Seeing Jesus Through the Fog

Posted on February 15, 2015

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A large portion of understanding the Bible and even understanding the call on our lives is really knowing Jesus.  In our pop culture individuals study the person that they are a fan of whether they be in movies, music, or sports and often they literally know every detail of that’s person’s life from birth to current events. This is the devotions we need to Jesus and achieve this by relentless study of the Word. The book of John begins declaring Jesus to be eternal and him being the Word, the Word that became flesh and walked the earth. Later Jesus says you must eat my flesh and drink my blood saying there is eternal life in them. Living this out is the relentless life style of studying the Word of God.

Familiarity

A person that literally idolizes a star of our culture knows everything about them, as if they met them face to face. There are people today that were not alive in the 70s when Elvis Presley passed yet in their devotion have memorized his songs and his entertainment style, and of course dress like him on occasion. To talk with a devout Elvis fan you may think they actually met him face to face from the detail of their knowledge.  There are sports fans that know game statistics from World Series twenty years ago and more because of their passion of their life. Understanding Jesus is the same, intense study really makes us know Him!

John 21:12 Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord.

Jesus In a Different Form

The preceding verse presents a puzzling statement saying the disciples who spent over three years with Jesus would not ask Jesus if he was Jesus because they knew it was Jesus.  Likewise the disciples on the Road to Emmaus spent a lot of time with Jesus but initially did not recognize his physical appearance.

Luke 24: 16 But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.

Jesus intentionally concealed himself to the disciples on the Road to Emmaus so they could not recognize Him. With the disciples in John, he either did the same, concealed himself or was of another appearance, it’s not clear. It is clear though that something was different about His appearance and HE WAS RECOGNIZED BY HIS ACTIONS NOT HIS TRADITIONAL APPEARANCE.

Recognized By Actions

In John 21:7 John says to Peter “It is the Lord.” John had observed a few actions and words of Jesus, though he did not physically recognize Jesus and knew it was really Jesus.  John’s relationship with Jesus was so deep in the three years of discipleship that John knew by the actions and words it was Jesus. This is a place we all need to be!

Luke 24: 32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?

The disciples on the Road to Emmaus also recognized Jesus but were unable to put it all together until Jesus opened their eyes. Their hearts were burning inside them because everything about Jesus told them it was Jesus except the obvious physical appearance.  In this case they could not get passed the physical appearance to realize it was Jesus but they were burning knowing something special was happening.

Our Hearts Burning Within Us

Feelings are great but they must line up with the written word of God. We must have some caution about the fire in our hearts and again that fire gets refined by being an active student of the Word of God, ALL OF OUR LIVES.  Knowing the truth will help to you see the counterfeit.  As the two Emmaus disciples heard Jesus speak their hearts burned because they were hearing truth and accuracy being spoken as they had heard it previously from Jesus. Their spirits experienced a familiarity to truth they had already heard and were being reminded of directly from Jesus.  The problem was the fog of the Word coming from a source they did not recognize.  Today we can be in the fog when Jesus speaks to us from a source we are not accustomed to receiving it from like a dream. Some people are not used to getting a personal prophetic word, used to wrong interpretation of a passage, expect a minister to be in a suit and tie, or ordained by a particular organization, all these can add some fog to seeing and receiving Jesus.

Personal Burnings of Mine

Over the years the burning for me has come through a couple sources, one from reading the Word and the other a rejection of common doctrines.  The first burning inside has happened to me many times from reading the Bible and coming across a passage that is almost never taught on with a seemingly message that cannot be found.  The story of Micah in Judges chapter 17 & 18 is one that seemed such a confusing story with no explanation.  For over ten years I read that story and prayed for God to show me what he was saying and then my eyes were opened and I saw so clearly the message, a picture of current religion, man based and not listening to the direction of the Lord.  Then my heart has burned over wrong interpretation  and wrong doctrines that are commonly taught.  One of these is when I hear people telling me to be a Christian door mat and turn the other cheek.  God would not have me be a door mat and suffer persecution for no reason, my heart burns knowing God is not a God that just has us suffer for the sake of suffering.  Then God showed me the truth of His Word using his Word to interpret the Word and how turning the other cheek is about taking punishment and paying debts a person owes, not just accepting random punishment.  You can see which words is God’s heart if you know him.  Sure we suffer for the cause of Christ at times but never in a random way but possibly when deliberately sharing the gospel.  My heart has burned many times when I get a personal prophetic word that I know is from God as opposed to a soulish prophetic word that I have often received from well-meaning Christians that are speaking their hearts and not the heart of God.

Why the Fog?

Jesus often spoke in parables and this was almost always to the multitude. Jesus saves the deep truths to real disciples, those that have a passage and hunger to know him and serve him.

Matthew 13:10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? 11  He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. 12  For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. 13  Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

You have to want to see through the fog.  A parable for a hungry disciple is basically bait to study the Word.  Jesus separated the luke warm and cold believers from those with passion by parables and mysteries.  Those that wish to go all the way with him dig deep and seek the Lord for the depth of everything he says.  They have a regular diet of the Bible always looking for more mysteries to be revealed and He never fails but keeps taking those that are hungry deeper and deeper, not just in knowledge but in relationship ship with Him. Even the things of the law that God forbade, teach us about his nature.  The things of the ceremonies of the Levitical priesthood teach us how to worship him.  These things can’t be seen without deep relationship that is nurtured constantly by studying the word, literally consuming the flesh of Jesus.

Feed of Jesus and the fogs in your life and understanding will be lifted!

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