Daily Readings/ Editorial
Scriptures to be read before the sermon on Sunday, March 1:
Monday: John 11:1-16
Tuesday: John 11:17-36
Wednesday: John 11:38-57
Thursday: John 12:1-11
Friday: John 12:12-36
Saturday: John 12:37-50
“Knowing Everything About God Except God”
An undergraduate student complained about her university’s religion department. She said that there were four professors in the department who taught various courses in everything from Eastern religions to Christian history. She had no question that they knew a great deal about a great many things in religion. But none of them in the department were practitioners of any particular faith. She said that she found that very strange. They knew everything about God except God.
In John 9, Jesus healed a man born blind. The religious leaders were upset about the way that Jesus had done the healing. It did not meet with their understanding of how their religion should be observed. But no matter how eloquently they might have presented their objections based on what they knew about their religion, those words were outdone by the blind man’s simple words: I know one thing—I was blind but now I see. There is no getting around what Jesus had done in the man’s life. Then, it became a matter of whether or not to see Jesus and what He did as being from God or not, and how to respond to the One sent from God.
The writer of John tells us that this event was one of the signs that were written so that people might believe and have life with God. As a sign, the story of the blind man’s healing points others who are seeking to know God beyond the physical miracle itself to how the man responded. Throughout the story, the blind man begins to see more clearly who Jesus is until the story
concludes with him worshipping Jesus – the One who not only healed him but whom he accepted as Lord of his life (John 9:38). As worthy an endeavor as it may be to know as much as possible about God, the only way to know God is through a life commitment to God.
Brennan Manning told the story of a new convert to Christianity who was asked about it by an unbelieving friend:
“So you have been converted to Christ?” “Yes,” the new Christian replied. So his unbelieving friend also asked, “Then you must know a great deal about him, like where he was born and that sort of thing?” The new Christian said quite honestly, “I don’t know.” The new Christian also had to admit that he did not know what age Jesus Christ was when he died nor how many sermons he preached or much of anything else about the founder
of Christianity. As such, the unbelieving friend concluded, “You certainly know very little for a man who claims to be converted to Christ!” The new Christian replied, “You are right. I am ashamed at how little I know about Jesus Christ. But this I know: Three years ago, I was a drunkard. I was too deeply in debt. My family was falling to pieces. They didn’t want to be around me. But, since I became a Christian, I have given up drinking. We are out of debt. Ours is a happy home. My children eagerly await my return home each evening. All this Christ has done for me. This much I know of Jesus Christ!”