Reflection for Wednesday 13th July 2022

Jon Ellis

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Reflection Matthew 11: 25-27 July 13

Matthew 11
25 ¶ At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.
26 Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.
27 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No-one knows the Son except the Father, and no-one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

I say that I don’t want to lose my child-like faith. When I say this, the reply comes back that it is important to study the full meanings in the Bible. To explore more about the background. I shouldn’t be content to be like a child. I need to grow as a Christian and not stay as a child in my faith.
Hebrews 5: 13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.

What I mean is that, I am sure of my faith in Jesus. I am happy to study and find out more by reading the Bible, but the core of my faith is that Jesus died on the cross to turn me from my sinful life, and he rose again that I can have a new life and relationship with God. That is the most important thing. The studies are an extra. In any loving relationship we want to find out more about each other, but love is what holds us together.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

Jesus says in today’s reading, verse 25, God has hidden things from the wise and the learned. No matter how much study, how clever we think we are, the most important thing is to know the core of our belief in God’s love through Jesus’ sacrifice. If I lose that, then no amount of study will get it back.

Then in Verse 27, it says that no-one knows God like the Son and those whom the Son chooses to reveal to them. God is beyond our understanding. How could we possibly fully understand God! No amount of study can fully bridge that gap, only faith in Jesus can. And I don’t want to lose that basic, child-like, faith.

One of the reasons I like being in the Church of England is that we get non-believers in church as times. They come for weddings, funerals, baptisms. They also come just to light a candle and pray, or simply to wander into church. We mustn’t be so overbearingly preachy that we put them off, but neither should we downplay our faith in God’s saving Grace through Jesus. The Holy Spirit has brought them in, even if they don’t really know why, now we have our part to play.

God our saviour,
look on this wounded world
in pity and in power;
hold us fast to your promises of peace
won for us by your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.