He knew the heart of Man.

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The more I read about Jesus, the more I'm drawn to Him. 

I guess that's the way it's supposed to be, but the sheer attraction to Him over the last few years is bordering on obsession. 

For example, this morning I'm cruising right through John, and it's like going down a highway driving 75 MPH, and then throwing the emergency brake on and dropping the car's under carriage right there on the interstate. 

It's John 2:23, right after Jesus 'cleanses the Temple'
"Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he was doing.  Bu Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them because he knew all people and needed no one to bear witness about man for he himself knew what was in man."

He Knew what was in Man.

I guess you might say, "Well of course He knew what was in man, He created man."

But I think there's something even deeper going on here. 

What if this section is another declaration of Jesus' manhood.  He knew mankind because He was mankind.  After all, it was in John 1 that revealed, "The Word became flesh, and dwelt among us." 

I find it fascinating that Jesus knew the heart of man, and didn't entrust himself to them. 

Doing ministry can be a tough job. 

You hear all the ills of the world, and you continue to point people to back to Jesus.  It's not like going to the office, and when 5:00 rolls around, you're done. Ministry is a 24/7 type of job, always on call for the next spiritual ER trauma.  And sometimes, you can give your whole heart to someone, and then they find one little area in your life they don't agree with, and then people begin forming alliances, fights break out, and churches split.

It's a real strange environment, to say the least.

Well, here's Jesus sitting in the Temple, and He's smart enough not to entrust Himself to some people.  Hmm, I wonder if there's a lesson there. 

Sadly, instead of jumping at every spiritual trauma, maybe it's wise for ministry leaders to stop entrusting themselves to everyone that walks through the door.  I wonder if Jesus, knowing the heart of mankind, gave us an impeccable example of someone wise enough to step out of the heart of mankind. 

What do you think?

4 Comments

  1. I am glad you said some men. Yeah I just saw this myself in my own Bible study. Not sure what it means yet. I’m studying it in comparison and contrast to “image and likness of God”. So for John 2:25 was that to the religious non believer? I saw this on studylight.org
    and he knew all men, because he alone searches the heart, and tries the reins. He knows who are sincere, and who are hypocritical: he knows those in whom he can confide, and those to whom he can neither trust himself nor his gifts.
    http://studylight.org/com/acc/view.cgi?book=joh&chapter=002

  2. i think what it meant is that he knows the spirit if man, take for instance Hebrews 4:12 …it judges the attitudes of the heart. the word as He was/is the WORD. He could discern they motives-that their motive was the same thing they did when they asked for a king in 1 Samuel God said they were rejecting Him as their God. So Jesus stopped the history from happening making sure that it was God Himself who was elevating Him to be the King as did David and not man, cos it is true if God doesn’t build the house those who build it, build it in vain. paraphase

  3. I’m at this site so I might as well post a comment!WOW, you are so right when you say that things can be going along perfectly and one error or weakness and the BOC (Body of Christ) will crucify you. Then I think, what makes one ALWAYS catch themselves from having the flesh take control? You always have to be so filled with the Spirit, thus seeking the Word/Spirit continually. Isn’t this our answer? Are American Christians seeking the Kingdom first, everyday, every moment? It all starts with deny thyself…..we’ve become too narcisistic?

  4. I don’t know who you are or where you are but I was using Google to search for “Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them because he knew all people and needed no one to bear witness about man for he himself knew what was in man” and found your page. This scripture stopped me in my tracks sometime over the last year when I read it. It truly speaks of where we should get our value from: God not what man says of us. Hitting your post in the midst of my search for it affirmed something for me. Thank you

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