Jesus at the Center

Jesus said, “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that bear witness about Me;1” So whether it’s the Jewish roots, believing for signs and wonders, or even wanting to make sure all your doctrinal t’s are crossed and i’s dotted – the enemy wants you to get away from Jesus while convincing you, you are still near to Him.

First Corinthians talks about our love walk; look at the first few verses, “If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.2 And if I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.3 And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.4 Love is patient, love is kind, is not jealous, does not brag, is not puffed up;5 it does not act unbecomingly, does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered;6 it does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;7 it bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (1 Corinthians 13:1-7 LSB).

When Jesus is at the center of our beliefs, love will be evident in our lives, and the enemy’s tactics to get us focused on Scripture without Jesus won’t work. The Jewish roots have brought my relationship with the Lord to a greater level, but I guard against letting the roots of my faith replace the central focus of my faith, Jesus. I listen to messianic rabbis and read books that teach from a Jewish understanding with a messianic perspective. As I gain insight from the Jewish foundation of Scripture, I don’t want to lose that Jesus is the fullness of that revelation.

Jesus said in Mark chapter sixteen that signs would follow them that believe2. The enemy wants us to follow signs instead of having signs follow us. When we become so miracle-focused, we forget the miracle worker; the enemy has won. Paul told Timothy to watch his life and teaching3, yet, the enemy will try to get us to engage in theological wars with fellow believers and try to prove our view right instead of enjoying fellowship through Christ.

Paul wrote to Timothy and said, “But refuse foolish and ignorant speculations, knowing that they produce quarrels.24 And the Lord’s slave must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged,25 with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may give them repentance leading to the full knowledge of the truth,26 and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.” (2 Timothy 2:23-26 LSB).

We will all be wrong in some areas, but do we have a love of the Lord flowing from our lives? We are in error when we care more about taking down those we deem as false teachers, more than walking in love and wanting to see them in truth. Doctrine is important, but correct doctrine without the love of Christ is meaningless. A pursuit and desire for signs and wonders apart from Christ is a passion misplaced. Discovering the Jewish roots but losing Jesus in the process is heartbreaking to God.

Jesus is the theme of the Scriptures; He is the hope of the believer, the King of the Jews, and our soon-coming Lord. Therefore, let us keep our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith.

  1. John 5:39
  2. Mark 16:17-18
  3. 1 Timothy 4:16

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