I agree with Selwyn’s concern,Â in regard to the movement away (in some areas) from the Person of Christ to the principles of Christ.Â Jesus’ teaching , if it was notÂ delivered by the voice of God,Â would beÂ useless in helping usÂ to live in a personal relationship with God which is now possible by Christ’s actions on the cross. The teaching of a good man or woman must always fall short of what God requires because as humans we can never know God well enough, to say, with authority – ‘this is how God wants us to live’.
Jesus, who is God – can say, with all authority – “I am your God, this is how you should live and I am willing, through my Holy Spirit, to give youÂ my power so that it may be possible for you to live in accordance withÂ these commands.”Â Consequently, Jesus being God, is true to His WordÂ – therefore,Â we can have an assurance that if we believeÂ in JesusÂ and the salvation He has obtained for us – then we will haveÂ restful peace with Him, in His eternal Kingdom.
If Jesus wasÂ only human,Â we could never be assured that hisÂ teachingÂ was givenÂ with the full authority of God – he would only be another flawed prophet with clay feet. All human prophets made mistakes and were often far from perfect – although, when they spoke as God’s messenger – the truth of their words testified that what they said was from God.
The truth of Jesus’ words will be proven to those who don’t believe in Him butÂ they willÂ only come to that understanding afterÂ they die. It will be too late then, for some to say – ‘WhatÂ Jesus said on earth – were words of eternal life!’Â They will not be able to say to Jesus, ‘Now I know that whatÂ You said, is true – let me go back and have a second go.’ Sadly, that will not be an option, you only pass ‘go’ once.
Lastly, the main verse for reading and meditation is a very good example of the difference between human wisdom in regard to the ‘golden rule’; and God’s commandment (John 13:34, NIV): “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved youÂ … “. The addition of the words, ‘as I have loved you’, sets the standard – before Jesus came, there was no perfect example – now, we have the standard,Â whileÂ Jesus was on earth He showed us His love – there is no guesswork, there is no need for debate on whatÂ God may have wantedÂ – it is, ‘as I have loved you!‘
Do you agree?