And they told the woman, “We no longer believe because of what you said, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this really is the Savior of the world.” John 4:42
It is a powerful and sobering thought that we can hear/study/read for ourselves about the Savior of the world and are then faced with the choice to believe or not believe. We have to make a choice based on the knowledge we are given and that choice becomes the basis of our faith. Which choice we make determines where our faith is placed. And God continues to place opportunities for knowledge in front of us to deepen that faith or make adjustments to our faith.
We are beginning to see that process with the disciples early in Jesus’ ministry. It was after Jesus came to them in the storm that those in the boat worshiped Him as the Son of God (Matthew 14:33). But that was early in their collection of knowledge about Jesus and we will see that faith become stronger as we continue through the gospel story. But other disciples heard for themselves and made a different choice – to turn back and follow Him no longer (John 6:60-66).
Knowledge is what transforms our faith! We will not strive for knowledge’s sake but for faith’s sake.
If you have time, here is a 2-part video of the testimony of a contemporary Jewish man who was challenged in his knowledge that brought him to a saving faith that Jesus is the Messiah – My Search for Messiah, part one and part two. It is a great example of persistent presentation with the knowledge of the gospel as a witness to others.
This week’s worksheet can be accessed here. I updated it to include a couple of verse references I inadvertently left out of Sunday’s print outs.
Let’s press on as we follow Jesus through the gospels!