The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"The Person In the Pages"
"And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph" (Luke 3:23).
"As was supposed." It was not actually the case that the Lord Jesus Christ was the son of Joseph. This does not minimize Joseph's role in the life of God's Son. Any Biblical consideration of the man warrants the utmost respect for his faith and obedience to God, his devotion to Mary, and the provision, protection, and aid he administered in rearing the Lord Jesus. He well performed as a father, so much so that the Lord was considered by many to be "the son of Joseph" (John 6:42).
It remains, however, that Joseph was only supposed to be Christ's father. This speaks to how important it is that what we know of our Lord becomes more than supposition.
"While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, Saying, What think ye of Christ? Whose son is He?" (Matthew 22:41-42).
The Bible plainly and definitely answers the question. It also answers many inquiries about the infinite Son of God who became for us the earthly son of man. The Christian life begins with discovery of "Whose Son is He?" "These are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through His name" (John 20:31). The Christian life continues with the same. "But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (II Peter 3:18). Scripture provides the light whereby we increasingly discover the character, nature, and way of our Savior and Lord. Supposition gives way to certainty in the pages of God's written Word that ever shines upon Christ, the living Word. "In Thy light shall we see light" (Psalm 36:9).
We cannot know the Lord Jesus as He truly is apart from the Bible. We can only suppose. In a generation wherein much of Christendom races headlong away from the truth and authority of Scripture, seeking a Christ of mere supposition, believers must keep our hearts and minds near to the "It is written" so beloved by the Savior Himself (the New Testament records more than 20 instances in which He uttered the words). Failure to do so will lead us into the twilight and darkness of "as was supposed" rather than the bright light of "I am.. the truth" (John 14:6). Our Lord stated the matter plainly, and we close with His confirmation of seeking His glorious Person in the Pages that glimmer so brightly with His light…
"Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of Me."
Weekly Memory Verse
"But Thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering."