Sep 22, 2020
“Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John (although Jesus himself did not baptize, but only his disciples)…” (John 4:1-2)
Who was baptizing and making disciples---Jesus or the disciples?
Jesus knew the Pharisees had heard He was baptizing and making more disciples than John. Don’t miss the fascinating parenthetical statement that Jesus himself didn't baptize them—His disciples did.
Jesus was baptizing more people than John, but Jesus wasn’t doing it. His team was. Them doing it meant He was doing it.
It is one of those fascinating paradoxical mysteries of the faith.
I have been thinking a lot about the power of paradox in the Bible as I am studying the book of James and the dynamic between faith and works.
Whatever I do, I hunger for Jesus to be doing it, that by faith He is at work in and through me. I am doing a work but it is really Jesus at work, and then it is to HIS glory. When that is happening, deep is the gratitude for every opportunity and deeper is my faith in Him and HIS work.
Lord help me not to miss anything you want to do through me. Fill my heart with love for you that pumps blood into my hands and feet toward action. And to YOU be the glory.
Connie Sue Larson says (Sep 23, 2020):
A hearty AMEN! That is exactly how I feel!