Shadow of Doubt

Starry NightArt experts can examine a painting and tell by the brush strokes if it’s fake. Coaches can watch a player run the ball and tell if he’s a champion. Doctor’s can read an MRI and tell you if surgery is necessary.

We trust our eyes. We think we know what we see. But do we really?

The art expert, the coach and the doctor have studied. They know what they’re looking for. Experience has given them an eye for detail and the ability to discern the difference between average and world class, normal and dangerous. They see things the untrained eye cannot. Yet sometimes, they still miss it. A van Gogh turns out to be a forgery. That multi-million dollar contract never leads to a Super Bowl. The aneurysm happens in spite of the recent check-up.

In Scripture the Jewish people were the experts on God. They received the Law of God through Moses. Prophets delivered prophecies to paint a picture of the coming Messiah. They had all the resources and experience needed to spot what the untrained eye may have missed.

Jesus is Messiah.

Yet miss it they did. And so do many others. We have more information that has received greater scholarly scrutiny today regarding the history and life of Jesus than ever before. A quick search online reveals volumes of information debating the work and significance of this man.

How can the light shine so brightly, illuminate so thoroughly, and people continue to miss the truth right in front of their face?

John 1:9-14 says, “[Jesus] was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”

We trust our eyes. We think we see clearly. But do we? You don’t have to be an expert to uncover the mystery and majesty of Jesus. He is the Son of God. He came to save his people from their sin. Go back a hundred years. Show someone a picture of a man walking on the moon. They’ll call you crazy. Go back a few hundred years, show them a picture of anything on your iPhone – they’ll call you a witch. Belief is not about seeing. It’s about receiving.

What are you willing to receive from God? What shadow of doubt prevents you from believing, trusting, following or obeying? Look closely. The truth is right in front of your eyes.

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