Good morning, reasonable Christian! You and I are defined as ‘reasonable’ Christians on a number of most relevant grounds - all attributable to the Lord God Who has redeemed us; the Lord God Whom we love and seek to serve in Christ Jesus. Praise God we seek to serve a Divine and reasoning Lord God!
“But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel (including all Gentile nations that would later be saved by Christ Jesus); After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, that they shall be My people…for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” (Jeremiah 31:33-34)
Our Lord God Almighty is not some inanimate rock, or tree, or idol of wood or stone. Our Lord God is the true Creator of all things, a Lord God Who has condescended to communicate with us, His creatures, by His Spirit, and through His written Word. The Lord God Jehovah loves us enough to reason with us on things temporal and Eternal. Wow! What a most reasonable Lord God!
Definition: Logician - a person skilled in logic; the science and art of reasoning correctly; the science of promoting the necessary laws of thought; the principles of any branch of knowledge; sound reasoning; a convincing and compelling force of logical understanding. (Chambers Dictionary p. 946)
In our Bible reading for today, we see Christ Jesus employing His Divine skills as the Eternal Logician. He is reasoning with the Jews who had taken ‘…up stones again to stone Him.’ (V.31)
A tyrant would have merely crushed all opposition by superior power and force. Christ Jesus, the Son of the Living Lord God, chose to reason with His opponents using His power of Divine Logic. What a gracious Lord God.
First of all Christ asked the relevant question to His would-be killers: “Jesus answered then, Many good works have I shewed you from My Father; for which of those works do ye stone Me?” (V.32)
The Jewish opponents were compelled to answer Him, “…saying, For a good work we stone Thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that Thou, being a man, makest Thyself God.” (V. 33)
“Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill Him, because He not only had broken the Sabbath, but said also that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God.” (John 5:18)
The Lord Jesus then delivered the knockout blow of sheer and Divine logic. He reasoned:
“If I do not the works of My Father (God), believe Me not. But if I do, though ye believe not Me, believe the works (miracles); that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.” (Vs. 37-38)
Now this is sheer and Divine Logic, my friend. Surely no sound reasoning mind could refute such visible evidence? The Lord Jesus had performed ‘…works…’ that only the Creator Lord God could perform; proving Himself without doubt that He was in fact God of very God. Christ Jesus proved to all that could clearly see that He could heal lepers; give sight to the blind; grant release to all those captivated by sin (as in the case of the palsied man).
By doing such Divine works, Christ Jesus revealed Himself to be the Messiah long awaited - but yet the hardened hearts of the Jewish Nation just would not receive Him. There is none as blind and he/she who will not see.
Many that can see, physically speaking, are often Spiritually blind!
If you and I declared ourselves to be joiners, carpenters; engineers - or skilled craftsmen and women of every nature - then actually did such skilled work, no one would doubt that we were exactly what we declared ourselves to be.
When Christ Jesus came and declared Himself to be the Messiah promised, He did the Divine works that only God can do - yet the people received Him not. What a tragedy! What flying in the face of all logic - human and Divine. What a consequence for such total unbelief! Hell will be so very hot.
In today’s Bible passage the Lord Jesus is revealed clearly as God. He is also proven to be God by the works that He did. His reasoning power is irrefutable to all those who are granted faith to believe and receive Him.
Thought: Have you received Christ Jesus - the Divine Logician? Do so today.