Sunday, December 2, 2012
John 2:23-25 (NLT)
I was struck by these verses in the Book of John.
"Because of the miraculous signs Jesus did in Jerusalem at the Passover celebration, many began to trust in him. But Jesus didn't trust them, because he knew human nature. No one needed to tell him what mankind is really like."
- John 2:23-25 (NLT) -
Jesus understands human nature because even though he was God he was also man. He walked the streets of the ancient cities and towns, he observed human behavior. He saw what we are capable of doing to one another. His heart would have been filled with happiness at times when he saw a good servant's heart at work, and his heart must have experienced brokenness at other times, coming upon scenes of people treating others as less than human beings. He performed great miracles, works that captured the attention of many, and motivated people to "follow" him. Yet, he was not fooled, knowing full well that people can turn quickly. How right he was. The people who welcomed him into the city of Jerusalem, who placed palm branches before him, were the same people who cried out in an angry voice wanting him to be put to death. Jesus had no false illusions as to what "mankind is really like." Are you struck with any particular thought as you read these verses? Anything you would like to add or share?