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!

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

John – Chapter 6

Christ Feeds 5,000

Verse 1 – After these things Jesus went over the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias.

Almost a year had passed since the man at the pool had been healed, and Jesus defended Himself for doing it on the Sabbath.

Verse 2 – Then a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His signs which He performed on those who were diseased.

Verse 3 – And Jesus went up on a mountain, and there He sat with His disciples.

Verse 4 – Now the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was near.

This would be the third Passover since the Lord’s baptism and the start of His ministry.

Verse 5 – Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?”

Verse 6 – But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do.

Jesus asked Philip because he was from Bethsaida, a town about nine miles away. Jesus knew there was not enough money or enough bread to feed these people and was about to show His disciples nothing was impossible with God.

Verse 7 – Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denari worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.”

Verse 8 – One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him,

Verse 9 – “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?”

This is exactly how most of us would have responded. We don’t have enough to accomplish the job, so we don’t even try. Why don’t we give what little we have to God, and then watch Him turn it into more than enough? I’ve been there many times. But God is always faithful to supply whatever it is I need and turn it into enough to share with others.

Verse 10 – Then Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.

There were also women and children. Keep in mind that in most times, the Lord will ask or tell you to do something right before your miracle comes. We have to learn to trust and then be obedient.

Verse 11 – And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down, and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted.

Do you give thanks to God for your food? Jesus gave thanks and gave the bread and the fish to the disciples, and as they distributed them, it multiplied. When we are obedient and then put our faith with action, God does the work!

Verse 12 – So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.”

In the midst of abundance, take care that nothing is wasted of the good things that God gives so it might be useful to another or used at another time.

Verse 13 – Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten.

There is a lesson in leftovers. God gives in abundance. He takes whatever we can offer Him, ability and resources, and multiplies its effectiveness beyond our wildest expectations. If we take the first step and make ourselves available to God, He will show us how much we can be used to advance the kingdom of God.

Verse 14 – Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, “This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.” (The prophet Moses spoke of Him in Deuteronomy 18:15.)

Verse 15 – Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to a mountain by Himself alone.

Verse 16 – And when evening came, His disciples went down to the sea,

Verse 17 – got into the boat, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was now dark, and Jesus had not come to them.

Now, how do you imagine that Jesus slipped away from over 5,000 people and His disciples that were close by? I believe it was the same thing that happened when the demons went into the swine and the people of that village wanted to throw Him over the cliff, and He passed right by them without being seen invisible!

Verse 18 – Then the sea arose because a great wind was blowing.

Verse 19 – So when they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near the boat; and they were afraid.

After what they had just seen Jesus do with the feeding of 5,000, they shouldn’t have been surprised or even frightened. Faith is a mind-set that expects God to act. When we act on that expectation, it not only will wipe out all fear, but know our miracle is coming. Jesus always shows up in a believer’s life!

Verse 20 – But He said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.”

Verse 21 – Then they willingly received Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land where they were going.

Two things to take note: This may have been the same event where Peter stepped out of the boat and walked on water or it may have been another time. Second, another miracle just took place. No more rowing. They were all of sudden at the land where they were going.

Verse 22 – On the following day, when the people who were standing on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other boat there, except that one which the disciples had entered, and that Jesus had not entered the boat with His disciples, but His disciples had gone away alone –

Verse 23 – however, other boats came from Tiberias, near the place where they ate bread after the Lord had given thanks –

Verse 24 – when the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, nor His disciples, they also got into boats and came to Capernaum, seeking Jesus.

These people, the same that Jesus had fed, witnessed the disciples leaving in a boat, but Jesus wasn’t with them. Word had spread about this miracle, so others showed up in their boats, but when they got to where Jesus had fed all these people, they got back in their boasts looking for Jesus and went to Capernaum.

Verse 25 – And when they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?”

Verse 26 – Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because yo ate of the loaves and were filled.

Verse 27 – “Do not labor for the food which perishes, bu for food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.

Jesus criticized the people for only following Him for the physical and temporal benefits and not for seeking satisfaction for spiritual hunger. Ask yourself, “Why do you follow Jesus?”

Verse 28 – Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?”

Verse 29 – Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”

The people misunderstood Jesus’ statement and asked about the works God required or they wanted to do the miracles that Jesus did. The religions of the world are mankind’s attempts to answer this question, “What does God want me to do?” But Jesus replied with a simple answer, “Believe on Him.” Satisfying God does not come from the deeds we perform, but from faith in whom He sent, Jesus. All spiritual development is built on this affirmation, good works will follow.

Verse 30 – Therefore they said to Him, “What sign will You perform then, that we may see it and believe You? What work will You do?

Does this not sound like people today? “Give me a sign, and we’ll believe!” Can people not look around and see His magnificent design of nature and millions of everything else including the planets and stars?

Verse 31 – “Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ ”

Verse 32 – Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven.

Verse 33 – “For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

Verse 34 – Then they said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.”

Verse 35 – And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.

Just as bread sustains physical life, Jesus is invited into a person’s life and He will sustain their spiritual life.

Verse 36 – “But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe.

Verse 37 – “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.

Verse 38 – “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.

Verse 39 – This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day.

All those who come to Jesus for salvation, are secured in God’s promise of eternal life. Does God know all who will choose Jesus? Yes, He does, but no one comes to the Father unless he be drawn.

Verse 40 – “And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.

Jesus makes it very clear, “You must put your faith in Jesus Christ, while living and breathing to be raised to eternal life to go with Jesus when He comes! A person is not raised to eternal life if they never committed “this life” to the “Giver of Life!” Our opinions don’t matter; our thinking that God accepts any old way of living and He’ll make an exception won’t cut it. His written word tells us over and over what is acceptable to Him. Not our ways but His.

Verse 41 – The Jews then murmured against Him, because He said, “I am the bread which came down from heaven.”

Verse 42 – And they said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How is it then that He says, ‘I have come down from heaven’?”

Verse 43 – Jesus therefore answered and said to them, “Do not murmur among yourselves.

Verse 44 – “No  one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him, and I will raise him up the last day.

God, not man, plays the most active role in salvation. There is absolutely nothing man can do on his own to be saved, nothing! When a person chooses to believe in Christ as Savior, God does the urging and drawing by His Spirit, and then we decide to believe or not. Thus no one can believe without God’s help.

Verse 45 – “It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me.

Verse 46 – “Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen the Father.

Jesus was stressing the importance of not merely hearing, but learning with understanding! We are taught by God through scripture and the revelation of it by the Holy Spirit!

Verse 47 – “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.

Verse 48 – “I am the bread of life.

Verse 49 – “Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead.

Verse 50 – “This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die.

Verse 51 – “I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.”

Verse 52 – The Jews therefore quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this Man give us His flesh to eat?”

Verse 53 – Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.

Flesh and blood – the total person. You cannot accept just certain teachings of Jesus, it’s all or nothing! You either accept the person, the cross, and the resurrection, or you have no part in Him.

Verse 54 – “Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up the last day.

Verse 55 – “For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed.

Verse 56 – “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.

Verse 57 – “As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me.

Verse 58 – “This is the bread which came down from heaven – not as your fathers ate the manna and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever.”

Verse 59 – These things He said in the synagogue as He taught in Capernaum.

This message must have shocked those listening. We don’t eat flesh and we don’t drink blood. Jesus was saying that His life had to become their own, but they could not accept this concept. The Apostle Paul used the body and blood imagery in talking about communion (1 Corinthians 11:23-26).

Rejection By Many Followers

Verse 60 – Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, “This is a hard saying; who can understand it?”

Verse 61 – When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples murmured about this, He said to them, “Does this offend you?

Verse 62 – “What then if you should see the Son of Man ascend where He was before?

Verse 63 – “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.

Verse 64 – “But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray Him.

Verse 65 – And He said, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.”

Verse 66 – From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more.

That road that leads to eternal life is narrow. When some hear something they won’t accept, they simply stop following. We either take all of Jesus or we walk away being offended. The true Gospel is offensive to those who are perishing. Choose life!

Verse 67 – Then Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?”

Verse 68 – Then Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.

Verse 69 – “Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Verse 70 – Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?”

Verse 71 – He spoke of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, for it was he who would betray Him, being one of the twelve.

Just as Peter said, “Where would we go?” We should ask ourselves this question when one decides to walk away. Is living the Christian life hard? You bet it is. Will it be worth it in the end? Ask yourself this question: “Do I want to spend eternity in torment and total darkness with no relief in sight, or do I want to spend eternity with a loving God who created Me and never die?

 

 

John – Chapter 5

Christ Heals the Paralytic Man

Verse 1 – After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

Up to a year and a half may have passed after the last recorded festival, the Passover, when Jesus cleared the temple and met Nicodemus. The unnamed Jewish festival may have been the Feast of Tabernacles.

Verse 2 – Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches.

Bethesda may mean, “house of mercy,” a fitting term given the desperate state of the people who lay there hoping for a miracle.

Verse 3 – In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of water.

Verse 4 – For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had.

Verse 5 – Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years.

We have no idea how long this man had laid at this pool, waiting for a miracle. But we do know he had something very wrong with his body, for 38 years. He was disabled in some way though and was too crippled to put himself in the pool.

Verse 6 – When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had already been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”

I wonder what stood out about this one man? Out of all the sick people that were there , Jesus’ focus was on him. Did Jesus see something on the inside of this man that compelled His own heart to show mercy?

Verse 7 – The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming another steps down before me.”

This poor man was in a hopeless situation, no help in sight, even though he was trying his best to do something. I think about all these people, multitudes, waiting by that pool, and not one person would help this one man get into the pool. “Why? Because when some people, not all, are sick or hurting, their focus is only on themselves.

Verse 8 – Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.”

Verse 9 – And immediately the man was made well, took up his be, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath.

The Bible doesn’t record Jesus healing anyone else at that pool, only this man. Maybe the others were only looking for a one-time miracle, and then would go on their merry way and never give God a second thought.

Verse 10 – The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, “It is the Sabbath, it is not lawful for you to carry your bed.”

This law that the Pharisees quoted to this man, was not a law of the Old Testament. This was just one of the rules that they had added to God’s laws, because the had added hundreds.

Verse 11 – He answered them, “He who made me well said to me, ‘Take up your bed and walk.’ ”

Verse 12 – Then they asked him, “Who is the Man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’ ?”

Verse 13 – But the one who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a multitude being in that place.

Verse 14 – Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you have been made well. Sin no more.

This man went to the temple to worship God and to show his gratitude. However, now he needed to know his sins were forgiven and who Jesus was.

Verse 15 – The man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.

Verse 16 – For this reason the Jews persecuted Jesus, and sought to kill Him, because He had done these things on the Sabbath.

The rule became more important than the miracle. Watch out that you don’t limit God on how and through whom, He works your miracle.

Verse 17 – But Jesus answered them, “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.”

If God stopped working on the Sabbath, nature would fall into chaos, and sin would overrun the world. Jesus was teaching that when the opportunity to do good presents itself, it should not be ignored even on the Sabbath. Yes, God rested on the seventh day, bu did not stop from doing good.

Verse 18 – Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God.

Verse 19 – Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I said to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.

Verse 20 – “For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel.

Verse 21 – “For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will.

You cannot say you love God, while ignoring the Son, they are One. The Pharisees were too full of hatred to believe the prophecies that God had been born in the flesh to save that which was lost. Their only concern was “working on the Sabbath.”

Verse 22 – “For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son,

Verse 23 – “that all should honor the son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.

Jesus’ right to be honored, worshiped, is established and you can’t worship one without worshiping the other. He was trying to get the Pharisees to understand if they leave Him out of the worship, their worship was useless.

Verse 24 – “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.

Eternal life begins when we accept Jesus for who He is! At that moment new life begins in us through the power of the Holy Ghost. Jesus is the only way to the Father and the only way to eternal life!

Verse 25 – “Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live.

1 Thessalonians 4:16 – For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ shall rise first.

Verse 26 – “For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the son to have life in Himself,

Verse 27 – “and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man.

God is the source and Creator of life, for there is no life apart from God, here or hereafter. We were once dead in our trespasses and sin,  but because we believe in the Son, we have the gift of life living in us.

Verse 28 – “Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice

Verse 29 – “and come forth – those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.

Verse 30 – “I can Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous , because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.

The will of every Christian is to do the will of the Father. To be labeled a Christian is to be Christ-like, and Christ does the will of His Father. Not our will be done, but His!

Verse 31 – “If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not true.

According to Jewish law, no man was admitted a witness for himself, so neither was anything established by a single testimony. It was only established by two or three witnesses. So Christ meant that His testimony above, as a single witness, would not stand in a court, Him being human.

Verse 32 – “There is another who bears witness which He witnesses of Me is true.

Verse 33 – “You have sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth.

Verse 34 – “Yet I do not receive testimony from man, but I say these things that you may be saved.

Verse 35 – “He was the burning and shinning lamp, and you were willing for a time to rejoice in his light.

Jesus characterization of John the Baptist as a burning shinning lamp seems to echo Psalm 132:17 where God will set up a lamp for His anointed One.

Verse 36 – “But I have a greater witness than John’s ; for the works which the Father has given Me to finish – the very works that I do-bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me.

The whole Gospel came when Christ came, and was published by Christ Jesus, and the law was entirely fulfilled by Him, and the work of salvation was finished by Him, and these  bear witness to the truth of His deity, and divine Son-ship, for none but the Son of God could have done these things!

Verse 37 – “And the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me,. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form.

This verse seems to refer to when the law was given at Mount Sinai, for they did not hear God’s voice, nor did they see His form.

Verse 38 – “But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe.

Don’t forget, Jesus is talking straight at the Pharisees.

Verse 39 – “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.

Verse 40 – “But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.

Verse 41 – “I do not receive honor from men.

The religious leaders knew what the Scriptures said, but failed to apply their words to their own lives. They knew the teachings, but failed to see the Messiah to whom the Scriptures pointed. They knew the rules, but refused to let the Son of God change their lives. A lot of people have “religion,” but do not have q relationship with Christ!

Verse 42 – “But I know you, that you do not have the love of God in you.

Verse 43 – “I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive.

Jesus predicted the “false Christ’s” that would come, them they would believe.

Verse 44 – “How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from the only God?

Verse 45 – “Do not think that I shall accuse you  – Moses, in whom you trust.

Verse 46 – “For if you believe Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote of Me.

Verse 47 – “But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”

The Pharisees prided themselves on being the true followers of their ancestor Moses. They were trying to follow every one of his laws to the letter, and even adding some of their own. Jesus’ warning that Moses would accuse them stung them to furry. They didn’t think anyone had the authority to correct them. Watch out when yo can’t be corrected, because it will lead to a spirit of pride, which is a dangerous thing to possess.