Jesus gave His life
Yesterday, I read John Chapters 7 & 8 and today I continued with John Chapters 9 & 10.
In The opening verses of Chapter 7, Jesus is mocked by His own brothers, who clearly, at that time, had difficulty in believing in Him. Then, Jesus preaches midway through a festival in the temple, questioning the crowd about the reasons for wanting to kill Him and the Religious leaders tried to arrest Him. I love Jesus’ clever response to the religious leaders’ accusation about Him healing a man on a Sabbath:
‘Jesus replied,“I worked on the Sabbath by healing a man, and you were surprised. But you work on the Sabbath, too, whenever you obey Moses’ law of circumcision (actually, however, this tradition of circumcision is older than the Mosaic law); for if the correct time for circumcising your children falls on the Sabbath, you go ahead and do it, as you should. So why should I be condemned for making a man completely well on the Sabbath?Think this through and you will see that I am right.”’ ( John 7:21-24)
What a cool and smart answer!
In Chapter 8, there is the infamous story of Jesus forgiving a woman caught in adultery, Jesus talks of being the Light of the World and warns of coming judgment. And in the last two stories of Chapter 8 about God’s true children & of Jesus’ eternal status, Jesus really winds up the Jewish leaders! I love the way he puts them in their place and tells them how it is:
‘Why can’t you understand what I am saying? It is because you are prevented from doing so! For you are the children of your father the devil and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning and a hater of truth—there is not an iota of truth in him. When he lies, it is perfectly normal; for he is the father of liars. And so when I tell the truth, you just naturally don’t believe it!’ (John 8:43-45)
In Chapter 9, Jesus heals a man born blind and this man is then questioned by the religious leaders and then Jesus teaches about spiritual blindness. Finally, in chapter 10, Jesus talks of being the Good Shepherd which causes the religious leaders to be divided in their opinion of Him, then Jesus is surrounded by religious leaders in the temple and they picked up stones to kill Him. These religious leaders tried to arrest Jesus again, but Jesus just walked away and left them again!
These chapters in John show us how much Jesus went through throughout His ministry and we see how much Jesus is in control; that the religious leaders couldn’t kill Him or arrest Him because it wasn’t the right time, that Jesus’ life was not taken, but He gave His life.
‘Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live.’ (Galatians 1:4)