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Online Bible Verses - John Chapter 15: Worth A Try
An invitation, Jesus put out quite a few.
The text that jumps out here, “apart from me you can do nothing”. As with yesterday’s verse set, also from John, it jumps out because it is absolute and somewhat restrictive. Restrictive in that Jesus once again sets Himself apart from all other sources of authority.
Simply put, if there are “turn off” verses in the Bible, this is one of them. “Turn off” used because someone who has not come to faith in Christ, will, understandably, see it as exclusive. Personally, 25 years ago, I would not have seen it as particularly bothersome. Rather, the implication would have just gone over my head or I would have quickly dismissed it and moved on with what I was wrapped up in on that particular day.
One additional possibility. Around that time, late 80’s, I had just begun to consider that these “born again” types seemed to possess a common thread or behavior. That being, an intense focus on Jesus. Jesus this, Jesus that. Everything always came back to Jesus. In retrospect, I can also testify to a slow change which took place in my life and heart. Something began to chip away at my point of view. I had begun, unsuccessfully as life presented increasing challenge, to chart my own course. Left up to my own devices, that attempt to plan and navigate did not work at all. I eventually found myself in a place where giving Jesus a chance appeared to be an option worth considering. I concluded that, apart from Him, perhaps I couldn’t make it work. So I simply gave Him a chance, calling out to someone I thought might actually be there. It was just worth a try, and I needed someone or something much bigger than myself to help.
I think it worked. I believe it worked. It seems to be working still. Maybe He is for real. If life can be likened to a poker game, then I have cashed all my chips in and bet on Him. That is a big bet, in that spirit prompts faith while flesh prompts doubt. If I am correct in my assertion, scripture tells me that I have Him to thank. It’s that Jesus thing again.