“He is not here; for He is risen, as He said.”
– Matthew 28:6
In the Sermon on the Mount, we read where Jesus says several times, “You have heard it said,” and then He says, “but I say to you.” The Lord was correcting severe errors.
The Scribes and Pharisees were the ones who knew the original language. They were responsible for teaching it to the Jewish people. In the days when the Lord Jesus walked the earth, most people spoke Greek. Although there was a Greek translation of God’s Word, there were not enough copies of it to go around. The people had to rely on the Scribes expounding on God’s Word. As a result of their false teaching and adding to the Word, the people became misguided and ritualistic. They served God only in outward appearance.
The Lord did not say, “you have read it for yourselves” because many of them could not. Jesus performing signs and wonders in those days demonstrated to the people of who He claimed to be. He is Messiah, the Living Word that came off the pages and manifested His glory and purpose right before their very eyes! And, after His death on the cross, Jesus rose again just as He said He would.
Today we have copies of the approved canon, translated from the original language and in its complete form. God, of course, can do all things. It would be foolish to put limitations on Him. However, I will say this, and I believe it to be accurate, and according to His written love letter to us, signs and wonders are no longer needed. His written Word that we can read is enough. Not only did Jesus say He would rise again, the Lord told us of His return. May we stand on that promise and wait with anticipation!
“Thy departure was not a token of separation but a pledge of return…That day is no horror to me, for thy death has redeemed me, thy Spirit fills me, thy love animates me, thy Word governs me.”
– The Valley of Vision: Puritan Prayers and Devotions