Jesus said, “I have much more to say to you, more than you can bear,” (John 16:12). This has always been true; God has more to say to us than we are able to bear. God always patiently waits for our ability before speaking to us about new things we ought to know? We see this exampled in Isaiah when he was criticized for his method of teaching. They said he was a man of “Strange lips,” “another tongue,” and taught, “Line upon line, precept upon precept; here a little, there a little.” Thus Jesus’ saying teaches us that God never leads us forward into a new truth concerning Himself until we have obeyed the truth already manifested. Jesus teaching is, “The Divine Law of Revelation,” and it is a call to us to yield.
Here then is the reason for arrested development in the Christian. It is because somewhere we disobeyed the truth, or we refused to submit. The Divine Law comes in to affect; there can be no advancement or development until there has been obedience to the particular thing God has already said to us?
The trouble is we are content not to know the deep things of God, and to live upon the surface of things. But Jesus is calling us to know the deeper things of God. And Jesus will lead us into deeper things, higher things, and better things if we will obey what he has already said.
Jesus commissioned the apostles to go to the lost sheep of Israel and proclaim, “The kingdom is at hand,” (Matt. 10:7). Our commission today is a bit different, for it is to, “All the world” (28:19-20). Our message is the Gospel, or the good news. The good news is: Jesus died for our sins, He rose from the dead, and the Kingdom of Heaven is not at hand, but it has actually begun. The King has come, He suffered, died, and rose from the dead. He now offers His salvation to all who will believe.
This message is important because we live in an age where many are looking for something that makes sense in this world. Ravi Zacharias correctly said, “We are looking for a coherent world view to live by. People are looking for answers to: Why is there evil, where do we find justice, where do we find love, and where do we find forgiveness: Evil, justice, love and forgiveness.” There is only one place in all of history where the answers to these four questions converged, and that was on a hill called Calvary.
We don’t need more wisdom – thought wisdom is good. We don’t need more education – though education is good. We don’t need another well speaking leader, or a larger cathedral. The world needs a savior, and as Christians we know that savior is Jesus Christ, and we are commissioned to tell this to others.
In the New Testament stories of Jesus healing someone, he always brought the person being healed face to face with the one impossible thing in their life. For example in Matt 9:28 two blind men wanted sight. Jesus asked “Do you believe I am able to do this?” In response to their faith he touched them and they were able to do what they could not do – see! In another healing Jesus drove a demon out of a man who was mute, and the man was able to do what he could not do – speak (ibid 32-33).
It is also true that many are kept away from Christ by one thing: Pride of the eyes, lust of the flesh, or a habit; it is always one thing. If it were at all possible for all the fog to melt away that is about us and we could clearly see, and have a minute of real honesty with our friends, family, and co-workers who have never yielded to Christ, it would be found in every case there is one thing hindering a person from coming to Christ.
As an example remember Jesus spoke to the rich ruler and said, “One thing you lack.” Jesus pointed out the one thing that kept him from the Kingdom of God. The example makes my point, Jesus method is always that of bringing men and women face to face with the one thing that is the master paralysis of their life.
What is your one thing?