Causing Us to Think

Still, many in the crowd believed in him. They said, “When the Messiah comes, will he perform more signs than this man?”
The Pharisees heard the crowd whispering such things about him. Then the chief priests and the Pharisees sent temple guards to arrest him.
Jesus said, “I am with you for only a short time, and then I am going to the one who sent me. You will look for me, but you will not find me; and where I am, you cannot come.”
The Jews said to one another, “Where does this man intend to go that we cannot find him? Will he go where our people live scattered among the Greeks, and teach the Greeks? What did he mean when he said, ‘You will look for me, but you will not find me,’ and ‘Where I am, you cannot come’?” John 7:31-36

Throughout His ministry on Earth, Jesus compelled the people to think: to think about their motives, their actions, their traditions, and their words. He had much more compassion on the masses than the Jewish leaders.

Even sending guards to arrest Jesus was a result of the leaders thinking about what would happen if they let Him continue.

The people really wanted the Messiah to come but were unprepared for when he actually showed up. They had preconceived notions of what he would be and how he would act. And yet, I don’t think they really knew.

We too have ideas about a lot of things we know little about. For instance, we have our ideas about heaven both from Scripture and through traditions (harps, someone standing at that Pearly Gates, etc). We have ideas about what Jesus looks like based solely on artists’ renderings. We even make comments when someone famous died that God needed this person to entertain Him, and many actually believe that.

But those are all false. Yes, it does cause us to think about what we believe about these things. But in the end, only right thinking about these things causes us to come to right conclusions.

So, what does the Bible actually say about heaven, Jesus, and God needing people to keep Him company? Do you know?

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