John – Chapter 13

Christ Washes the Disciple’s Feet

Verse 1 – Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.

Verse 2 – And super being ended, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray Him,

Verse 3 – Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God,

Verse 4 – rose from super and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself.

In these next few chapters, 13-17, Christ only has hours left with His disciples. He teaches them many things, but the first is that of a servant.

Verse 5 – After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciple’s feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.

The custom of washing the feet, was done upon travelers or strangers, who had been on a journey. It was done by servants.

Verse 6 – Then He came to Simon Peter and Peter said to Him, “Lord, are you washing my feet?”

Verse 7 – Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.”

Verse 8 – Peter said to Him, “You shall never wash my feet! Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.”

Peter still didn’t understand that to be a leader one must be a servant.

Verse 9 – Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, not my feet only, but also my hand and my head!”

Verse 10 – Jesus said to him, “He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.”

Verse 11 – For He knew who would betray Him; therefore He said, “You are not all clean.”

Jesus is talking about Judas not being clean. This must have sounded strange to the disciples. Jesus taking the position of a servant must have been strange also, but He was trying desperately to show them that they needed to have a servant’s heart in order to be leaders of His church.

Verse 12 – So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you?

Verse 13 – “You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am.

Verse 14 – “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.

Verse 15 – “For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.

Jesus didn’t wash their feet just to get them to be nice to each other. He wanted them to carry on His mission after He was gone. These men were to move into the world serving God, serving each other, and serving all people to whom they took the message of salvation to.

Verse 16 – “Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him.

Verse 17 – “If you know these things, happy are you if you do them.

The duties they owed to Him, and to one another, love and respect to each other along with humility.

Verse 18 – “I do not speak concerning all of you. I know whom I have chosen; but that the Scripture may be fulfilled, ‘He who eats bread with Me has lifted up his heel against Me.’

Jesus quoted Psalm 41:9 – Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted up his heel against me. Eating someone’s bread indicated close fellowship.

We’ve all been betrayed by a friend or family member at one time or another. It hurts deeply. However, we are not to seek revenge. Jesus didn’t, so neither should we. Leave them be, revenge is not ours to inflict. Judas was sorry afterwards for what he did, but never returned to Jesus to tell him he was sorry. He was swallowed up in his own misery and hanged himself.

Verse 19 – “Now I tell you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe that I am He.

“Omniscient” – the One who knows and declares things before they come to pass.

Verse 20 – “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who receives whomever I send receives Me; and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.”

Verse 21 – When Jesus had said these things, He was troubled in spirit, and testified and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.”

Verse 22 – Then the disciples looked at one another, perplexed about whom He spoke.

The 11 disciples didn’t have a clue who the betrayer was. Judas never openly showed any signs of betraying Jesus. We might have a suspicion sometimes of things people are doing behind our backs, but when we are blind-sided, it hurts even more.

Verse 23 – Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved.

This is not a conceited recording by John. He simple stated a fact. Jesus didn’t love John any more than He loved the rest. John simple knew that Christ loved Him. Jesus loves each one of His children, know it and believe it!

Verse 24 – Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask who it was of whom He spoke.

Verse 25 – Then, leaning back on Jesus’ breast, he said to Him, “Lord, who is it?”

Verse 26 – Jesus answered, “It is he to whom I shall give a piece of bread when I have dipped it.” And having dipped the bread, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.

Verse 27 – Now after the piece of bread, Satan entered him. Then Jesus said, “What you do, do quickly.”

Satan’s part in the betrayal of Jesus does not remove any responsibility from Judas. (“The devil made me do it,” doesn’t fly!)

Verse 28 – But no one at the table knew for what reason He said this to him.

Verse 29 – For some thought, because Judas had the money-box, that Jesus had said to him, “Buy those things we need for the feast,” or that he should give something to the poor.

Verse 30 – Having received the piece of bread, he then went out immediately. And it was night.

Judas immediately got up and left. I think it odd that none of disciples yelled, “Hey, where are you going, Judas?” I don’t believe they understood the significance of Judas’ actions.

Christ Announces His Departure

Verse 31 – So, when he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in Him.

Verse 32 – “If God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself, and glorify Him immediately.

God will not leave Jesus in the grave, nor suffer Him to see corruption.

Verse 33 – “Little children, I shall be with you a little while longer, You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come,’ so now I say to you.

Verse 34 – “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Love is more than a warm fuzzy feeling. It is an attitude that reveals itself in action. Doing for others when you don’t feel like it; giving when it’s a sacrifice to you; and not just loving those who love you back. It is all done by a supernatural power – the Holy Spirit, because this is not easy.

Verse 36 – Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, where are You going?” Jesus answered him, “Where I am going you cannot follow Me now, but you shall follow Me afterward.”

Verse 37 – Peter said to Him, “Lord, why can I not follow You now? I will lay down my life for Your sake.”

Verse 38 – Jesus answered him, “Will you lay down your life for My sake? Most assuredly, I say to you, the rooster shall not crow till you have denied Me three time.

In our enthusiasm, it is easy to make promises and commitments. But Paul tells us not to think more highly of ourselves than we ought (Romans 12:3). Instead of bragging about what we do, or what we are going to do, just do it, step by step, as we continue to grow.

 

John – Chapter 12

Mary Anoint’s Christ

Verse 1 – Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead, whom He raised from the dead.

Verse 2 – There they made Him a super; and Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with Him.

After raising Lazarus from the dead, Jesus went to where Martha, Mary, and Lazarus, lived and ate super with them.

Verse 3 – Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.

This nard, was a fragrant ointment imported from the mountains of India. It was expensive and worth a year’s wage.

Verse 4 – Then one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, who would betray Him, said,

Verse 5 – “Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?”

Verse 6 – This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money-box; and he used to take what was put in it.

Jesus knew this, but had not ever confronted Judas about it. Just because someone gets by with something for a while, doesn’t mean that God approves or doesn’t know it.

Verse 7 – Then Jesus said, “Let her alone; she has kept this for the day of My burial.

Verse 8 – “For the poor you have with you always, but Me you do not have always.”

This act does not mean that we ignore the poor and spend extravagantly for Christ. This was a unique act for ta specific occasion.

Verse 9 – Then a great many Jews knew that He was there; and they came, not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might also see Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead.

Verse 10 – But the chief priests took counsel that they might also put Lazarus to death,

Verse 11 – because on account of him many of the Jews went away and believed in Jesus.

One sin leads to another sin. They wanted Lazarus dead because he was a witness to Jesus power of the Holy Spirit.

The Triumphal Entry

Verse 12 – The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,

Verse 13 – took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: “Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ The King of Israel!”

Jesus began His last week on earth by riding into Jerusalem on a donkey. Jesus picked this time, so that all of Israel would see Him, and He could proclaim His mission to many. However, after they found out His true mission, many turned against Him. It soon became apparent that Jesus was not going to destroy the Roman government.

Verse 14 – Then Jesus, when He found a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written:

Verse 15 – “Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your King is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt.”

Verse 16 – His disciples did not understand these things at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about Him and that they had done these things to Him.

After Jesus’ resurrection, the disciples understood the prophecies that they had missed while Jesus was with them. When they recalled Jesus actions and words, they took on new meanings. Do you ever look back on your life and see why things worked out the way the did? Did you see God’s hand in it along the way?

Verse 17 – Therefore the people, who were with Him when He called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead, bore witness.

Verse 18 – For this reason the people also met Him, because they heard that He had done this sign.

Devotion based only on curiosity, or popularity fades quickly.

Verse 19 – The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, “You see that you are accomplishing nothing. Look, the world has gone after Him!”

All their schemes, crafty councils, and their threats to throw people out of the synagogue for following Jesus, had amounted to nothing.

Verse 20 – Now there were certain Greeks among those who came up to worship at the feast.

Verse 21 – Then they came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and asked him, saying, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.”

These Greeks were probably converts to the Jewish faith. They may have went to Philip because he had a Greek name.

Verse 22 – Philip came and told Andrew, and in turn Andrew and Philip told Jesus.

Verse 23 – But Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified.

Verse 24 – “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.

Verse 25 – “He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it from eternal life.

This is a beautiful picture of the necessary sacrifice of Jesus. Unless a kernel of wheat is buried in the ground, it will not become a blade of wheat, producing many more seeds.

We must be so committed to living for Christ that our lives on our own, mean nothing in comparison to eternity. This does not mean that we are careless or destructive with our lives. We disown our self-centeredness. We release control of our own lives and submit to control under Christ, bringing eternal life.

Verse 26 – “If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.

Verse 27 – “Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour.

Verse 28 – “Father, glorify Your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, saying, “I have both glorified it and will glorify it again.”

This is one of three times a heavenly voice sounded; Jesus baptism, the transfiguration, and now. “I have both glorified it,” meaning in the incarnation, ministry, obedience, and miracles of Christ, and raising Lazarus from the dead. “And will glorify it again,” by carrying Jesus through His sufferings and death, and by raising Him from the dead, and setting Him at the right hand of the Father.

Verse 29 – Therefore the people who stood by and heard it, said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to Him.”

Verse 30 – Jesus answered and said, “This voice did not come because of Me, but for your sake.

Verse 31 – “Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.

Satan was the ruler of this world until Christ’ resurrection. His resurrection shattered Satan’s deadly power. Please remember that. Satan has no power over the believer. He only has what we allow him to have. He was defeated at the cross!

Verse 32 – “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.”

Verse 33 – This He said, signifying by what death He would die.

Verse 34 – The people answered Him, “We have heard from the law that the Christ remains forever; and how can You say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this Son of Man?

From the people’s understanding of Scripture, they thought the Messiah would never physically die. There were other passages that said He would. What Jesus was saying did not fit with their concept of who the Messiah was.

Verse 35 – Then Jesus said to them, “A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness does not know where he is going.

Verse 36 – “While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” These things Jesus spoke, and departed, and was hidden from them.

Like a light shinning in a dark place, He would be that Light, pointing the way they should walk. If they walked in the Light, they would become “sons of light.”

Verse 37 – But although He had done so many signs before them, they did not believe in Him,

Verse 38 – that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke: “Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?”

Thousands had heard and seen Jesus’ miracles, but many still did not believe. Our responsibility is to be a witness. It’s their responsibility to respond.

Verse 39 – Therefore they could not believe, because Isaiah said again,

Verse 40 – “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, lest they should see with their eyes and understand with their heart, lest they should turn, so that I should heal them.”

There is a point when people have resisted God for so long, that the heart becomes as hard as a rock. This is only one scripture that pertains to a hardening of the heart towards God, but a good one is Romans 1:24 – Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lust of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves,…

Verse 41 – These things Isaiah said when he saw His glory and spoke of Him.

Verse 42 – Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue;

Verse 43 – for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

Verse 44 – Then Jesus cried out and said, “He who believes in Me believes not in Me but in Him who sent Me.

Here again is another verse showing only One mediator between man and God – the Lord Jesus Christ!

Verse 45 – “And he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me.

Verse 46 – “I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.

Verse 47 – “And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world.

Verse 48 – “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him – the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.

The first time He came, was to save. The second coming, He will judge people for how they lived on earth. Christ’s words that we would not accept and obey Him, will condemn us. We are to decide now whether we want an eternal life with Him, or damnation in hell by rejecting Him.

Verse 49 – “For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak.

Verse 50 – “And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak.”

 

John – Chapter 11

Verse 1 – Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.

Bethany was about two miles east of Jerusalem on the road to Jericho. It was near enough to Jerusalem for Jesus and His disciples to still be in danger, but far enough away so as not to attract too much attention.

Verse 2 – It was the Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.

Verse 3 – Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.”

Verse 4 – When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”

Any trial, hardship, or crises that a believer faces can ultimately bring glory to God, because He can take what was meant for evil, and turn it around for good (Romans 8:28).

Verse 5 – Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.

Verse 6 – So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was.

When Jesus heard that Lazarus was sick, He intentionally stayed where He was two more days. Isn’t that odd? Not really, for someone who knows all things. God’s timing is always perfect. This should be a great example to us when the answer to our prayers is delayed.

Jesus needed Lazarus to die, be in the grave a while, to show the greatest of miracles, raising Lazarus from the dead. Which do you think would be the greatest praise, healing Lazarus, or raising him from the dead?

Verse 7 – Then after this He said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.”

Verse 8 – The disciples said to Him, “Rabbi, lately the Jews sought to stone You, and are You going there again?”

Verse 9 – Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in a day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of the world.

Verse 10 – “But if one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.”

Day symbolizes the knowledge of God’s will, and night the absence of this knowledge. When we move ahead, on our own in darkness, we are likely to stumble. Jesus wasn’t going to Lazarus until the Father told Him to go.

Verse 11 – These things He said, and after that He said to them, “Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up.” (There are no dead with the righteous, merely asleep.)

Verse 12 – Then His disciples said, “Lord, if he sleeps he will get well.

Verse 13 – However, Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought that He was speaking about rest in sleep.

Verse 14 – Then Jesus said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead.”

Verse 15 – “And I am glad for your sake’s that I was not there, that you may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him.

If Jesus had been there at Lazarus’ bedside, He would have merely healed him. But Lazarus had to die so that Jesus could show His disciples and others His power over death. Jesus not only raised Himself from the dead, but will raise every believer when the time comes.

Verse 16 – Then Thomas, who is called Didymus, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with Him.”

The disciples knew that going back to Judea would be dangerous, so they all agreed that if Jesus was killed, they would die with Him.

Verse 17 – So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days.

Decomposition begins several minutes after death, so you can imagine what kind of shape Lazarus would be in after four days.

Verse 18 – Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles away.

Verse 19 – And many of the Jews had joined the women around Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.

Verse 20 – Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house.

Verse 21 – Then Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here my brother would not have died.

Verse 22 – “But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.”

Martha knows Jesus has the power to heal and she also knows if Jesus chose to, He could raise Lazarus, if He only asked God.

Verse 23 – Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”

Verse 24 – Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”

Verse 25 – Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.

Verse 26 – “And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

Jesus has power over life and death. He also has power to forgive sin. Whoever believes in Him has a spiritual life that death cannot conquer or diminish in any way.

Verse 27 – She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is come into the world.”

Martha’s statement is the exact same statement He wants from all of us.

Verse 28 – And when she had said these things, she went her way and secretly called Mary her sister, saying, “The Teacher has come and is calling for you.”

Verse 29 – As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly and came to Him.

Verse 30 – Now Jesus had not yet come into town, but was in the place where Martha met Him.

Verse 31 – Then the Jews who were with her in the house, and comforting her, when they saw that Mary rose up quickly and went out, followed her, saying, “She is going to the tomb to weep there.”

Verse 32 – Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.”

Verse 33 – Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled.

Verse 34 – And He said, “Where have you laid him? They said to Him, “Lord, come and see.”

Verse 35 – Jesus wept.

There are two possible reasons why Jesus wept, or perhaps a combination of both. No doubt He was heart-broken for these people who loved Lazarus, and He felt their deep loss, but also, I think a part of Him wept because of their unbelief.

Verse 36 – Then the Jews said, “See how He loved him!”

Verse 37 – And some of them said, “Could not this Man, who opened the eyes of the blind, also have kept this man from dying?”

Verse 38 – Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it.

Jesus groaned within Himself because there was so much doubt spoken. Now they even doubted whether He really opened the eyes of the blind man.

When we let doubt rush in where there should be faith in what Jesus can do, I believe it breaks His heart. We have to learn to allow our faith in God to rise up in every difficult situation. Our God can do the impossible!

Verse 39 – Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is stench, for he has been dead four days.”

While the Jews used spices at burials, this did not prevent decomposition of the body.

Verse 40 – Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?”

Verse 41 – Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.

When you pray, do you start with thanksgiving?

Verse 42 – “And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.”

Verse 43 – Now when He had said these things, He cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!”

Sometimes these tombs had more than one body in them. If Jesus had not specifically called Lazarus name, they all would have come out! Even the dead hear the shepherds voice.

Verse 44 – And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with grave-clothes, and his face was wrapped with cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”

Jesus also raised Jairus’ daughter and a widow’s son. John doesn’t record Lazarus’ reaction or anyone else. But you can imagine what it was like.

Verse 45 – Then many of the Jews who had come to Mary, and had seen the things Jesus did, believed in Him.

Verse 46 – But some of them went away to the Pharisees and told them the things Jesus did.

Verse 47 – Then the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered a council and said, “What shall we do? For this Man works many signs.

Verse 48 – “If we let Him alone like this, everyone will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and nation.”

“If we let Him alone,” the people will accept Him as Messiah, and proclaiming Him King. Then the Romans will interpret this as rebellion and count it against Caesar and his government.

Verse 49 – And one of them, Caiaphas, being high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all,

Verse 50 – “nor do you consider that it is expedient for us that one man should die for the people, and not that the whole nation should perish.”

Verse 51 – Now this he did not say on his own authority; but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation,

Verse 52 – and not for the nation only, but also that He would gather together in one the children of God who were scattered abroad.

Those who were scattered abroad – Gentiles. Caiaphas’ thinking was, why should the entire nation of Israel die for this one Man. Why not kill this one Man, and the whole nation would live. Little did he know that this fit into God’s plan for salvation of the whole world.

Verse 53 – Then from that day on they plotted to put Him to death.

Verse 54 – Therefore Jesus no longer walked openly among the Jews, but went from there into the country near the wilderness, to a city called Ephraim, and there remained with His disciples.

Verse 55 – And the Passover of the Jews was near, and many went from the country up to Jerusalem before the Passover, to purity themselves.

This was the fourth Passover of Jesus ministry.

Verse 56 – Then they sought Jesus, and spoke among themselves as they stood in the temple, “What do yo think – that He will not come to the feast?”

Verse 57 – Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a command, that if anyone knew where He was, He should report it, that they might seize Him.

Do you recognize Jesus’ presence when He is in your midst? These that wanted to kill Him didn’t, even though they were supposed to know the Scripture and all the prophecies of the coming Messiah. So why didn’t they know whom was in their midst? Pride over road their hearts and when that happens to a person, they are blind to the things of God – truth!

 

 

John – Chapter 10

“I Am the Good Shepherd”

Verse 1 – “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

This chapter continues with Jesus still talking to the scribes and Pharisees. Jesus describes them as thieves and robbers and not shepherds of the flock, who were not sent by God, nor did they come in the right door and took domination, which did not belong to them.

“But climbs up some other way,” hypocrisy and deceit, robs God of authority and power. The difference between a thief and a robber, with the Jews, the thief took away a man’s property privately in secret, and the robber did it openly, and didn’t care who saw.

Verse 2 – “But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. (authorized caregiver of the sheep)

Verse 3 – “To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

Verse 4 – “And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.

Who guards the door of your heart? Do you know the Shepherd’s voice? Do you follow Him? Do you allow the Shepherd to lead? Whose voice do you follow? These are all questions you should ask yourself. Too many say, “God told me…,” when it’s as plain as day that He did not speak. Anytime your actions contradict Scripture, you are not following the Shepherd’s voice.

Verse 5 – “Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”

As Christians, sheep, we are to flee from strange doctrine and false religion that doesn’t agree with Scripture. There is one way to God, and that is through His Son, Jesus Christ – one door.

Verse 6 – Jesus used this illustration, but they did not understand the things which He spoke to them.

Verse 7 – Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.

Jesus is the gate to God’s salvation. He offers forgiveness, grace, mercy, protection, and life everlasting. Some people resent that Jesus is the only way, but He is God’s Son, so why would we seek any other way to get to God?

Verse 8 – “All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them.

False prophets, all those Pharisees who robbed widows and plundered people, who were not sent by God, is the one’s He is taking about. But the sheep did not hear them – the elect of God. Those who do not and did not follow false prophets, false doctrines, worship idols, or turn towards every new religion that came their way.

Verse 9 – “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.

Through faith in Jesus Christ, is the only way through that door. “Finding pasture,” denotes assurance of God’s provisions.

Verse 10 – “The thief does not come except to steal, and kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

In contrast to the thief who is out to destroy life, Jesus gives life and gives it to the fullest. Life in Christ is lived on a higher plane because of His overflowing forgiveness, love and guidance through the Holy Spirit.

Verse 11 – “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.

Verse 12 – “But he who is a hireling and not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them.

Jesus is committed to His sheep. Those who only pretend, do it for the money or other reasons. When times get tough, they will simply quit and leave. True believers will know the difference between those who teach the true Gospel and those who only want the money and prestige.

Verse 13 – “The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about he sheep.

Verse 14 – “I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.

Verse 15 – “As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father, and lay down My life for the sheep.

Verse 16 – “And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.

These other sheep mentioned here are the Gentiles! Jews and Gentiles alike, will be united in one flock with one Shepherd. Jesus died for the whole world.

Verse 17 – “Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again.

Verse 18 – “No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.

Jesus’ death and resurrection, were all part of God’s plan for salvation of the world. No one could kill Jesus until it was allowed by God.

Verse 19 – Therefore there was a division again among the Jews because of these sayings.

Verse 20 – And many of them said, “He has a demon and is mad. Why do you listen to Him?”

Verse 21 – Others said, “These are not the words of one who has a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”

The Fest of Dedication

Verse 22 – Now it was the Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem, and it was winter.

The Feast of Dedication, commemorated the cleaning of the temple under Juda Maccabeus in 165 B.C., after Antiochus Epiphanes had defiled the temple by sacrificing a pig on the altar. This was held on December 25th and is now called the Feast of Lights – Hanukkah.

Verse 23 – And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch.

This was not the same porch built by Solomon, because that temple had been destroyed. However, because it had the same structure as the first one, it was called Solon’s Colonnade.

Verse 24 – Then the Jews surrounded Him and said to Him, “How long do You keep us in doubt? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly.”

If these Jews had not understood that Jesus was the Messiah, then why were they trying to kill Him?

Verse 25 – Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in My Father’s name, they bear witness of Me.

Verse 26 – “But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you.

Verse 27 – “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.

Verse 28 – “And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.

Can you see why it’s so dangerous to build up a hardness of heart? No matter how much proof and evidence that Jesus is God, you still won’t believe. There is no going back after death.

Verse 29 – “My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.

Verse 30 – “I and My Father are one.”

This is the clearest statement of Jesus’ divinity He ever made. Jesus is plainly telling them He is God.

Verse 31 – Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him.

Verse 32 – Jesus answered them, “Many good works I have shown you from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?”

Verse 33 – The Jews answered Him, saying, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God.”

Verse 34 – Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, “You are gods” ‘? (Psalm 82:6)

Verse 35 – “If He called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and Scripture cannot be broken),

Verse 36 – “do you say of Him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming’, because I said, ‘I am the son of God’?

Verse 37 – “If I do not the works of My Father, do not believe Me;

Verse 38 – “but if I do , though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.”

Psalm 82:6 refers to where the Israelite rulers and judges are called “gods.” If God called the Israelite leaders gods because they were agents of God’s revelation and will, how then could it be blasphemy for Jesus to call Himself the Son of God?

Verse 39 – Therefore they sought again to seize Him, but He escaped out of their hand.

Verse 40 – And He went away again beyond the Jordan to the place where John was baptizing at first, and there He stayed.

Verse 41 – Then many came to Him and said, John performed no sign, but all the things that John spoke about this Man were true.”

Verse 42 – And many believed in Him there.

Even Jesus went away from those who refused to believe in Him. He went to those who would believe. Shouldn’t our time and witness be spent on those who are open to the Gospel, instead of so much time arguing with those who don’t believe. Let them be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

John – Chapter 9

Christ Heals the Blind Man

Verse 1 – Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth.

Verse 2 – And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents that he was born blind?”

Verse 3 – Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.

In Jewish culture, and as it is with some today, people believe sickness or calamities are the result of some great sin. Can you imagine that when your parents sin, that the punishment would be placed on you? However, we live in a fallen world and good behavior is not always rewarded and sometimes the innocent suffer. Sometimes innocent babies are born blind or deformed.

Jesus says plainly here, that this blindness is not the result of anyone sinning, “It’s so that the works of God can be revealed in him.” When the miracle takes place, it reveals what a Mighty God we have.

Verse 4 – “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.

“While it is day,” is while the day of life lasts, for in the grave there is no work or device.

Verse 5 – “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

Verse 6 – When He said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay.

Verse 7 – And He said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing.

Verse 8 – Therefore the neighbors and those who previously had seen that he was blind said, “Is not this he who sat and begged?”

Verse 9 – Some said, “This is he.” Others said, “He is like him.” He said,”I am he.”

Verse 10 – Therefore they said to him, “How were your eyes opened?”

Verse 11 – He answered and said, “A Man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and I received sight.”

Verse 12 – Then they said to him, “Where is He?” He said, “I do not know.”

Verse 13 – They brought him who formerly was blind to the Pharisees.

These people couldn’t accept the miracle that Jesus had done for this man. They had to take him before the Pharisees to see what they said about it. It would be like today being miraculously healed and going to a doctor so they could tell you that the medicine did the cure.

Verse 14 – Now it was the Sabbath when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes.

Verse 15 – Then the Pharisees also asked him again how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.”

Verse 16 – Therefore some of the Pharisees said, “This Man is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath.” Others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” And there was division among them.

Did some of these men honestly think that Satan, full of compassion for this blind man, healed him? They could only think of one of their made-up rules that had been broken on the Sabbath.

Do we judge like that too? When we notice someone cutting their grass on a Sunday, do we assume they are not a Christian. First of all, the Sabbath is from around six o’clock on Friday until six o’clock on Saturday. Our Sunday that we go to the Lord’s house is not the Sabbath. And further more, the sixth day was made for man to rest. Nowhere in God’s law does it say we cannot do good works on our day of rest. Don’t make rules for others that you yourself can’t keep.

Verse 17 – They said to the blind man again, “What do you say about Him because He opened your eyes?” He said, “He is a prophet.”

If Jesus is going to heal you, do you really care what day of the week He does it?

Verse 18 – But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind and received his sight, until they called the parents of him who had received his sight.

Verse 19 – And they asked them saying, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?”

Verse 20 – His parents answered them and said, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind;

Verse 21 – “but by what means he now sees we do not know, or who opened his eyes we do not know. He is of age; ask him. He will speak for himself.”

Verse 22 – His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had agreed already that if anyone confessed that He was Christ, he would be put out of the synagogue.

These Jews of the Sanhedrin, had decreed that if anyone said that Jesus was the Messiah, they would not be allowed back in the synagogue. They would have thirty days to repent, take back what they said. If they didn’t, then they extended it to sixty days. If no repentance came, they were then excommunicated from the whole body of the Jewish church. This is what the parents feared.

Verse 23 – Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”

Verse 24 – So they called the man who was blind, and said to him, “Give God the glory! We know that this Man is a sinner.”

This was a warning for this man to tell the truth. Confess this fraud and imposture before God.

Verse 25 – He answered and said, “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.”

Verse 26 – Then they said to him again, “What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?”

Verse 27 – He answered them, “I told you already, and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become His disciples?”

This poor man had been grilled enough, so he answers them sarcastically.

Verse 28 – “We know that God spoke to Moses; as for this fellow, we do not know where He is from.”

Verse 30 – The man answered and said to them, “Why, this is a marvelous thing, that you do not know where He is from, and yet He has opened my eyes!

Verse 31 – “Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him.

The first prayer God hears from a sinner is when they cry out for Him to save them and they repent of their sin. Proverbs 15:29 – The Lord is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the righteous. I think its remarkable that this man knew the scriptures better than the religious leaders.

Verse 32 – “Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind.

Verse 33 – “If this Man were not from God, He could do nothing.”

Verse 34 – They answered and said to him, “You were completely born in sins, and are you teaching us?” And they cast him out.

It’s amazing that this man who had been a beggar, never read the scriptures and had no formal education, could so boldly and strongly put the Sanhedrin in their place. Only by the power of God was he able to do this.

Verse 35 – Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said to him, “Do yo believe in the Son of God?”

Verse 36 – He answered and said, “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?”

Verse 37 – And Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with you.”

Verse 38 – Then he said, “Lord, I believe!” and he worshiped Him.

The longer this man experienced his new life through Christ, the more confident he became in the One who healed him. He gained not only physical sight but also spiritual sight as he recognized Jesus first as Prophet, then as Lord.

Peter tells us to grow in grace and knowledge of our Savior Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 3:18).

Verse 39 – And Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into the world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind.”

Those that know they are in need of a Savior, their eyes of their heart shall be opened to point toward Jesus. And those who are wise in their own conceit, such as the scribes and the Pharisees, will be blind to the things of God.

Verse 40 – Then some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these words, and said to Him, “Are we blind also?”

Verse 41 – Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, ‘We see.’ Therefore your sins remains.

The Pharisees were shocked that Jesus thought they were spiritually blind. He told them that stubbornness and ignorance was their only excuse. To those who remain open and recognize how sin truly blinds them from the truth, He gave spiritual understanding and insight. But He rejected those who had become complacent and self-satisfied in their own knowledge.

 

 

John – Chapter 8

A Woman Is Caught in Adultery

Verse 1 – But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.

Verse 2 – But early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them.

Verse 3 – Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst,

Verse 4 – they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act.

Verse 5 – “Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?”

Let’s look at this situation more intently. Remember the festival had just ended and there were booths, tents set up throughout the city, so it would have been easy to suddenly jerk back a flap and catch someone in the act. My question is, “What were these men doing looking in on two people in the first place?” We would call them perverts today.

Second, you can’t commit adultery by yourself. Where was the man she had been caught with? Should not the man also have been arrested also? This whole thing looks suspicious, like it was set up to catch Jesus in ignoring the law.

If Jesus said stone her, they would report Him to the Roman government. They were the only ones who had the authority for an execution. If Jesus let her go , He would be breaking Moses laws. (catch 22)

Verse 6 – This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.

Remember, Jesus is in the temple teaching, so this was not merely dirt that He was writing on, these were hard tiles of stone!

Verse 7 – So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.”

I’m sure a crowd had gathered by then. Perhaps Jesus wrote the accuser’s names, along with a sin they themselves had committed.

We should take a good look at our own lives before we start wagging a finger at someone else.

Verse 8 – And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground.

Verse 9 – Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

They were embarrassed and guilty. This verse clarifies that they were still in the temple, because it says, “They went out, one by one.” If they were already outside, they simply would have left. That was a miracle that a lot of people miss.

Verse 10 – When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?”

Verse 11 – She said, “No one Lord.” and Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

Satan is called the accuser of men, so don’t do his job! Jesus met her sin with forgiveness and instruction to sin no more. True repentance will be a visible change in behavior after the mind has changed towards God.

Verse 12 – Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

Verse 13 – The Pharisees therefore said to Him, “You bear witness of Yourself; Your witness is not true.”

Verse 14 – Jesus answered and said to them “Even if I bear witness of Myself, My witness is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going; but you do not know where I come from and where I am going.

Verse 15 – “You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one.

Verse 16 – “And yet if I do judge, My judgment is true; for I am not alone, but I am with the Father who sent Me.

Verse 17 – “It is also written in your law that the testimony of two men is true.

Verse 18 – “I am One who bears witness of Myself, and the Father who sent Me bears witness of Me.”

The Pharisees argued that Jesus claim was legally invalid because He had no other witness. Jesus told them that His confirming witness was God Himself. Two was the number required by law of a witness (Deuteronomy 19:15).

Verse 19 – Then they said to Him, “Where is Your Father? Jesus answered, “You know neither Me nor My Father. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also.”

Do you know that hatred will blind you to truth. These Pharisees knew not God, so neither did they recognize the Messiah. No one can know the Father, bu to whom the son reveals him. You can’t know One without the other.

Verse 20 – These words Jesus spoke in the treasury, as He taught in the temple; and no one laid hands on Him, for His hour had not yet come.

Verse 21 – Then Jesus said to them again, “I am going away, and you will seek Me, and will die in your sin. Where I go you cannot come.”

They will die in their sin of unbelief and rejection of the true Messiah. They will not have eternal life because they rejected Jesus.

Verse 22 – So the Jews said, “Will He kill Himself, because He says, “Where I go you cannot come’?”

Verse 23 – And He said to them, “You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this word; I am not of this world.

Verse 24 – “Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”

And that means; when a person dies without Christ, they take every sin they’ve ever committed, to the grave with them. On the day of Judgment, they are raised to give an account before the “Great White Throne.” The only way to avoid this terrible judgment, is to receive Christ’s forgiveness and have your sins washed in His blood.

Verse 25 – Then they said to Him, “Who are You?” And Jesus said to them, “Just what I have been saying to you from the beginning.

Verse 26 – “I have many things to say and to judge concerning you, but He who sent Me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I heard from Him.”

Verse 27 – They did not understand that He spoke to them of the Father.

Verse 28 – Then Jesus said to them, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things.

Verse 29 – “And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.”

Verse 30 – As He spoke these words, many believed in Him.

Faith comes by hearing the Word of God, and so they believed.

Verse 31 – Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My words, you are My disciples indeed.

Genuine disciples of Christ will continue in His word. However, there are those who start out, but then fall back on reading His word. I’ve known people who have been saved for years and never pick up the word of God. They expect to only learn from someone else. True disciples will hold fast and continue as evidence of being disciples indeed.

Verse 32 – “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

When the word of God comes, it will break those chains of guilt, condemnation, and shame, to a new life of mercy and grace, and forgiveness. shouldn’t we show the same to others? Jesus shows us the way to eternal life through Him.

Verse 33 – They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You can make us free’?”

That wasn’t exactly true. They had been in bondage to Egypt, Babylon, Assyria, and now the Roman government. But Jesus was not talking about physical bondage, it was spiritual bondage.

Verse 34 – Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.

Verse 35 – “And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever.

Sin has a way of enslaving us, controlling us, dominating us, and dictating our actions. The slave of sin will be exposed and will not be able to stay in the house. But the true son is not excused, but forgiven and abides in the house forever.

Verse 36 – “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

Verse 37 – “I know you are Abraham’s descendants, but you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you.

Verse 38 – “I speak what I have seen with My Father, and you do what you have seen with your father.”

Jesus just plainly told them that their father was the devil.

Verse 39 – They answered and said to Him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham.

Verse 40 – “But now you seek to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth which I heard from God. Abraham did not do this.

Verse 41 – “You do the deeds of your father.” Then they said to Him, “We were not born of fornication; we have one Father – God.”

Jesus made a distinction between hereditary children and true children. These religious leaders were hereditary children of Abraham and claimed to be children of God. Jesus was explaining to them that only those born of God through faith in Him are God’s children. That principle still stands today.

Verse 42 – Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me.

Verse 43 – “Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word.

Satan used their stubbornness, pride, and prejudices to keep them from believing in Jesus. Hatred will blind your heart from hearing the truth.

Verse 44 – “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.

Verse 45 – “But because I tell you the truth, you do not believe Me.

The attitudes and actions of these leaders clearly identified them as followers of Satan. Their hatred of the truth, their lies, and their murderous intentions indicated how much control the devil had over them. They were the devil’s tools.

Our actions and by what comes out of our mouth’s, shows what’s truly in the heart and whose we belong to, whether God or the devil. There are no grey areas.

Verse 46 – “Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me?

Verse 47 – “He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.”

No one could accuse Jesus of one single sin. Jesus proved He was God in the flesh by His sinless life. He is the only perfect example for us to follow.

Verse 48 – Then the Jews answered and said to Him, “Do we not say rightly that You are a Samaritan and have a demon?”

To call a man a Samaritan, was to call them a heretic, or an excommunicated person. They charged Samaritan’s with corrupting the Scriptures and with worshiping idols.

Verse 49 – Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon; but I honor My Father, and you dishonor Me.

Verse 50 – “And I do not seek My own glory; there is One who seeks and judges.

Verse 51 – “Most assuredly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he shall never see death.”

Jesus is talking about a second death here, the eternal death. Those who die without Christ will be raised unto judgment one day and then will be thrown into the lake of fire for all eternity. However, those born-again die, raise again, and live an eternity with Christ.

Verse 52 – Then the Jews said to Him, “Now we know that You have a demon! Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and You say, ‘If anyone keeps My word he shall never taste death.’

Verse 53 – “Are You greater than our father Abraham, who is dead? And the prophets are dead. Whom do You make Yourself out to be?”

And that’s what it’s like, talking to people who refuse to have their hearts and mind open to the truth. We, as Jesus did, plainly tell them that Jesus is the Christ, God in the flesh, and they still won’t see, they will die in their sin.

Verse 4 – Jesus answered, “If I honor Myself, My honor is nothing. It is My Father who honors Me, of whom you say that He is your God.

Verse 55 – “Yet you have not known Him, but I know Him. And if I say, ‘I do not know Him,’ I shall be a liar like you; but I do know Him and keep His word.

Verse 56 – “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.”

God had told Abraham that through him, all nations would be blessed (Genesis 12:1-7). Abraham was able to see through the eyes of faith that Jesus would be his descendant and bless all people though Jesus’ death and resurrection for salvation.

Verse 57 – Then the Jews said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?”

Verse 58 – Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”

This is one of the most powerful statements ever uttered by Jesus. When He said He existed before Abraham was born, He undeniably proclaimed His divinity. Then Jesus applied God’s Holy name – I AM!

Verse 59 – Then they took up stones to throw at Him; but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.

The religious leaders were so mad at what Jesus had said, they wanted to stone Him to death for claiming to be God, and once again, Jesus walked right out without them being able to see Him, because His time had not yet come.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John – Chapter 7

Verse 1 – After these things Jesus walked in Galilee; for He did not want to walk in Judea, because the Jews sought to kill Him.

Verse 2 – Now the Jew’s Feast of Tabernacles was at hand.

This event occurred in October, about six months after the Passover celebration. This celebration commemorated when the Israelites lived in the wilderness in booths and tents (Leviticus 23:43).

Verse 3 – His brothers therefore said to Him, “Depart from here and go into Judea, that Your disciples also may see the works that You are doing.

Verse 4 – “For no one does anything in secret while he himself seeks to be known openly. If You do these things show Yourself to the world.”

Verse 5 – For even His brothers did not believe in Him.

After Jesus died and rose again, these brothers believed. They wanted Jesus to do miracles in front of people that mattered, kings and rulers. Let the whole world know how great You are, in other words.

Verse 6 – Then Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always ready.

Verse 7 – “The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil.

The world didn’t hate His brothers because they were of the world. Jesus preached against evil works in the world, so they hated Him. The longer you are a Christian, there will be people who don’t like you, simply because you are a Christian.

Verse 8 – “You go up to this feast. I am not yet going up to this feast, for My time has not yet fully come.”

Verse 9 – When He had said these things to them, He remained in Galilee.

Christ Secretly Goes to the Feast

Verse 10 – But when His brothers had gone up, then He also went up to the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret.

The religious leaders hated Jesus, so He wouldn’t take the chance of them killing Him before the purposed time. Do you ever wonder why God delays certain things in your life? It’s because He’s lining everything up for that greater purpose. It’s not always “just about us!”

Verse 11 – Then the Jews sought Him at the feast, and said, “Where is He?”

Verse 12 – And there was much murmuring among the people concerning Him. Some said, “He is good”; others said, “No, on the contrary, He deceives the people.”

Verse 13 – However no one spoke openly of Him for fear of the Jews.

Some said He deceived the people because He broke the Sabbath, according to them and He called Himself the Son of God. But no one had the nerve to say anything against Him publicly.

There are some today that have the courage to talk about Jesus while surrounded by other believers, but when not, they keep silent. Here’s the problem with that: If you don’t acknowledge Jesus before others, neither will He acknowledge you before His Father (Matthew 10:32).

Verse 14 – Now about he middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and taught.

Verse 15 – And the Jews marveled, saying, “How does this Man know letters, having never studied?”

When Jesus taught, His words were delivered with such power and authority, they were amazed. Knowing Scripture is one thing, but being able to interpret with the correct meaning takes the power of God’s Holy spirit, which Jesus had.

Verse 16 – Jesus answered them and said, “My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me.

Verse 17 – “If anyone wants to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority.

Verse 18 – “He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him.

Have you ever wondered if a pastor or leader was speaking of their own opinion, calling it God’s? It’s really quite easy to tell: If they point to God’s will and do not contradict scripture, then they are true pastors. A true message from God will always point to Jesus without compromise. But if they start with, “I think…”, and it’s not found in scripture, it is more than not, their own convictions.

Verse 19 – “Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keep the law? Why do you seek to kill Me?

Was “Thou shall not murder” one of the laws of Moses? And they prided themselves in keeping the law, but yet wanted to kill Jesus. Jesus was trying to teach them the “spirit” of the law, but hey were hypocrites and too blind to see the true meaning behind the law.

Verse 20 – The people answered and said, “You have a demon. Who is seeking to kill you?”

Verse 21 – Jesus answered and said to them, “I did one work, and you all marveled.

This one work might refer to the healing of the man at Bethesda’s pool, and He did it on the Sabbath.

Verse 22 – “Moses therefore gave you circumcision (not that it is from Moses, but from the fathers), and you circumcise a man on the Sabbath.

Verse 23 – “If a man receives circumcision on the Sabbath, so that the law of Moses should not be broken, are you angry with Me because I made a man completely well on the Sabbath?

Verse 24 – “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”

According to law, a male child was to be circumcised on the eight-day after birth. If it fell on the Sabbath, they allowed it, but they had criticized Jesus for healing a man  the Sabbath. Judge with righteous judgment, according to truth and evidence, exceptions according to mercy.

Verse 25 – Then some of them from Jerusalem said, “Is this not He whom they seek to kill?

Verse 26 – “But look! He speaks boldly, and they say nothing to Him. do the rulers know indeed that this is truly Christ?

Verse 27 – “However, we know where this Man is from; but when the Christ comes, no one know where He is from.”

They evidently didn’t know the Scripture, because it plainly told to whom He would be born and where.

Verse 28 – Then Jesus cried out, as He taught in the temple saying, “You both know Me, and you know where I am from; and I have not come of Myself, but He who sent Me is true, whom you do not know.

Verse 29 – “But I know Him, for I am from Him, and He sent Me.”

Verse 30 – Then they sought to take Him; but no one laid a hand on Him, because His hour had not yet come.

Whom, do you think restrained these men from laying hold of Jesus right then? God, of course.

Verse 31 – And many of the people believed in Him, and said, “When the Christ comes, will He do more signs than these which this Man has done?”

Verse 32 – The Pharisees heard the crowd murmuring these things concerning Him, and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take Him.

Verse 33 – Then Jesus said to them, “I shall be with you a little while longer, and then I go to Him who sent Me.

Verse 34 – “You will seek Me and not find Me, and where I am you cannot come.”

Verse 35 – Then the Jews said among themselves, “Where does He intend to go that we shall not find Him? Does He intend to go to the Dispersion among the Greeks and teach the Greeks?

Verse 36 – “What is this thing that He said, ‘You will seek Me and not find Me, and where I go you cannot come’?”

The chief priests and Pharisees representing the Sanhedrin, deployed the temple police to arrest Jesus. The people had totally misunderstood what Jesus had said because ever since the exile, many Jews had not returned to Palestine but continued to live in the Dispersion – with Gentiles.

Verse 37 – On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts let him come to Me and drink.

Verse 38 – “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”

Verse 39 – But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

Jesus used this term “living water” to indicate eternal life. Where the Holy Spirit is accepted, He brings eternal life.

Verse 40 – Therefore many from the crowd, when they heard this saying, said, “Truly this is the Prophet.”

Verse 41 – Others said, “This is the Christ,” but some said, “Will the Christ come out of Galilee?

Verse  42 – “Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes fro the seed of David and from the town of Bethlehem, where David was?”

Verse 43 – So there was division among the people because of Him.

Verse 44 – Now some of them wanted to take Him, but no one laid hands on Him.

Some believed, some were hostile, and others disqualified Jesus as the Messiah because He was from Nazareth, not Bethlehem. But He was born in Bethlehem and grew up in Nazareth.

Verse 45 – Then the officers came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, “Why have you not brought Him?”

Verse 46 – The officers answered, “No man ever spoke like this Man!”

As these officers followed Jesus to catch Him breaking one of their laws and they began to listen to Him. They were convinced He did nothing wrong that warranted arrest. If you have an open heart when you read or hear scripture, truth, it will amaze and change you, instead of offending you.

Verse 47 – Then the Pharisees answered them, “Are you also deceived?

Verse 48 – “Have any of the rulers or the Pharisees believed in Him?

Verse 49 – “But this crowd that does not know the law is accursed.”

These Jewish leaders saw themselves as an elite group that they alone had the truth, but yet resisted the truth of Christ. The only truth that truly matters is written truth.

Verse 50 – Nicodemus (he who came to Jesus by night, being one of them) said to them,

Verse 51 – “Does our law judge a man before it hears him and knows what he is doing?”

Verse 52 – They answered and said to him, “Are you also from Galilee? Search and look, for no prophet has risen out of Galilee.”

Verse 53 – And everyone went to his own house.

Nicodemus confronted his fellow Pharisees with their failure to keep their own laws. Pride interfered with their ability to reason, and soon they would become obsessed with getting rid of Jesus, what was good and right no longer mattered. Don’t let pride stop you from admitting you are wrong. The consequences can be devastating.