The posting of “ A LITTLE SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT” was in no way trying to form any conclusions concerning who was the leader of the Church, but to do exactly what the title suggests. Reading the Bible and accepting the first understanding that one may receive without giving greater thought to the statement or lesson limits the miraculous aspects of the document.The levels of understanding for each lesson is endless and as we read over the same verse or chapter over and over again, more and more information will begiven to us for greater understanding.We find as we read the Gospels that Jesus seldom answered questions asked of him directly, but offered statements which required thought and contemplation. Each person will receive from His statements what they need at that time, and may receive a slightly different understanding the next time they read the same verse or story depending upon their need at that time. The principle will always remain the same, but the nuances will adjust to suit the situation under which the person reading find themselves…
There are many very interesting statements made by Jesus which are difficult to completely understand. In Mark, Jesus offers the parable of the sower of the seed, and after speaking to the people, he explains the meaning to his twelve disciples:
Mark 4:11-12 “And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:
That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.”
It is difficult to understand why Jesus would not want all people to be converted and the answer is never discovered at this point. We must consider the possibility that satanic forces were at work in this situation, but we do not know.
As we get into the Epistles where the principles and regulations for Christian behavior are established, we find that very little is offered by Peter, although what he offers is of great importance. Paul is really the author of much of the doctrine under which we should attempt to live. However, Jesus is the focal point of our attempts to live a Christian life. Many claim discipleship to Jesus but it is with their mouths only. Jesus was very active in His support of certain principles and demonstrated that intensity with His actions which is something that we do not find very often today… It is easy to claim to be a Christian and it is easy to claim to be a disciple of Jesus, but our actions; or lack of actions; tells a different story. Jesus was our teacher and example of how we should live. The things that He tells us to do are meant for our best interests, but few follow His advice to achieve a better Christian life… A disciple of Jesus tries to emulate our Teacher, however no one will ever achieve that accomplishment, but the measure of success is the intent to which we try.
The leader of the Church is really not the important aspect, but giving thought to all that the Bible gives to us, especially the example of Jesus and following that example is for what we should strive. Many find a particular story or lesson that appeals to them and base their total belief on this one statement. But, it we read on, we find other descriptions of the same event that gives us further information that may alter the meaning and offer more understanding. People consider themselves disciples of Jesus, but pay little attention to his directions for our behavior, and we may want to give a little more thought to that fact… Christianity and discipleship are not just claims that we easily make, but they are a way of life that we demonstrate by our actions and thoughts !!!
In fact there is an old jewish saying which applies here: "may you be covered in the dust of your Rabbi". Regardless of who my "church leader" is, I want to embrace everything that my Rabbi Jesus Christ has taught. Even those like Peter and Paul understood that there was only thing that counted- transformation to the image of Jesus. In truth- he is the true leader and anyone that has making real eternal impact has been influenced by Him.