When reading the Gospels, one of the most striking things that stick out is the way Yeshua measures the temperature of people’s hearts. Through one pivotal question, he sends out a spiritual thermometer to gauge the source of truth in the crowd. It seems, no matter what preconceived notions a follower may have of Jesus, each time they interacted with him, they were left different.
Does This Offend You?
The weight of Jesus’ words left bystanders uncomfortable. Although the twelve were committed to Jesus, they sometimes felt like they had to connect the dots for those around them hearing Jesus’ teaching, in order to sustain some measure of peace.
“Jesus said this while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum. On hearing it, many of His disciples said, “This is a difficult teaching. Who can accept it?” Aware that His disciples were grumbling about this teaching, Jesus asked them, “Does this offend you?” (John 6:59-61)
The context surrounding this scripture is important. Throughout the Gospel of John, the fame of Jesus spread momentously. Within each chapter, a rampant following began to attach itself to Jesus. By the time of this writing, his following had gotten so large, that He literally had to perform a miracle to feed all of them (see John 6:1-15).
In response to this large following, the twelve disciples, like any of us, thought this fame would catapult the kingdom of God over the kingdom of Rome, who were their direct oppressors. Buried deep within their passion for freedom, they often projected their own personal agenda onto Jesus’ teachings naively, wanting justice for them quickly. Knowing this, Jesus would compassionately correct them and kindly direct them back into the truth of the kingdom.
In these moments of correction, Jesus revealed the true nature of his mission on earth and the message of the gospel. As the revelation unfolded within the hearts of his disciples, he lovingly asked, “does this offend you?”
Throughout the Gospels, it is not the answers that Jesus gives that reveals the carnality of man’s hearts, but the questions. As Jesus questioned his followers, he put their own belief systems on trial and exposed the limitations of their faith. As he exposed the fraudulent faithful, he placed a seed of truth into their hearts in order to light a fire of the kingdom.
“I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8, King James Version)
Jesus, in speaking towards the end of days, drops a seed of truth into the hearts of his followers. Through one question, Jesus drew a spiritual line in the sand between those of faith and unbelief.
Not only does Jesus convict the believing and unbelieving, but he also reveals a secret of the Fathers’ heart. Nevertheless, what the Father looks for on earth is for those who have faith. Through their faith, He is able to release His kingdom and plan on earth. Scripture is filled with instances God looks on earth to find those who have faith.
“The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” (2 Chronicles 16:9)
“God looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.” (Psalms 53:2)
It is in the Father’s heart to release the kingdom of heaven onto the earth. For this reason, Jesus taught his disciples in the Lord’s prayer to pray that for the “kingdom to come” to the earth in the same way that it is in heaven.
“your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10)
While God is looking to release the kingdom of heaven on earth, He needs partners to do so. Although God is more than capable of doing this through His sovereignty, He chooses to partner with humanity. His desire if for co labors in His kingdom.
Jesus, in perfect relationship with the Father, was in perfect faith to release the kingdom. He never had one moment of doubt, fear, or even questioning. Because He knew the Father, he had faith. It was as simple as that.
Yeshua shared in the Father’s heart by looking for faith on earth. When bringing about the kingdom, Jesus identified the measure of faith as one of the key signs of the kingdom being activated on earth.
“Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And instantly the woman was made well.” (Matthew 9:22)
“And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.” (Mark 5:34)
“And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.” (Luke 17:9)
“And Jesus said to him, “Recover your sight; your faith has made you well.” (Luke 18:42)
“Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.” (Matthew 15:28)
Jesus identified faith as being the main ingredient for the kingdom of heaven to be released on earth. For this reason, Jesus posed the question to the disciples, “when the Son of man comes, will the son of man find faith?” This question was not meant to bring shame or condemnation, rather serve as an invitation into a greater life in the kingdom of heaven.
Will The Son Of Man Find Faith?
This same invitation is extended to us today. When the Son of Man comes to us, will he find faith? The smallest seed of faith can move mountains.
“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20)
Faith makes the impossible possible in life. God’s heart is to extend the impossible to you in the natural through the realm of faith. Today, when the Son of man comes to your heart, let him find faith. If you would like to learn how faith is activated in your life, read this. May God find the faith necessary today to release the kingdom of heaven into the earth in the same capacity as His Son Yeshua.
“I tell you that he will avenge them quickly. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?" (Luke 18:8, New Heart English Version)