” Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name (John 20:30,31).”
“”Tora! Tora! Tora!”.
That’s the phrase Japanese pilots used to signal their commanders that complete surprise had been achieved in attacking Pearl Harbor in 1941, beginning World War II.
“”Tora! Tora! Tora! is also the name of a 1970 movie depicting the events leading up to the attack. The film shows that the Americans were asleep at the switch.
All the signs of an impending attack were there. The United States military had broken Japanese code and were thus able to read messages sent to the Japanese embassy prior to and up until December 7. However, even the White House seemed unresponsive.
When a final message to the Japanese Embassy makes it clear that war is imminent, the primary U.S. military commanders were unavailable to receive the information. They were carrying out their normal routine on a Sunday: playing golf and horseback riding.
Even in Hawaii, when a U.S. Navy ships sinks a Japanese midget submarine and the American ship reports it, an officer in charge at Pearl Harbor doesn’t respond. He just thinks the new commander of the ship is nervous.
Thus, even though all the signs were there and were communicated to the people who could do something about it, the main U.S. naval base was attacked by surprise. The American fleet was crippled and the country’s ability to respond to the attack significantly hindered.
You have to be pretty ignorant, or even stupid, to dismiss information from credible source, even if the message is too extraordinary and improbabale to be believed. As the destruction at Pearl Harbor shows, the result of not believing the truth can be horrendous.
There was a fellow in the Bible who had trouble trusting from he heard from what should, to him, have been a trustworthy source. Thomas heard from his fellow disciples that Jesus had risen from the grave, and he just couldn’t believe it.
It wasn’t until he met the risen Jesus face to face that he said,”My Lord and My God!”. Jesus told Thomas, whose name in history had added an adjective, i.e. “Doubting”: “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed (John 20:24-29).”
The apostle Paul was out there teaching the truth about Jesus night and day, In fact, one night he went on so long about the amazing news of Jesus that he put a young man to sleep.
Eutychus fell to the ground and died. Paul miraculously raised him, however, and his family was extremely happy (Acts 20:9-12).
One has to wonder if Eutychus truly beleived what he was hearing. If he had, he wouldn’t have started snoozing.
I think we believers in Jesus tend to be somewhat “ho-hum” about the reality of what we profess. Sometimes you have to wonder if we truly do believe what we say we do.
If we did, it seems we’d be out there shouting it from the rooftops and suffering any consequence. We’d endure suffering joyously and look forward to the return of Jesus.
I know one thing about myself. Personally, I am tired.
I have been a Christian all my life. Yet, I don’t seem to have the “joy of Jesus” in my heart.
“Why should I keep it up? Why shouldn ‘t I just fall away?” are the questions I have been asking myself today.
It’s a lot of work to get out of bed on Sunday morning and go to church. I am a busy man, and like the sleep I get on Sundays if I stay between the sheets.
Meeting with a huge group of men at 6 am on Tuesdays is a killer, too. It wrecks my brain in the middle of the week.
Is losing sleep for Jesus worth it? I guess it probably is, if He is real and the gospel is true.
If He is really in my heart, and others are truly going to hell without him, then sure, losing sleep is the least of my problems.
But from what I can see, Jesus ain’t around. The only sign of Him is in the people who call themselves Christians and generally speaking, go to my church.
I hardly know most of those people, though. I don’t interact with them enough to know if they are deluded or not.
Jesus was kind enough to address my doubts today, however. He showed me that He left something behind which is a reliable source concerning the reality of Him.
You know it. I know it. It’ s the book, which in my case, is sitting unread in the trunk of my car. In your case it might be collecting dust somewhere.
This reliable source is called the Bible. If what it says is true, and I believe it is, then I have plenty of reason to stick with what I believe instead of giving into my weariness and leaving the faith.
Yes, sometimes the Scriptures seem like they are written in code. And true, I like spending my Sundays doing other things besides paying attention to its message.
However, I know in my heart the Bible is true and Jesus is real. Sleeping in like its 1941 is the wrong thing to do.
Instead, I ought to be out there sounding the alarm and rejoicing in the reality of Jesus Christ. He indeed is coming again, and in fact, it could be soon.