said,  “This voice was for your benefit, not mine.  Now is the time for judgment on the world; now the prince of this world will be driven out.  But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.”  He said this to show the kind of death He was going to die.

Jesus already knew His Father approved of Him.  Hours of meditation and prayer, the evidence of the miracles and a host of other things made it kinda’ hard for Him not to notice.

The prince of this world has been Satan, the accuser of the brothers.  By the very method Satan would use to silence Jesus’ voice and defeat Him, God would bring about salvation.  The world would stand judged by their rejection of a man who did no harm.  By condemning Jesus without cause the world proved its heart toward God and righteousness.  Jesus committed no crime, sought no rebellion nor did He seek to build a power-base for Himself that He might take over the governments of the world, yet they killed Him anyway because He seemed to be a temporary inconvenience.

The crowd knew exactly what kind of death He spoke of and rebuked Him,  “We have heard from the Law that the Christ will remain forever, so how can you say,  ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’?  Who is this ‘Son of Man’?”

It’s kinda telling that they couldn’t see what was in front of their eyes nor trust what they had just heard.  Like their forefathers at Sinaii they were hard of hearing and slower of heart to believe.  Jesus stood there as a stark contrast to everything they knew to be normal because He raised the dead, healed the sick and they couldn’t doubt now that He fed thousands from a just a small amount of food.  The Law spoke of manna from heaven being provided by God, yet though they witnessed His power, they still doubted and asked “who is this Son of Man?”.

What they couldn’t see, for they were blinded by the world’s dust, is that the Christ would suffer, die, rise again and remain forever an example of God’s salvation and love for the world.  They were ignoring the light while they had it, straining to witness instead the circus act of Jesus without any commitment to what it meant to believe.  The voice thundered in response to Him, everyone who witnessed it said so, and yet they still had no idea who the Son of Man would be.

God understands our condition and state on earth.  Belief is tough when the world stands against everything and the organized church plays politics within the body and in the world governments.  It’s hard to believe something so fantastic as the gospel in a setting such as this.  We don’t get to hear the voices and see the miracles, so it’s understandable we might struggle with faith.

Yet, what if we did witness all these things?  What would we do then, accept and follow Him?  Most of us can barely do that now, what would be different then?

If we can’t trust the teachings or the change in a person’s life as evidence for the truth, miraculous signs will not convince us any better.  Both require a leap in faith; both require we reach beyond our understanding of the norms and accept Him with a whole heart.

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One Response to “The Voice of God”

  1. tlc4women Says:

    The real change happens with the word. Manifestations cause a temporary change for the most part. You’d think it would be just the opposite.

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