John, Day 42

Day 42.

Heavenly Father, please help us have a closer walk with You. Please give us the wisdom to understand Your word, and open our spiritual eyes to see Your glory, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

John 10:22-42, The Feast of Dedication.

There was a three months interval between v 21 and v22. The feast of tabernacles in v 21 was in autumn, the feast of dedication in v 22 was in winter. The Feast of dedication or Hanukah, was to commemorate the restoration of the temple worship in 165 BC after Judas Macabees’ victory over Antiochus Epiphanes who defied the temple with swine blood and stopped the Jewish temple worship in 167 BC.

V22-24, 22 Then came the Festival of Dedication at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was in the temple courts walking in Solomon’s Colonnade. 24 The Jews who were there gathered around him, saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”

When Jesus was in Solomon’s Colonnade in the temple court complex during the feast of dedication, the Jews asked Him, whether He was the Messiah. Jesus replied He was, but they did not believe Him.

V25- 33, 25 Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.” 31 Again his Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone him, 32 but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?” 33 “We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”

Jesus’ miracles testified and validated His claim as Messiah. He healed the paralyzed man in the pool of Bethesda and the congenitally blind man in the temple court complex. Jesus gave eternal life to His believers. Jesus and His Father secured their salvation. When Jesus said that He and His Father are One, the Jews threw stones at Jesus for blasphemy.

V34-39, 34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are “gods”’? 35 If he called them ‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be set aside— 36 what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’? 37 Do not believe me unless I do the works of my Father. 38 But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.” 39 Again they tried to seize him, but he escaped their grasp.

Heavens and earth will pass away but the word of God will never pass away. Scripture is authoritative and eternal. 2 Timothy 3:16, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness”. 2 Peter 1:21, “for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit”. When Jesus said, ‘’the Father is in Me and I am in the Father’’, the Jews wanted to arrest Him but He escaped from them.

V 40-42, 40 Then Jesus went back across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing in the early days. There he stayed,41 and many people came to him. They said, “Though John never performed a sign, all that John said about this man was true.” 42 And in that place many believed in Jesus.

Jesus went back to Bethabara beyond the Jordan in the wilderness of Perea, where He started His public ministry three years ago. John 1: 29, ’Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world’’. Many Israelites believed in Jesus through the testimony of John the Baptist, even though John the Baptist did not perform any miracles.

Prayer :

Heavenly Father, help us to study Your word daily not for head knowledge but revelation knowledge and to know You as our Lord and Savior, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

John, Day 41.

Day 41.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, we come before You in humility, brokenness, and with a contrite heart, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

John 10: 1- 21, The feast of Tabernacles, Part 9, the Good Shepherd Discourse.

VV 1-6, 1 Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” 6 Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them.

The shepherd and sheep metaphor:

The shepherd represents Jesus, sheep represent Christian, the gatekeeper represents the Holy Spirit, a thief and a robber represent satan. Psalm 23 a, “’The Lord is my shepherd.’’ Isaiah 53:6, ‘’We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all”. The shepherd enters through the gate. A thief and a robber enter by climbing up the fence. When the gatekeeper opens the gate and the shepherd calls his sheep by name, the sheep who recognize the shepherd’s voice will follow the shepherd.

VV 7-10, 7 Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. 9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.[a] They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

John 10:7 and 10:9, ‘’I am the gate’’ is the third I AM statement. Jesus is the gate of the sheep pen, the gateway to salvation, provision, safety, and protection. Jesus came to give us abundant life. Satan came to steal, kill and destroy life.

VV 11- 13, 11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

John 10: 11 and 14, “’I am the good shepherd” is the fourth I AM Statement. ‘’Lays down His life’’ speaks of His crucifixion. Jesus cares, loves, protects, guides, comforts, provides for, and dies for us. John 15:13, ‘’Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.’’

VV 14-18,14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. 17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”

The other sheepfold speaks of the Gentiles. The Gospel started from Jerusalem to Judea, Samaria, and spread to the world, (Gentiles). Jesus united the Jews and the Gentiles into one flock, Ephesians 2:14, ‘’For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us.’’ Laying down His life and taking it up again, speaks of His death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and glorification.

VV 19- 21, 19 The Jews who heard these words were again divided. 20 Many of them said, “He is demon-possessed and raving mad. Why listen to him?” 21 But others said, “These are not the sayings of a man possessed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”

Many of the Jews said that Jesus was demon-possessed and mad, but other Jews disagreed with this opinion.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, thank You that Jesus is our good shepherd, chief shepherd, great shepherd, and the shepherd of our souls who came to give us eternal life, in Jesus’ name, Amen.