Taking Jesus at His word

There’s a hymn that says, “Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His word.”  And while every Christian knows the experience of failing to take Him at His word, the Christian also knows that it is indeed sweet when we trust in Him and “prove Him o’er and o’er”.  

We see a great example of taking Jesus at His word in Mark’s account of the Passover.  We read, 

12 And on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the Passover lamb, his disciples said to him, “Where will you have us go and prepare for you to eat the Passover?”

13 And he sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him,

14 and wherever he enters, say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says, Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’

15 And he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready; there prepare for us.” – Mark 14:12-15

Incredible specificity.  We see the world grasp at this kind of awesomeness.  When we watched The Matrix, we were riveted when Morpheus led Neo, over the phone, step by step, as Neo fled from the agents.  In Minority Report, we loved when Agatha knew just where and when to stop so that the balloons would block the view of the Pre-Crime Officers.  We are enamored with these ideas, and yet they’re fictional. 

Our Lord Jesus could actually say where they would go, who they would see, what he would be doing, and what they should do next.  And this is no fiction.  This is God incarnate—behold!

And when the Savior says this, His disciples don’t say, “But how could you know this?”  No,

And the disciples set out and went to the city and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover. – Mark 14:16

They took Him at His word.  By this time, they had known Him and seen what He had been capable of.  They trusted Him.  And they were probably not shocked that it happened just as He said, even if they wondered at it. 

Oh, Christian, do you take Jesus at His word?  Do you believe in the future that He has promised?  Do you believe that He is with you, even to the end of the age?  Do you believe that nothing can separate you from His love?  Tis so sweet to trust in Him, to take Him at His word.  When your faith falters, remember who He is and what He has done.  May we take Him at His word. 

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