Monday, November 2, 2020
There is an old saying that came to my mind today. “The proof is in the pudding.” That is a shortened version of the original saying, which is, “the proof of the pudding is in the eating”. The original version makes much more sense. The only way to know whether or not the pudding is good is to eat it. To fully judge how effective something is you need to use it for its intended purpose.
Doubters and disbelievers of Jesus were seeking proof of His identity and His mission. Jesus had consistently told them that He was the Son of God sent from the Father. He told them He was the Light of the world, and that if they believed in Him they would not walk in darkness, but would have the light of life. He had offered them living water so they would never thirst again. Jesus had presented God the Father to them, but they still did not understand. They still did not believe. They wanted more proof.
In John 8, Jesus gives the people the one proof that will validate everything He said.
John 8:28 “So Jesus said to them, ‘When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority, but speak just as the Father taught me.’”
The proof that Jesus is in complete agreement with God the Father is His obedience to the mission of the cross. The proof of the love of God for sinners is the crucifixion of the Son of God on the cross. The proof that Jesus never did anything of His own accord or for His own benefit is the excruciating suffering the Son of Man endured for our sake.
What more proof do you need?
You want the shame and guilt of your sin to be removed. Jesus died for your sin so it can all be forgiven and washed away.
You want to be loved. There is no greater love than when someone gives their life to save yours.
You want security. The death of Jesus pays the eternal debt of your sin, and the resurrection of Jesus from the dead grants you the security of eternal life.
You are hungry to know the meaning of life. God the Father has provided the pudding. The proof is in the eating. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved.