Bible In One Year-Day 35 (Tuesday, February 04, 2014)
The knowledge of Christ is in varieties. To hear or learn of Him is different from the knowledge of Him; knowing Him is different from Him being revealed to you. The names of the high priests mentioned in Lk3:2 were highly placed in the society because of what they know about the Messiah. They got to know about the coming of the Messiah through learning. This is a reported knowledge of Christ. This type of knowledge is different from the knowledge received by three sets of people which we have read about; the shepherds knew Him as Christ the Lord (Lk2:9-12, 15), Simeon knew Him as God’s salvation (Lk2:25-33) and Anna knew Him as the Redeemer (Lk2:36-38). This is knowledge by revelation and this is only given within God’s discretion (Check Lk10:22).
Luke 10:22 “All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.”
The first types of knowledge are good but not the ultimate, it only sheds some lights; they are shadows of the object. You still need to know the real object. The ultimate is in the revelation knowledge of Christ. That is why Paul declared that he may know Him and the power of His resurrection (Phil3:10).
Philippians 3:10 “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable to his death;”
Who qualifies for this type of revelation? Looking into the characters, we could figure out what it entails; the shepherds were diligent, faithful and loyal to the work committed into their hands, Simeon was just and devout, full of faith. Anna was never weary in prayer and fasting, very enduring and persistent. She did that for 84 years. Gathering the attributes of these characters we could see what it takes to get to that level. The high priests learnt a lot about Christ, but they could not get the real thing. Jesus had been going with His parents to the Feast of the Passover and He had seen the priest preached wonderful messages about the Passover. The purpose of the Passover (which was Jesus) was there with them on yearly basis, yet they never realized it. For three days Jesus, at 12 years, stayed to challenge their knowledge through questions, yet they never realized that the purpose of the Passover was with them. What I learnt was that Jesus preached at 12 years. But our reading in Lk2:46 showed that He did not preach but “listened and asked questions”. He took the position of a student to task the brains of the teachers and so the teachers were amazed at the type of questions being asked by Him. Many do not want to take this position before jumping to the level they never prepared for. Jesus remarked in Lk6:40 that perfect training is required to be like the teacher. He balanced obedience to parents with obedience to God. Jesus was disgusted about the ignorance of the teachers and He said He had to be in His Father’s work to correct things (1John3:8). Good or bad, the Pharisees or the teachers would never do any of them on the Sabbath. They had set minds. Set mind is dangerous if it is not well set. Peter was almost loosing the benefits of the glorious contact that day due to set mind, Lk5:5.
Luke 5:5 “And Simon answering said to him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.”
The Pharisees and teachers came to Jesus with set minds, Lk5:17-21. In this verses, two things were present; the sick and the power to heal. There are three ways to be sick; body, soul and spirit. All of these were present. The man with paralysis was sick bodily but the Pharisees and the teachers were sick in their souls and spirit. The man with body sickness got his healing easily because he had no set mind. But the teachers and Pharisees had set minds and they were looking at what Jesus said. Jesus left further work on the man on the bed to address the sickness in the heart of the teachers, then He continued on the man on the bed. This is His ministry, Lk4:18-19. And the result was Lk5:26. Anytime you go into His presence, the only thing that should occupy your heart is what is written in Luke1:37.
Luke 1:37 “For with God nothing shall be impossible.”
Jesus is bigger than all your problems and troubles. Remember, Jesus came for the sinners and the sick. Lk5:31-32.
Luke 5:31-32 “And Jesus answering said to them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
Jesus chose His 12 disciples out of other disciples after praying on the mountain and the first teaching He gave them was the standard of life in chapter 6. Before taking a paramount decision in your life, PRAY! PRAY!! PRAY!!! Prayer: Lord Jesus, rest the Spirit of revelation knowledge on me (Isaiah11:2). The next mile on the trip is Lk7-9. Keep the fire burning and alive. Spread the gospel of JESUS!!!