Jumping to the Wrong Conclusion

We can never fully conclude all that Jesus did or said.  He is God and there will always be an element of mystery and unknown about Him.

 

Matthew 14.1-12

Reference:  v.2 …and he (Herod the tetrarch) said to his attendants, “This is John the Baptist; he has risen from the dead!  That is why miraculous powers are at work in him (Jesus).” (NIV Bible)

Explore:  I’m always intrigued about the conclusions people jump to concerning my family.  My husband, Cameron, and I are two white Anglo young adults whereas our foster daughter is 15 and Filipino.  When people see us as a family unit there are a number of conclusions they could jump to…
1. I had a fling with a man in the Philippines when I was only 14 and in later years Cameron has come to accept us both as his family,
2. Cameron and I conceived a child at a very young age and she has skin defects,
3. we have an adopted daughter,
4. or, one of my personal favourites and most commonly asked, I abducted her on one of my recent mission trips to the Philippines!
All these conclusions are clearly wrong but instead of people asking us, they will think themselves more politically correct to just jump to one of these conclusions.
Interestingly enough, Herod did not think Jesus capable of performing such miracles on his own but jumped to the ego-centric conclusion that because he had killed John the Baptist it must be John’s spirit that was now allowing Jesus to do miracles!  Hmmm, not the first conclusion I would have made, but it must have seemed logical to Herod at the time – just like it is logical that I could abduct a teenager from the Philippines!

Application:  We do tend to jump to the wrong conclusion at times.  Sometimes our intuition takes a holiday and we end up assuming that life is different for someone else.  There are many conclusions we can make about Jesus’ life.  Biblical scholars have been studying for centuries to draw some conclusions about Jesus.  The reality is, we can never fully conclude all that Jesus did or said.  He is God and there will always be an element of mystery and unknown about Him.  While it is great to get to know Him better – as this also helps us to understand how we should live – let us not forget that Jesus was the Son of God, He did miraculous things on earth, and he died an horrific death so that we could have true life.  That’s not a conclusion, that’s eternal life.

Prayer:  Lord, thank you for Jesus, for his miraculous life and for his transforming resurrection.  May we be the light to this world so they can see that your power is still evident today.  Amen.

This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.

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