By Yang Laidi I’m Yang Laidi, sixty-two years old this year. In 1985, because my husband had health problems, our […]
The Jesus Movie – Bible Story for Kids Animated Cartoon – Knowing the Life of Jesus Christ
This 3D animated cartoon, with vivid and lovely figures, records the life offrom the virgin birth to His crucifixion and resurrection. It is especially best for kids to watch, allowing them to know about the life of Jesus and His work.
After I was done watching this cartoon, I was very impressed by the scene that the chief priests, scribes, and Pharisees incited the people to crucify thewhen He was interrogated. Every time I saw this scene from other versions of the movie, I couldn’t help but burst into tears. They were indeed cruel! When the work of the Lord Jesus was not in line with their notions, they incited those ignorant people to nail the innocent Jesus to the cross, fearing that they would lose their status when the people followed Jesus. But this time, I comprehend that God’s wisdom is wonderful and unfathomable. God achieved His redemptive work based on the schemes of Satan. When the Lord Jesus was crucified He said, “It is finished,” which means that His work in the Age of Grace ended. Although the redemptive work has already been accomplished, this still deserved our reflection: Why did the unknowing people blindly listen to the lies of the chief priests, scribes and Pharisees and increasingly demand to crucify the Lord Jesus? show us the answer, “Those who do not understand the truth always follow others: If people say that this is the work of the , then you, too, say it is the work of the Holy Spirit; if people say it is the work of an evil spirit, then you, too, become doubtful, or also say it is the work of an evil spirit. You always parrot the words of others, and are incapable of distinguishing anything by yourself, nor are you able to think for yourself. This is someone without a position, who is unable to differentiate—such a person is a worthless wretch!” “So there are some people who are often deceived by those who outwardly seem spiritual, seem noble, seem to have lofty images. As for those people who can speak of letters and doctrines, and whose speech and actions appear worthy of admiration, their admirers have never looked at the essence of their actions, the principles behind their deeds, what their goals are. And they have never looked at whether these people truly obey God, and whether or not they are someone who truly fears God and shuns evil. They have never discerned the substance of the humanity of these people. Rather, from the first step of getting acquainted, bit by bit, they come to admire these people, venerate these people, and in the end these people become their idols. Moreover, in some people’s minds, the idols who they worship, who they believe can abandon their families and jobs, and pay the price on the surface—these idols are the ones who are really satisfying God, the ones who can really receive a good outcome and a good destination. In their minds, these idols are the people who God praises. What causes people to have this kind of belief? What’s the essence of this issue? What are the consequences it can lead to? Let’s first discuss the matter of its essence. … There is only one root cause which makes people have these ignorant actions, ignorant viewpoints, or one-sided viewpoints and practices, and today I’ll tell you about it. The reason is that although people may follow God, to Him every day, and read the word of God every day, they don’t actually understand God’s will. This is the root of the problem. If someone understands God’s heart, understands what God likes, what God loathes, what God wants, what God rejects, what kind of person God loves, what kind of person God dislikes, what kind of standard God applies to His demands on man, what kind of approach He takes for perfecting man, can that person still have their own personal ideas? Can they just go and worship another person? Could an ordinary person become their idol? If one understands God’s will, their viewpoint is a bit more rational than that. They aren’t going to arbitrarily idolize a corrupted person, nor will they, while walking the path of putting truth into practice, believe that arbitrarily adhering to a few simple rules or principles is tantamount to putting truth into practice.”
God’s words clearly reveal the root of the problem. People at that time had no truth, had not one shred of understanding of God, only respected and worshiped but not distinguished the chief priests, scribes and Pharisees who appeared devout, quoting theat length. Therefore, the Israelites followed them to condemn God. They committed a heinous crime and finally were subject to God’s punishment.
We should learn from such a hard historical lesson. Since we follow God, we should measure everything according to, seek more His will and not follow others carelessly. Just as the Lord Jesus’ disciples, Peter et al., they followed Jesus and investigated the depending on the truth that He preached. Another example, Nicodemus, he decided to investigate in secret after recognizing the truth spoken by Jesus. It’s rare and precious at that time.
It’s the crucial time to wait for the return of the Lord Jesus. Though many prophecies predicted that the Lord Jesus would come, nobody knew how these prophecies would be fulfilled. Just as the Old Testament foretold the coming of the Messiah, but it turned out that Jesus came. The Pharisees held on to their notions that He was not God unless He was called Messiah. As a result, they judged and resisted the work of the Lord, and became those who resisted God. Thus, it’s even more important to put aside the notions and seek humbly when we meet something that is not in line with our conceptions. The Lord, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7). And God’s words say, “Since we are searching for the footprints of God, we must search for God’s will, for the words of God, for the utterances of God—for where there are the new words of God, there is the voice of God, and where there are the footsteps of God, there are the deeds of God. Where there is the expression of God, there is the appearance of God, and where there is the appearance of God, there exists the truth, the way, and the life. While seeking the footprints of God, you ignored the words that “God is the truth, the way, and the life.” So when many people receive the truth, they do not believe that they have found the footprints of God and much less acknowledge the appearance of God. What a serious error that is! The appearance of God cannot be reconciled with the conceptions of man, much less can God appear at the behest of man. God makes His own choices and has His own plans when He does His work; moreover, He has His own objectives, and His own methods. It is not necessary for Him to discuss the work He does with man or to seek the advice of man, much less notify each and every person of His work. This is the disposition of God and, moreover, should be recognized by everyone. If you desire to witness the appearance of God, if you wish to follow the footprints of God, then you must first transcend your own conceptions. You must not demand that God do this or that, much less should you place Him within your own confines and limit Him to your own conceptions. Instead, you should ask how you should seek the footprints of God, how you should accept the appearance of God, and how you should submit to the new work of God; that is what should be done by man. Since man is not the truth, and is not possessed of the truth, man should seek, accept, and obey.”
God’s words tell us the attitude we should hold toward seeking God’s appearance. Just as the Bible says, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). Since we are searching for God’s appearance, we should search for the word of God and obey His guidance. Thanks for God’s enlightenment. I hope we can welcomeof the Lord Jesus in the last days.