During my lifetime I have seen countless infomercials, news documentaries, magazine stories, etc. which have made statements much like the title to this post; promises that the subject matter which they are covering could change the world as we know it…sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse.
As Jesus was preaching and gaining notoriety for His miracles, His claims of being God, and His “violation” of the Jewish Sabbath rules, the religious leaders realized that if He were allowed to continue, this could change everything they stand for and become accustomed to (comfortable with). Instead of embracing the promise of what He was bringing, they feared He could change everything in a negative way. The Jewish leaders felt they could lose their influence in the religious world they had established while following the God of the Old Testament.
“Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what he did, believed in him, but some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. So the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered the Council and said, ‘What are we to do? For this man performs many signs. If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and out nation.” John 11:45-48
Did you see it? What are WE to do? If WE let him go on like this we will lose OUR place and OUR nation. They were more concerned with losing their way of life than they were with the world being healed and being truly set free. Instead of looking for the Messiah that they have studied their entire lives, they were more concerned with preserving their authority and rule among their people. And this, my friends, is the dilemma we have faced since that time even among those who do not believe in God. Many believed in Jesus then and many have continued to believe in Him and depended on Him for their eternity since that time. But when we find ourselves more tied to our established ways of life and the comfort and authority we seemingly “enjoy” without Jesus, we will always see Him as a threat instead of a Savior.
By His very nature, Jesus only came to liberate us from what we “think” we know, and redeem us from the paths we are on without Him. As John put it, “He came that we may have life, and have it to the full!” Yes, THIS… COULD… CHANGE… EVERYTHING! But only if we will trust Him beyond what we know and believe that He came with the promise and hope to change us for eternity and liberate us from the bonds and fears that hold us back, far beyond what we can possibly imagine.
As Aladdin asked Queen Jasmine when he extended his hand while hovering on his magic carpet, “Do you trust me?” Life on this earth is much more than a cartoon or a fairy tale and Jesus has much more to offer us than a magic carpet ride. He is extending His hand. We need only to decide…do we trust Him to take us far beyond what we could possibly imagine. What we may think we will lose, will pale in comparison to what we will gain…both in this world and in all of eternity.