But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
~ 1 Corinthians 15:20-22
The zealots saw Jesus as a rising star to which they could hitch their revolution. The Pharisees saw Jesus as an upstart, a heretic. The government saw Jesus another problem in an already troubled place. The hopeless saw their savior, acceptance, forgiveness, healing, eternity.
Jesus lived the same life in front of all these people. Many saw something completely different. They knit together his words and measured them against the Spirit, the scriptures and the circumstances. When it all measured up, they accepted or feared him. Some worked against him, some just “regarded” him, withholding judgement until a later date.
When all is said and done, this approach works in every day life. A wise pastor’s wife in a church I attended early in my Christian renewal, told me to look for the confirmation of God when the Spirit, the scriptures and the circumstances all agreed. I must admit I spent too much time looking too closely for this particular event to occur in my life, but once on the other side of it, all of these became clear as a cloudless sky.
Waiting for something? Trust, obey, lean in to the Lord as you look for the answer and follow him. He is able and worthy of your trust, your heart, your praise.
Because of Him,