Jumping to Conclusions
Daily Bible Reading – 2 Kings 23; 2 Chronicles 35; John 7
Today’s Key Passage – John 7:10-44
This may sound strange, but when I was younger, I had a big problem with the New International Version of the Bible. I grew up hearing and occasionally reading parts of the King James Version of the Bible, and the NIV just seemed too easy. I was used to struggling through the Bible and not really understanding most of the passages, so when I first saw the clear language of the NIV, it almost felt like I was cheating. Eventually I got over this hurdle and started reading the NIV, and I quickly realized I had jumped to the wrong conclusion about it. I made the decision that it could not possibly be a good translation before I really knew anything about it.
Many of the Jews in Jesus’ day jumped to the wrong conclusions about Him. In the early part of His ministry, Jesus taught at the temple during the Feast of Tabernacles. (Vs. 14) Some of the people who had heard about Jesus thought He was a “good man” while others believed He was a “deceiver”. (Vs. 12) When He spoke to the crowd, some people immediately believed He was the Christ (Vs. 41), while others thought He was demon-possessed. (Vs. 20) Some of the Jews simply could not get past the fact that Jesus was from Nazareth. (Vss. 41-42) They jumped to the conclusion that the Messiah could never have come from Galilee, so they missed knowing Jesus as Christ.
All of us jump to conclusions on occasion. We do it in a variety of situations, but none of them are more damaging than when we jump to conclusions about Jesus. Anytime we fear the worst is going to happen, worry that we are not good enough, or doubt that a situation is going to work out; we are jumping to a conclusion about Christ. We are jumping to the conclusion that our God is simply not big enough to solve our everyday issues or problems. This type of thinking, even though most of the time it is unintentional, is toxic to our faith. Do not let yourself jump to the wrong conclusions about Jesus. Instead, focus on all that He has done and conclude that He is who He said He is – the Alpha and the Omega and the King of Kings.
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