A lot of people like to talk about Jesus, but most of those who like to talk about him aren’t really that interested in what the word of God has to say about him. The reason? When one studies the word of God when it comes to the topic of Jesus, the scriptures won’t allow us to keep Jesus at arm’s length while saying we believe who he said he was.
Jesus himself once told a group of unbelievers who questioned his ability (or to say it more accurately, his authority) to speak concerning God’s word and the will of God that it contains, to search the scriptures and see whether or not what he was saying was true. To paraphrase their complaint, they were saying, “How can this guy talk to and teach us like this, he’s never been “properly” educated” (John 7:15). Jesus’ reply shows how important it is to not only study the scriptures, but how important it is to search the scriptures with an open heart when it comes to finding the will of God in it. He said, “…My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me. If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority.” (John 7:16-17)
Hebrews 11:6 along with Deuteronomy 4:29 are wonderful commentaries of a sort on what Jesus said when it comes to our willingness to examine his words in the light of the scriptures. Hebrews 11:6 admonishes us to remember that when it comes to a right relationship with God that, “…without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” And in Deuteronomy 4:29 Moses told a captivity escaping people whose descendants would be sitting in captivity, “But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.” The point? We can know God and his will if we have a will to do so.
The heart of Jesus’ admonishment is much the same – “If anyone wills (thelo: to will, have in mind, intend, be resolved, purpose, desire) to do his will (thelema – what one wishes or shall have determined to be done), he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority.”
If we have a genuine heart that wants to know about Jesus and whether or not his teachings are from God then we can do both by simply taking him and righteously judging what he said according to what God had already spoken.
Talking about Jesus isn’t nearly as important as listening to what God has to say about him.
“You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.” (John 5:39-40)