I remember a few years ago, I had a conversation with a colleague about what life would have looked like if we had lived in the days when Jesus walked the face of the earth. He concluded by saying, he would have believed in him. My response to him was that I doubted it, because there were also men in those days who saw him, ate with him, who didn’t believe him. Therefore seeing him in itself doesn’t guarantee to believe in him.
What do men do with God? Men all through the ages have sustained the sense that there is a power out there, something or someone bigger than them, who is responsible for making certain results possible. They were so sure of this reality, that they evolved idols. Idols then are objects of priority and worship to whom certain powers and possibilities are ascribed. And it follows that subscription to the idols provides access to their perceived dividends. They are held as the representative objects of the unseen.
Fast forward. Then came along a man who said he was God. Who demonstrated infallibly that he was God. Because actually, He is God. His coming was well documented, his attributes well expressed, his performance and instructions consistent with the claims that he made. Finally, we had a physical representation of the unseen, but not an idol, rather, the Man that is also God. I would have thought that, this would have been a touchdown, a reality that would brought liberation to men who have desperately desired to have a relationship with the unseen God.
God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
But not man. Man prefers the god of his creation, not the God that created him. Man would serve the god that he can use, not the God who created him for his purpose and pleasure. In other words, man will serve god, provided that god is not the true God.
So we find, first in a parable:
But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.
And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him.
And then in reality:
Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:
Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:
What then? There are two kinds of postures that man takes when confronted by the reality of God. It’s either he accepts, bows down and follows, or rebels in his heart, finds the nearest available cross and hangs God. There is no middle ground.
What have you done with God? What will you do with God? The men who shouted Hosanna, also shouted Crucify him. What are you currently shouting?