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.

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