Don't Be a Doubter

Written by Sheila Hughes
We are at a disadvantage
If the truth we refuse to see,
Jesus became weak, then strong
For us, He died to set us free.

Jesus is God in human form
He’ll save us, but not by force,
He allows us free-will choice
His dying seemed way too coarse.

Jesus showed us another side
Of our God so we could know,
He is gentle and compassionate
Feeling our pain, tears may flow.

Some only saw Him as Mary’s son
But for doubters, miracles He did,
He became the victim and victor
And his true identity He never hid.

Listen to the audible voice of God
And believe Jesus was His Son,
He died in our place on the cross
His purpose for coming now is done.
The reveal of God in the human form of Jesus did not convince as many people in Bible times as to His authenticity. Back then, people believed that any sign of weakness was not a correct picture of God Almighty. Jesus, being born human/God was somewhat restricted to doing everything that the Father does in Spirit. Jesus healed the sick, raised Lazarus from the dead, and other miraculous feats that should have convinced people of His authenticity, yet many doubted. Most people saw Jesus as a Carpenter, Mary, and Joseph’s son. People want God to always appear strong rather than weak. God the Father wanted mankind to see another side of his character through His Son Jesus. Jesus cried at the death of Lazarus. In Jesus we saw the gentle and sensitive side of the Great Almighty God. The people, including his disciples, couldn’t understand why dying could represent the power of the cross. Most people believed that Jesus should take over their government and set things right by force, not by dying. Jesus revealed to us that our Father takes the side of the victim, poor, disabled, and minorities. Jesus became like us, suffered like us, so we could know that the Father understands us. In Bible times, only the winner was heroic, victims were despicable. They couldn’t imagine a God who would die.

Today, because of what Jesus did to open our minds, we have been educated in being more compassionate. We take the side of the mistreated, weak, hungry, and suffering. Philip said to Jesus, “Lord show us the Father, and that will be enough for us. Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.” (Jn. 14:8-9) Yet, it wasn’t enough, for that evening Philip and the others deserted Him. Many times, God spoke audibly in the Old Testament, but in the Gospels only spoke audibly at Jesus’ baptism and Transfiguration, saying basically the same, “This is my Son, whom I love, with him I am pleased.” (Matt. 3:17) God spoke audibly for the benefit of the doubting. But toward the end, Jesus kept mostly silent, and the Father said not a word. Now we hear God speak through His Holy Spirit, not audibly. Believe, don’t you be among the doubters of the world, just because God showed the gentler side of himself. We trusting ones now know, the victim did become the victor in what Jesus accomplished on the cross.

Sheila Wells Hughes, September 15, 2021, # 1,051

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