Walking with Jesus

This morning my New Testament reading ended in an odd spot at Mark 14:26, so I kept reading and finished the gospel. I sat and pondered why the reading plan would stop at such a weird place but knew it was due to the number of verses in the New Testament being split over four months. My mind began to wander as I sat, and I thought about the last week of Jesus’s life. I’ve been reading a set of Charles Spurgeon’s sermons on Christ’s last week, so things relating to Christ’s sacrifice have been common in recent weeks.

I began to think of the two men who walked with Jesus on the road after His resurrection. Luke 24:27 NKJV “And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.” I’ve often wished that everything Jesus said in that conversation would have been included in the gospel record. Could you imagine Jesus going from Genesis to Malachi, showing everything that points to Him?! But had that been recorded, I believe we would be robbed of such rich treasure hunting and making connections between the Old and New Testaments.

The truth is, reading Matthew and Mark this month has once again made me realize just how much I don’t know or haven’t retained about who Jesus is. It’s easy to fall into the trap of, I know this story and gloss over huge chunks of the gospel narrative. As I sat thinking so many thoughts this morning, I prayed; Lord, I want to know you, you have given me four gospels, Hebrews, the epistles, Revelation, and all of the Old Testament that points to you. Help me to know you better and love you more. Cleanse me from the thoughts of I know this, restore to me a hunger and a deep passion to know you.

The best way to know Jesus is not through some mystical encounter or watching things like The Chosen that are loosely based on Scripture and take too much creative license. The best way to know Jesus is to read the gospels, the epistles that expound on His message, and the Old Testament that points to Him. One of the greatest schemes of the enemy has been to pull us away from Scripture to seek an “experience” not connected to Scripture. We find ourselves wanting to hear God outside the Bible; I can’t count the times I’ve heard people say, I read the Bible, but I wanted more. The people I’ve listened to say that end up speaking more about dreams and visions than Scripture. That is not how we gain a deeper relationship with Jesus, nor are dramas that admit they are loosely based on Scripture.

John 20:31 NKJV “but these things were written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.”

We don’t need signs and wonders today; the Scripture is the evidence of Jesus. The New Testament constantly warns of false prophets and lying signs and wonders. Those in the Church today who promote a prosperity gospel, last days revival of signs and wonders message are leading away from the Jesus of Scripture. Just listen to how they put us on the same level with Jesus and even God. We are created in His image, but we are not a carbon copy of Jesus, we do not have His DNA, and we cannot call things into existence. Scripture says, “God calleth those things that be not as though they were.” God calleth, not man calleth. Through many wolves dressed as shepherds, the devil has caused many Christians to blur the line between creator and creation. We are called to be disciples of Jesus. We are not “Jesus with skin on.” It’s time for Christians to put away the idea of mystical experience, personal revelations, and deeper knowledge through encountering Jesus in The Chosen. We know Jesus through the written Word of Scripture.

Walk with Jesus in the gospels. Spend a month reading John one through seven every day, then eight through twelve the next month, followed by thirteen through seventeen, and eighteen through twenty-one. Read books that take you through the gospels and expound on them. Stay away from books about people’s personal experiences, revelations, and angelic encounters; none of that can be verified; what is confirmed and given by God is the Scripture. The Scripture is enough; let’s meet Jesus there.

I know The Chosen is a popular series but there are many issues that raise concern. I have watched several interviews with Dallas Jenkins and have become uncomfortable with his unwillingness to address serious questions. He has admitted to taking license in the series which no doubt will bring about confusion as to what did happen in Jesus’s life and what is simply artistic license to make things flow better. This YouTube video is almost six hours long and it shows why The Chosen is not bringing the biblical gospel to people. the video shows interviews with the creator, social media videos of the man who plays Jesus, and more. I know you may say six hours long, but if the truth matters to us, we can all take a few days and get through the video. The person and work of Jesus is too important and too holy to be messed with in the way The Chosen series does.

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