Our verse for today comes from John 12:44, ” Then Jesus cried out and said, ‘He who believes in Me, believes not in Me but in Him who sent Me.’ “
” Oyez, Oyez, Oyez! ” Or in modern English, ” Hear ye, hear ye, hear ye! ” Such was the calling card of the town crier, the government appointee responsible for announcing the news of the day in times of old. As literacy was much more the exception than the rule, citizens relied on the public announcements to learn of royal proclamations, civic pronouncements, and even general sales. Criers would ring a handbell and gather the attention of all before delivering the latest decree or item of interest. Good news or bad, people heard it all from the town crier. But long before the crier made his living bellowing out news to the locals, others have cried out for no less weighty of matters. Peter, while walking on the waters towards Jesus, suddenly began to sink to his apparent death. But when he cried out, Jesus lifted him to safety. The angry crowd, not wanting to hear any reasoning from Pilate, thirsted for Jesus’ death and cried out to crucify Him. And on the cross, as the Savior completed the Father’s plan, He cried out and willingly gave up His Spirit. These cries, these shouts of anguish, did not come from hearts slightly moved. They were not the result of casual concern. No, these cries were for life and death. And that is the message of Jesus Christ.
Just as He told the many who stood all around Him, He and the Father are one, and to know the Father, you must know the Son. It is the difference between life and death. But when you trust in Jesus, you are also putting your faith in God Almighty, and nothing is more secure than that. There might be something within you, though, that is longing to cry out. I’ve experienced repeated trials that have driven me to cries of desperation, and you may be in a similar storm. It may be life and death, or it may only feel like it. Regardless, there is One who will always ” hear ye, ” and His ear is inclined to the cries of His children. So bring to Him the cries of your soul.
As we seek Him today, rejoice that you have the attention of your heavenly Father, and join Him in sweet fellowship.