As we began the sermon last Sunday we reflected briefly on the last two verses of John 2:
23 Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many people saw the miraculous signs he was doing and believed in his name. 24 But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all men. 25 He did not need man’s testimony about man, for he knew what was in a man.
There were people who saw the miraculous signs Jesus was doing and believed in his name, “But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all men.” We pointed out that, though believing because of the signs was the first step toward a vibrant faith, it certainly was not sufficient. And because of that insufficiency, Jesus would not entrust himself to them—nor did he need their affirmation to legitimate his own identity as the Son of God. The affirmation he had received from his Father at His baptism so centered him to the Kingdom of Heaven that, affirmation or denigration by others made no difference to him.
Jesus knew his mission AND he knew his Father’s heart. In his encounter with Nicodemus Jesus spoke the words that have resonated down the annals of time, “For God so love the world that he gave is only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” Jesus knew the Father’s love for the world and it framed the way he saw people. He knew that he had come to seek and to save the lost. He knew that he would be lifted up on a tree just as the bronze serpent had been lifted up in the wilderness. He knew that he would give his life for the sake of the Father’s love for the world.
I pray that we will be a people to whom Jesus can entrust himself. I pray that we will have the Father’s heart of love for the world, and I pray that we will be committed to the mission of Jesus, pointing people to him so they will not perish but have eternal life.
With deep affection,