When I was younger I loved hard rock or heavy metal music. Bands like Kiss, became a regular audio diet for me. I discovered Kiss at the early age of 8yrs. old and they became my first love. I could sit for hours and hours listening to their albums. My father was a church going, Bible believing man and took my sisters and I to church every-time the doors were open; so he wasn’t too happy with my musical taste and didn’t hesitate to tell me so on a few occasions. There was a great push back from the “Church” against the music I had come to love and I was told it was “Of the Devil!”
As a child I just couldn’t see how Kiss was “of the devil.” My way of reasoning, as a child, was I haven’t heard them sing one time about the devil. Their lyrics were not in any way embracing God but they weren’t saying anything about the devil in their lyrics either, so I thought what’s the big deal? At the time I didn’t have any spiritual insight at all.
I didn’t intend for this post to be about rock music at all but just told this to illustrate a point. As I have been reading through the Gospel of John recently, I noticed a common theme throughout the first four chapters. In the first chapter John the Baptist, who is Jesus’ cousin, says, “I did not recognize him, but so that he might be manifested to Israel, I came baptizing in water.” God told John to baptize in water and as he obeyed, the fact Jesus was the messiah was revealed to him. John had no ability to see this until God revealed it to him.
In chapter two we read where Jesus cleared the Temple out saying, “Stop making my Father’s house a place of business.” Then Jesus went on to tell them to “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” Of course they thought he was advocating destroying the building, but John let’s us in on a deeper point by saying, “He was speaking of the Temple of his body.”
Moving on into the third chapter we find Jesus having a conversation with Nicodemus, a teacher in Israel, who just can’t grasp what Jesus is telling him. Jesus tells Nicodemus “Unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus, just like the rest, scratches his head and asks, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?” He had no ability to really hear what Jesus was telling him.
Then in chapter four, Jesus is talking with the woman at the well in Samaria. He tells her he has some water for her that will “spring up in her to eternal life.” She, also being dull of hearing, says, “Sir, give me this water, so I will not be thirsty nor come all the way here to draw.” She was just as confused as the rest when it came to understanding Jesus. You see without enlightenment from the Holy Spirit we simply cannot know the things of God.
In closing let me just say, I am not preaching against music, buildings, childbirth or wells of water. I am simply letting you in on a common misunderstanding that occurs between those that walk according to the Spirit and those that don’t. Of course those that haven’t been born again can’t see, but there seems to be some who have been and are still confused about what Jesus is really all about.
Lately I have become more and more aware of the unseen. The Apostle Paul even told us in 2 Corinthians 4 we are to “look not at the things which are seen (only the surface of things), but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” God is ultimately looking to the source of things not just the surface and if we are filled with his Spirit our lives will display the same.