We are lucky, here in 2018, post resurrection! We get the full picture of who Jesus is, where he came from and where he went. To be honest, I can understand why the teachers of the law wigged out when they heard, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” (8:58)
That was new information!!! Imagine how hard that would be to understand!
Think how hard it would be to believe that not one, but two buildings, that took the space of 16 acres in width and rose a quarter of a mile in height, could disappear in a matter of minutes. Prior to 2001, structural engineers and experts would have said it was impossible. Those same experts would stand up and condemn engineers today who still believed it couldn’t happen. The current engineers would be responsible for the new information available them when forming their opinion.
It makes me realize how much more accountable we are for what we know. I am reminded of that verse in Luke when Jesus said, “The queen of the South will rise up at judgement and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.” (Luke 11:31)
The queen of Sheba’s actions (faith) pointed out how the Pharisees of Jesus’ time didn’t have faith. Likewise, the Pharisees who did believe in Jesus, before they understood His whole story, can “condemn” later generations for their unbelief since they (we) do have the whole story.
Today we read how Jesus is revealing information that people of the past and even angels longed to know and understand (1 Peter 1:10-12). With the new information, people are responsible for what Jesus revealed. What will they do with it? Believe it? Act like it never happened?
I say we are lucky! Personally, I think it’s easier to believe when I have all the information. As I read the Bible everyday I feel more and more confident of the truth. It’s like I am living out John 8:31: “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.”