Have you ever been the wrongful recipient of someone’s assumptions?
Some years ago I was asked to try and help this person, and I was more than happy to do so. The final decision in the situation wasn’t mine, but I was certainly in a positon to lend some influence. I was doing all I could to help the situation come about, but in the end, It just wasn’t meant to be, and things didn’t work out.
It would have been fine if the story would have ended there, but it didn’t. The person I was trying to help was under the assumption I was to blame. The person thought I was the one holding things back, but I was doing all I could to help the situation come about.
Finally, I guess anger or frustration from misguided assumptions caused that person to seek revenge. I was the biggest supporter, trying to make things work, but windows of assumptions destroyed a friendship.
A few years ago a lady was traveling and in the airport waiting for her flight. While she was sitting there she started reading a magazine and eating some cookies she just bought. After a bit she heard some rustling, and this neatly dressed man was helping himself to her cookies.
A couple of minutes passed and the man decided to take another cookie. The cookies were going fast, an uninvited guest was digging in. So she did all she could to remain calm. Then apparently just to rub it in, the man broke the remaining cookie in half and slid half to her and ate the other half.
By this time, the lady was just fuming; fortunately, before she lost all control they called her flight. So she reached into her bag to get her ticket, and when she did, she found her bag of unopened cookies. Suddenly, the windows of her assumptions were wiped sparkling clean by the truth!
Assumptions about the Messiah dirtied the windows for the Jews in the days of Jesus.
John writes in his Gospel, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God. John tells us, the Word, Jesus Christ, existed in eternity past and that Jesus Christ is God. John goes on to say, that Jesus came unto His own, but His own did not receive Him.
The Jews had many assumptions about the Messiah, but Jesus didn’t fit any of them. The Jews believed in a monotheistic God. They believed there was only one God, but they didn’t understand that God was three in one, the father, the Son and Holy Spirit. So when Jesus came to earth and began His earthly ministry and claimed to be God, well it didn’t settle to well with the Jews.
The Jewish leaders of the day clearly had the wrong assumptions about Jesus. Their windows were filthy! He just didn’t fit their idea of a Messiah. He was from Nazareth. Nothing good comes from Nazareth. Nazareth was over shadowed by a nearby larger town. It was a town of maybe four or five hundred people of mostly poor farmers, so the Jewish people of the day didn’t like Nazareth.
Their assumption that nothing good comes out of Nazareth was wrong … Jesus did!
Then to be the son of a carpenter, no, no way, Jesus, he couldn’t have been the Messiah. The messiah isn’t born the son of a carpenter. Besides, Jesus was born in a barn; the Messiah, surely he would be born into royalty! The Messiah, much less a King, doesn’t come from a barn!
The Jews, they had the Old Testament, yet they couldn’t see that prophecy after prophecy pointed right to the man standing in front of them proclaiming to be their Messiah. They needed to wipe the windows of their assumptions to let the light of the world – Jesus Christ – into their lives. But their assumptions got in the way.
But it was all a part of God’s plan to bring us into relationship with Him? Jesus willingly paid the price for our sin upon the cross. He shed His blood that we might have forgiveness of sin, and He was resurrected from the grave that we might have eternal life.
Assumptions are potent. They are deadly. They can keep you from God’s best, and they can keep you from eternal life.