Saturday, September 17, 2016

Truly Shocking!

This snippet comes from If God Knows What I Need, Why Should I Pray? (pages 22-23)

One reason Jesus came to earth was to correct our wrong ideas about God and to reveal His incredible power. Jesus used shock treatments—mind-boggling stories to jolt people out of thinking like humans so we would start thinking like God. He chose an example that we would never consider—something that’s totally out of the realm of human possibility. He shocked everyone when He said, “Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him” (Mark 11:23).

And just to make sure no one would tamper with His statement by trying to make it merely symbolic, Jesus said, “Truly I say to you.” Although He always spoke the truth, some statements seemed so impossible that He had to reassure the audience by saying, “I’m not joking. This really is possible!” His intent was to increase their faith in His ability.

Imagine seeing a huge mountain rising out of the ground, hovering in mid-air and then zooming miles away into an ocean. His statement was so astonishing and absurd that if Christ Himself had not spoken these words, it certainly would not have been recorded in God’s Word. But it is.

Jesus could have given the disciples a visual demonstration by speaking to the Mount of Olives and commanding it to uproot. While everyone is gawking at the mountain floating above them, He points to the southeast and orders it to fly several miles and drop into the Dead Sea. But Jesus didn’t need to do that because He had already given them a visual demonstration on the previous day. He had spoken to a fig tree saying no one would ever eat from it again. Although the tree didn’t have ears to hear His words, it obeyed His voice and withered up (Mark 11:13,14,20).

Are you facing a difficulty that seems impossible to overcome? Instead of looking at the size of the mountain, place your faith in the ability of God. Remember Jesus’ words, “The things impossible with humans are possible with God” (Luke 18:27).That's something you can hang your faith on.  
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