Emanna for 02/18/2020
Having the Scriptures and a Heart for Christ (3)
John 5:39 You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is these that testify concerning Me. (40) Yet you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.
Words of Ministry
[Part 3 of 4]
None of the religious people in Jerusalem went with the magi to Bethlehem. This is quite strange. If you had been a priest among those priests, would you not have gone with the wise men to see if Jesus had actually been born in Bethlehem? If I had been there, I certainly would have gone to find out for myself whether or not Christ had actually been born. But none of them went. They had knowledge and they could tell people that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem; yet none of them went for themselves. Although they were for the knowledge of the Bible, they were not for the living Person of the Messiah. How about today's situation? Many are very scriptural, but they care only for the Scriptures, not for the living Christ. If the Jewish religionists had cared for Christ, they would have gone to Bethlehem, which was not far from Jerusalem even by the ancient method of travel. Although Bethlehem was not far, none of the scribes, elders, or priests bothered to go. This proves that you can have the knowledge of the Bible without having a heart for the living Christ. To have the vision is one thing, to have the knowledge of the Bible is another thing, and to have a heart for the living Christ is still another thing. We all need to pray, "Lord, give me a heart for You. I want to see the vision and I want to know the Bible. But even more, I want to have a heart that seeks You."
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry, from Witness Lee, Life-study of Matthew, 1986, pp. 83. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 1/22/99) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org.