Widespread Whispering

February 23, 2011

11 Now at the festival the Jewish leaders were watching for Jesus and asking, “Where is he?”

12 Among the crowds there was widespread whispering about him. Some said, “He is a good man.”

Others replied, “No, he deceives the people.” 13 But no one would say anything publicly about him for fear of the leaders. (John 7: 11-13)

So, what about me and you, are we afraid to say anything publicly about Jesus for fear of what someone else might think?    There are, ever today widespread whispers about who Jesus is.  Some are sometimes base in fact.  As often as not they are all about trying to prove ones point of view.  I make no apologies about what I believe and in Whom I believe.  I think I can make a logical or emotional argument for my Beliefs.  I would do Ok in a debate even.   But does this matter at all?  I guess the same question could be asked of the skeptics and agnostics and the to-lazy-to-care-crowd.  But the real questions are: Do I love my wife? Have I done what the Lord requires?

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.    And what does the LORD require of you?   To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.”  (Micah 6:8)

Do I obey the most important commandment, and the second most important commandment?

28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”

29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”  (Mark 12: 28-31)

Everything else is puffery.


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