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Can Jesus trust you? | John 2:23-25

23 Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover feast, many believed in His name [identifying themselves with Him] after seeing His signs (attesting miracles) which He was doing. 24 But Jesus, for His part, did not entrust Himself to them, because He knew all people [and understood the superficiality and fickleness of human nature], 25 and He did not need anyone to testify concerning man [and human nature], for He Himself knew what was in man [in their hearts–in the very core of their being].

John 2:23-25 (AMP)

Many believe

After the water to wine wedding miracle and the temple purge, Jesus performed other signs to prove He was Messiah, He was God. What was the result? Many believed in His name. What did they believe? Jesus can perform miracles. He is greater than John the Baptist. Jesus has a zeal for God and the temple. Some, like Nathanael, believed Jesus to be the Son of God, the King of Israel.

But did they believe He is the Lamb of God who takes away their sins (John 1:29), as John the Baptist did? Did they trust in Him to deliver them from sin? Surely some did, but even they needed to grow in their faith and knowledge of Him.

Human nature

Even though they believed in Him, Jesus did not believe in them. Being God, he knew the nature of mankind. The Amplified version explanatory notes help us get a better picture of the text. “He knew that the initial enthusiasm and faith, based on miracles, that some people manifested would evaporate.” (planobiblechapel.org) He knows the nature of Man; Jesus is man! He has a human nature. Jesus has lived with sinners and experienced the same temptations, just without sin (Hebrews 4:15). 

Pastors today

Pastors and church workers can benefit from divine insight into human nature. Ask a pastor how many times they have been “fooled” by a shallow phoney faith. Some bring it on themselves by preaching a partial gospel that says things like, “Come to Jesus and He will take care of your financial situation.” Surely many desperate people will believe a message like that. Then, when it happens, they quickly forget their commitment. If it doesn’t happen, they walk away.

<- Reflection ->

  • Evaluate your own faith. Have you believed in Jesus just for what things He can do for you?
  • Is your faith solid such that you can help another whose faith is weaker?
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