Reading and blogging on New Testament passages is a bit more challenging than reading and blogging on the Old Testament. Why? The New Testament is so much more familiar. I've preached and heard so much preaching all my life on especially the gospels that it is hard to lay all my presumptions aside and hear the word fresh, today.
Thus, I thank the Holy Spirit for bringing a hidden passage to the fore for me.
As Jesus is breaking into the scenes of the ancient eastern world, healing, preaching, working miracles, people are beginning to take notice of him and form opinions. Many are beginning to put their faith and trust in him.
But there is a very interesting couple of verses at the end of chapter two of the book of John that I never noticed before.
Though people are believing and trusting in Jesus, Jesus is not trusting them.
But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all men. He did not need man's testimony about man, for he knew what was in a man.
Though many would testify to who Jesus was, Jesus did not need anyone to fill him in on the human condition. John claims, "(Jesus) knew all people."
This past Sunday, our confirmation class studied Psalm 139. "O Lord, you know me...you have searched me and know my thoughts."
Jesus, as God, knows the human condition and knows none of us are trust worthy; because of something "in us," we are not worthy of trust. Thus it is no surprise to Jesus when his friends betray and deny him.
And it should be no surprise to us when our friends betray and deny us. In fact, if there is any loyalty and faithfulness, integrity or honesty from our fellow human beings (and even from ourselves,) it should surprise and give us cause for gratitude.
So who can we trust? Friends, family and those we love will fail us at one time or another.
The disciples "put their faith in (Jesus)."