Dr. Ronnie Wolfe
was one of the men who heard Jesus. What a thrill it must have been to
hear Jesus' message from His own lips. His words were pure words; His
words were eternal words; His words were perfect words. All of these
adjectives are used in the Scriptures to denote the words in our Bible,
because every word we read is either directly or indirectly the words of
Jesus, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6).
and the others with him had discovered the Messiah, who had spoken to
them. It was a high day for Andrew. He knew truth as he had never known
it. He had heard words that were so harmonious, so true, so penetrating
that he could hardly receive the power of Jesus' words.
discovery of Jesus as the true Messiah was so amazing to Andrew that he
went to his brother, Simon, and told him that the men had found the
Messiah. Simon, no doubt, had long thought about the Messiah and studied
about Him, but he had never thought, perhaps, that he would ever see
Him or hear Him speak.
We can all hear the Gospel and the whole
word of God with our ears, but that is not the same as hearing His words
in our hearts. Our hearts burn within ourselves, as it was with the hearts of those men who were on their way to Emmaus when Jesus came to
them, appeared to them, and spoke comforting words of His death, burial,
and resurrection. See, now, what words were spoken concerning these two
men: Luke 24:31-32 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him;
and he vanished out of their sight. 32 And they said one to another,
Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way,
and while he opened to us the scriptures? When we hear the true
words of God, we, too, should be prompted by these divine words to
approach others with these same words and introduce these ones to the Messiah,
Jesus answers the appearance of Simon with these words: John 1:42 . . . Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.
At the point of this conversation, Jesus changed Simon into a spiritual
stone, knowing that He was to use this vulnerable man to do a great
work for Him.
Simon would not have been my choice, especially if I
had known his character; but Christ called him to be His disciples
despite his changing nature. Simon Peter was arrogant, gregarious, and
loquacious; yet Jesus called Him to be a disciple. When Cephas (Peter)
was crumbling under the load of temptation, Jesus prayed for him that
his faith fail not (Luke 22:32).
The line of demarcation between
believers and unbelievers is the calling of God, the energy of life
given by the Holy Spirit, and faith in the death, burial, and
resurrection of Jesus Christ; and, once you have been changed, you will
never be the same as before.