Learning Jesus : Pt 2– Jesus Brings God’s Truth
Posted September 23, 2013on:
In the passage of Matthew 1:18-25, we read of Jesus’ birth. I would like to stress that these verses not only speak of Mary being a virgin and with-child, but more powerfully it speaks of Mary being with-child by the works of the Holy Spirit. Going back to the context and the time in which Jesus was born, the Jewish culture thought of the Holy Spirit of having very definite functions.
According to the Jewish idea, the Holy Spirit was the person who brought God’s truth to man. It is the Holy Spirit who taught men of God what to do. The Holy Spirit taught the prophets what to say. It was the Holy Spirit, throughout the generations and ages, that brought God’s truth to man. So then, Jesus is the one person who brings God’s truth to men.
To put it another way, Jesus is the one person who can tell us what God is like, and what God wants us to be. It is in Jesus alone that we can see what God is and what man ought to be. Before Jesus came into this world, the Jews only had vague ideas and quite often wrong ideas about God. But Jesus could say, “He who has seen me has seen the Father.” (John 14:9).
In Jesus, we see the love of God, the compassion, the mercy, the seeking heart and the purity of God. This cannot be seen by anything else in the world. Before Jesus came into this world, man did not know what goodness really was. In Jesus alone we see true goodness, true manhood, true obedience to the will of God. Jesus came to tell us the truth about God and the truth about ourselves as well.
The Jews also believed that the Holy Spirit enabled men to recognize the truth once they saw it. So it is in Jesus that men’s eyes are opened to the truth. As humans we are usually blinded by our own ignorance. Our minds are darkened by our sins and we go astray because of our own prejudices. Jesus is the one who opens our eyes when we are ready to see the truth. Jesus is so glorious in this fact because He knows when we are ready to hear something and when we are not ready to accept something as the truth. He knows the perfect time to open our eyes. Life can be quite different when Jesus teaches us how to look at things.