Beware of People Who have all the Answers

Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:16-20

Christians don’t have all the answers.

God tells us that he is the Father, he is the Son, he is the Holy Spirit. Each “person” is God and distinct from the other two. At the same time, God tells us he is only one God. How can three be one? We don’t have the answer.

Christians don’t have all the answers. God did not write the Bible to give us all the answers, but he does answer these most important questions:

• What is my purpose in life?
• How do I relate to God?
• What happens when I die?

Answers to these questions are life-changing, and Jesus wants everyone to know them. So Jesus commissioned to Christians to share these answers with everyone. This is what he meant by “making disciples of all nations.” With these answers, people can have a full life, a great relationship with God, and complete security for their future after death.

Christians don’t know everything. But we do know:

• We mess up in life. We do bad things, sometimes by accident, sometimes on purpose. Those bad things make God angry with us.
• Jesus sacrificed his own life to make up for all the bad things we’ve done. God has forgiven all our sins because of Jesus.
• God gives us his friendship and he reserves a place in heaven for us. No charge. No conditions. We couldn’t afford the entrance fee. Heaven is God’s gift to us through Jesus.

We may not have all the answers. But the answers we do have make a huge difference. We gladly make disciples (students) of all nations by sharing the answers we do have.

We can’t explain everything. God says he is three persons in one God – too much for my brain. That’s OK. I am absolutely certain I’m going to heaven because Jesus died for me. Once I get there, I can ask God for those answers.

You can make the same plans. Because Jesus died for you too. No question about it.

 Prayer: Jesus, thanks for giving me the answers I need to know. Amen.
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