2 Timothy 4:3-4NASB
“For the time will come when they will not tolerate sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance with their own desires, and they will turn their ears away from the truth and will turn aside to myths.”
“For the time will come . . .” Have we reached that time? I’m thinking that this time has always been with us to some degree, but it definitely has been exhilarating as of late. And I don’t see any signs of it slowing down, in fact the exact opposite appears to be the reality. I could easily give you a long list of examples, but who needs to focus more on what is happening all around us. I know that I surely don’t.
Turning away from the truth and instead turning aside to myths. There is only one truth and that is Jesus, but there are many myths. One definition of a myth is that it is a kind of story which attempts to interpret some aspect of the world around us, which has no basis in fact. That having “no basis in fact” aspect is the kicker. In other words, it is not truth, it is a lie, something that looks like truth, but it has been fabricated.
The problem being, we all seem to figure that the “facts” that we know of, are the true facts and everyone else has been deceived to believe a lie. And those are just the external myths, we also entertain internal myths that we fabricate about ourselves. That would be where we fabricate truths about ourselves that also have no basis in fact. I could write a book about myself on that one. But the long and the short of it when it comes to internal truth, about ourselves and especially about Jesus, is that we can’t and Jesus can. So it’s not about how we modify Jesus to correlate with how we are, it’s about how we ask Jesus, because of who He is, to modify us so that we are like He is.
The short story is that I believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that all that the Bible says about Jesus is true, and I do believe that the faith or trust that I have in Jesus is based on fact, which is also true. I’ve taken the time to check out an awful lot of the “facts” about Jesus and based on what I have discovered, I know why I believe, what I believe.
But Jesus is a lot more than “facts”. Because He is real, He has interacted with me over the years, in ways that I could have never imagined. He’s shown me realities that I had no idea existed, allowed me to experience His presence, love, forgiveness and concern, which only He could show me, because they originate from Him. Some of these interactions are personal, very personal, where Jesus made it very clear, that I was His, that He heard my prayers, and sometimes He would answer my prayers, even when I had forgotten all about them. And I cherish those interactions, which still continue to this day. A very few of these interactions are really noteworthy but most of them are relatively small, little reminders along the way, that the path that I am on is the right one and that my trust and faith in Him is well founded.
But the most solidifying aspect about Jesus is His truth, the actual words that He gave us, what He said and what He actually did. How Jesus interacted with others. It’s hard to put a finger on one particular aspect of it, but as one reads God’s Holy Word and closely becomes aware of how very different Jesus thought, and acted, and we see His devotion and love for His heavenly Father, and why He did, what He did, the reality of who Jesus unfolds and His promises become our hope, because Jesus is indeed, the way, the truth and the life.
One of the “truths” that Jesus gave us is found in Matthew 7:13-14 NASB, which reads as follows:
“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is narrow and the way is constricted that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
That is a sobering truth that Jesus gave us, especially when we focus on “the many” and “the few”. Jesus is the narrow gate, versus the wide gate and “the way” is constricted that leads to life versus the way that is broad that leads to destruction. Don’t fall into the trap of looking at the waves, the many myths that abound, stay focused on Jesus, feed on His word and heed His guidance through His indwelling Holy Spirit that resides in all who trust and have faith in Him. We who believe in Jesus have but one destination and but one Captain at our helm. Just one. Jesus.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!