This is my article that appears today in the Natoma-Luray Independent section of the Russell County News.
Some Scary Verses
St. John 2:23-25 are the scariest set of verses in the entire Bible. Verse 23 tells us that people were excited and even believing in Jesus after the signs and wonders that He had done. But verse 24 tells us that Jesus did not entrust Himself to anyone, for He knew all people; and verse 25 tells us that Jesus knows all people even without anyone telling Him anything about anyone.
Jesus knows who you are; He knows your heart; He knows your thoughts. Jesus knows the secrets that you are holding to that you do not want anyone else to know that you have.
Think about that for a moment. Jesus knows everything about you. Jesus knows when you are lying; He knows when your thoughts are less than pure and your actions less than holy.
Now if anyone else knew your secret thoughts, what would happen? Would they mock you for them? Would they question them? Would your friends still want to be your friends if they knew some of the things that you thought about others, let alone about them?
And what about Jesus? These verses are at the very beginning of St. John’s Gospel, and yet right now, Jesus already knows which of His disciples is going to betray Him; He knows that the crowds who now rejoice at what He is doing, will one day deny His words; some of them may even be in Jerusalem and be among those who shout ‘Crucify Him!’
That is what makes these verses so scary: Jesus sees your heart, He sees your thoughts and actions that no one else sees. By all accounts, there is more than enough evidence that says that Jesus should walk away right now, not just here in these verses, but from you as well.
But these scary verses are not the whole of St. John’s Gospel. For besides these scary verses, there are also very comforting verses like St. John 3:16; telling you that God loved you so much that He sent Jesus to save you, despite the fact that He knew your impure thoughts. St. John 11:25 tells you that whoever believes in Jesus will live forever in heaven with Him. St. John 19:30 tells us that Jesus not only went to the cross, but that He suffered death, accomplishing the plan of salvation. St. John 20:18 tells us that not only did Jesus die, but He also rose, all for our benefit.
St. John 2:23-25 are some scary verses telling us that Jesus knows what is on our very hearts; but the good news is that despite what Jesus sees on our hearts, He goes to the cross out of His great love for you and I anyway, so that we might have forgiveness, life and salvation.
God Bless! Pastor Michael Schmidt