John 10

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In John 10 Jesus is telling the people that you will have eternal life. They don’t believe so they don’t understand what he’s talking about. He referred to the people who believe in him and follow him as His sheep and He is their shepherd. The people who believe receive eternal life. He referred to Himself as the gate meaning those who enter by him are saved from their sins. People who don’t believe in Him will cause problems with the body of Christ just like wolves trying to pull you away from the body of Christ. He keeps saying I’m the good shepherd meaning He will not let you die in your sins.

What this is basically talking about is if you believe in Him you don’t have to die in your sins or the horrible things of the world. He will protect you and laid His life down for us so we don’t have to go to hell so we can be with Him in heaven.

 

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John 9

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In John 9 Jesus walked by a man born blind and His disciples asked Him “Rabbi who sinned this man or his parents that he was born blind?” Jesus said neither him nor his parents sinned but so the works of God may display in him. Jesus anointed the man but spiting in the dirt making mud and He told him to go wash in the pool of Siloam. Now God could have just have healed him there but God wanted him to take those first steps by himself. People saw him able to see and didn’t believe it they started saying he wasn’t ever blind and the Pharisees said that Jesus wasn’t the son of God because he didn’t keep the Sabbath holy. The man’s parents were afraid that they would but sent out of the synagogue for confessing tat Jesus is the son of God. The blind man said one thing I do know is that I was blind and know I see.

What this is about is God will sometimes make us take those first to be forgiven and healed. Sometimes God will do it for you but he will make you take other steps on your own. When God does something that changes your life people like the Pharisees and the neighbors will start questioning you what He did for you. It really doesn’t matter what they think of you as long as you don’t let it start making you questioning thing too.

Tricky Situation- John 8

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Well it’s been a while but never fear folks the Legendary B Mac & I are back! We are picking up our journey through the gospel of John with chapter eight!  It is here we find Jesus in a very famous incident.

While teaching in the temple a group of scribes and Pharisees brought a woman that they had caught in the very act of adultery! In verse 5 they inquired, “Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?”

Scripture tells us this question was a trick, but what made it a trick? According to Roman law Jews were not allowed to carry out death sentences.  If Jesus were to reply “Stone her” he’d be arrested. If He replied, “Let her go,” he would had been accused of not supporting the Jewish law.  Tricky tricky… So how did Jesus respond?

John 8:7-8

He who is without sin among you, let him be the  first to throw a stone at her.”

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According to verse 9 that one sentence those men were, “convicted by their conscience.” (NKJV) With that one sentence Jesus literally flipped the scripted and caused those people to ask themselves, “am I really any better than this woman in the eyes of God?!”  The answer to which could only be, no. With that they dropped their stones and turned away.

When they had all left He asked the woman if anyone was left to condemn her, she said no. With that Jesus said some of the most powerful sentences,

John 8:11

I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.”

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Here Jesus let her know that He cared for her and at the same gave her a very powerful command “From now on sin no more.”   Throughout time people have looked at this sentence and tried to say that Jesus has giving this woman a free pass. The truth, however, could not be further from this.  Here Christ demonstrated his redemptive work. The by all legal standing should had been punished, but Christ offered forgiveness and exchanged told her to “sin no more.”

If we truly call ourselves Christians then we have to live a life that is holy and acceptable to God. I’m not saying we won’t make mistakes and that God has no grace for that, but what I am saying is God does not honor open rebellion against His word. There is a difference between a man struggling to do what is right and a man who blatantly sins not caring what God thinks.

John8

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in John8 Jesus is teaching in the temple and the Pharisees brought a women who was caught in the act of adultery. They asked Jesus what he thought about it. They said this to test him so they could have something to charge against him. This was testing Him because the Law of Moses says they should stone such a women, but the Roman law says that Jewish people couldn’t sentence people to death or execute people. That’s why when Jesus was hung on the cross they took him to Pilot a Roman official. Jesus told the people “who ever is perfect shall throw the first stone” and bent down and wrote on the ground. The people start felling guilty on the inside and left one by one. Then He was left alone with the woman and said to her has no one condemned you? No one she said. Neither have I go on and sin no more. Later he was talking to the Pharisees saying where I am going you can’t come. When he said this they thought he was going to kill himself. then they told him his testimony isn’t true. Then Jesus said I know where I come from and where I am going but you don’t know where I am going or where I come from. They didn’t understand that he was talking about heaven because they didn’t believe in him so they could understand what he meant.

What this is talking about is there are going to be people who will find ways to say what you believe in is fake or wrong. Also you will talk to people who don’t understand who God is or where he came from. That’s just one of our challenges as a Christian and we need to be able to teach people about Him. And be able to stand up for what he tells us instead of what people will tell us. We will struggle but we need to be able to overcome. Every time we to something for God the devil is being crushed.

What this is about is how if you don’t believe in him you will not go to heaven. The Pharisees were confused about where he is going. They couldn’t understand because their heart wasn’t for God. This problem relates to our generation because they were mocking him and what he says. When we go to tell people about God they either are confused or will ignore what will happen if they don’t change their sinful ways and start following God with their hearts. So if and when we sin we need to be able to ask God for forgiveness. As you can see the Pharisees got made and threw stones at him, but it didn’t stop Him. So we need to be able to keep going even if people get angry with us.

in John8 Jesus is teaching in the temple and the Pharisees brought a women who was caught in the act of adultery. They asked Jesus what he thought about it. They said this to test him so they could have something to charge against him. This was testing Him because the Law of Moses says they should stone such a women, but the Roman law says that Jewish people couldn’t sentence people to death or execute people. That’s why when Jesus was hung on the cross they took him to Pilot a Roman official. Jesus told the people “who ever is perfect shall throw the first stone” and bent down and wrote on the ground. The people start felling guilty on the inside and left one by one. Then He was left alone with the woman and said to her has no one condemned you? No one she said. Neither have I go on and sin no more. Later he was talking to the Pharisees saying where I am going you can’t come. When he said this they thought he was going to kill himself. then they told him his testimony isn’t true. Then Jesus said I know where I come from and where I am going but you don’t know where I am going or where I come from. They didn’t understand that he was talking about heaven because they didn’t believe in him so they could understand what he meant.

What this is talking about is there are going to be people who will find ways to say what you believe in is fake or wrong. Also you will talk to people who don’t understand who God is or where he came from. That’s just one of our challenges as a Christian and we need to be able to teach people about Him. And be able to stand up for what he tells us instead of what people will tell us. We will struggle but we need to be able to overcome. Every time we to something for God the devil is being crushed.

What this is about is how if you don’t believe in him you will not go to heaven. The Pharisees were confused about where he is going. They couldn’t understand because their heart wasn’t for God. This problem relates to our generation because they were mocking him and what he says. When we go to tell people about God they either are confused or will ignore what will happen if they don’t change their sinful ways and start following God with their hearts. So if and when we sin we need to be able to ask God for forgiveness. As you can see the Pharisees got made and threw stones at him, but it didn’t stop Him. So we need to be able to keep going even if people get angry with us.

how to get to heaven

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Jesus went inside the temple and started teaching about how he was going to a place where they couldn’t come. That place he was talking about was heaven. The Pharisees said to him, you bear witness of yourself; your testimony isn’t true. Jesus answered them even if I bear witness about myself my testimony is true. He said for I know where I came from and where I am going, but you do not know where I am going or where I came from. You judge from the flesh but I judge no one. Yet when I do judge my judgment is true. I alone do not judge but my father who sent me. They asked him where his father is and he answered them saying you do not know me or my father.

What this is talking about is how if you don’t believe in Jesus and God you aren’t going to heaven. When He is saying “where I am going you cannot come, “ He meant unless you believe in Him you can’t follow Him to heaven. The only way to heaven is through Jesus Christ. No other religion can lead you to heaven.

John 8: Who’s Sin is Greater?

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Chapter 8 of the book of John picks up the morning after the events of chapter 7. Tensions are a bit high in the temple; the Pharisees are starting to get really annoyed with Jesus. Yet still in the morning time Jesus arises and goes into the temple to teach.

As he does this the scribes and Pharisees come to Him with a woman that they “caught committing adultery.” According to the law they she should have been stoned but they wanted to know what Jesus believed should happen? Would He simply dismiss the situation or would He uphold the Law of Moses?

What Jesus did took them all by surprise. All he did was bow down to the ground and begin to draw in the sand. He then stood up and said one sentence that so drastically changed the atmosphere at that moment…

He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.”

In one sentence Jesus turned the mirror of judgment around for those men. They were suddenly face to face with their own sin, their own lusts of the flesh. Scripture says in verse 9

Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even tot the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. Jesus then turned to the woman and after telling her that He also will not condemn her, that she should “go and sin no more.”

Here in this passage Jesus is not simply dismissing this woman of her sins. Rather He has forgiven her and said to sin no more. Essentially He was calling her to repent. Repentance being a complete turning away from the things you used to do. There is a false belief that you can say sorry for your sins and then you can walk away and just do whatever you want. Christ, however, clearly says SIN NO MORE.

Now there is a difference between a person who is living a daily life with God and walking through the struggles of sin and occasionally gives into the temptation but then gets back up and keep striving to overcome; and the person who blatantly sins. Person who blatantly sins just to sin is not truly walking in the forgiveness that God offers.

What’s also interesting about this passage is what He caused to happen in the hearts of those who were ready to stone this woman. When Jesus challenged them to look at themselves they were face to face with their own sin. No sin is great than another sin.

It is normal for man to try to justify his sin against another’s. Often they man will say “Well I know I drink but at least I’ve never killed anyone.” Comparing ourselves to others is how we make ourselves feel better. But in God’s eyes; all sin is sin. Drunkenness is the same as murder. Lying is the same as homosexuality. Not honoring your mother and father is the same as adultery.

All of the above are wrong in God’s sight, yet He is faithful to forgive those who truly repent of those sinful activities. He is faithful to help those who walk away from those things and strive to live a righteous and holy life.

 

john7

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Jesus has been teaching in the tabernacle about the scripture witch were taught to through school but he didn’t go a school so this made the people wander if he was really Christ. Some officers were sent to arrest him but none of them touched him not even the people in the crowds who didn’t believe him. This made people say that he was the prophet or that he was the Christ. Other people said he was neither. When the officers went back and their chief asked why they didn’t have him. They said, this man’s teachings are powerful and true.  Then they sent the Roman guards. Nicodemus came up and said that we shouldn’t judge a man before hearing what he does and why he does it.

What this is saying is there will be people who say what you’re doing for God is wrong and you just have to know that what you’re for Him is correct. There will be people like Nicodemus who be a none believer will change to a person who stands up for you.

Biblical Belief

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Picking our discussion on John chapter 7, I’ll be focusing on verses 37-39. It is the final day of the Feast of Sukkot (Tabernacles). Traditionally what happens is the priest bring out water (symbolic of the water supplied from the rock in Exodus 17) to the temple from the pool of Siloam in a golden pitcher. People would come up and recite Isaiah 12:3:

Therefore you will joyously draw water

From the springs of salvation. [1]

The water was then poured out on the alter as an offering to God, while the people shouted and sang.

It is during this time that Jesus looks to the crowd and says:

“If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ ” [2]

With all this going on, Jesus’ words bring a powerful meaning to the Jews. He essentially states that HE is the way of salvation. What he says in verse 38 has very interesting aspects to it when it comes to that salvation.

First off he says “He who believes in me, AS the Scripture has said…” That AS makes our salvation very interesting.  In today’s age we have many people who believe that going to church and being a generally good person makes you a person who qualifies for heaven. However, Christ says to believe in Him as the scriptures say to believe in Him.

Scripture clearly states that we must follow His commandments, live a Holy life. Now that does not mean we are to be perfect, but rather walking in grace. Walking in grace means that we strive to do what he has called us to do; when we mess up we repent (turn away from that sin) and keep going.  Keep living, keep serving.  You cannot simply do what you want.

The next aspect is what happens when you do believe in Him as scripture tells us to. He said “…out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” Meaning if you are truly living for the Lord, truly serving Him; then you r life will become a living testimony of who Christ is. People will turn to you seeing that you carry something different. That something is Life.


[1] New American Standard Bible : 1995 update. 1995 (Is 12:3). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.

[2] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. 2001 (Jn 7:37–38). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

john 7

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Hey everybody today I will be blogging about John 7. Jesus was hanging around Galilee because the feast of the booths (tabernacles) was at hand. The Jews in Judea, where his disciples were, wanted to kill Him. While in Galilee his brothers were mocking him and because he was hiding instead of doing miracles freely. Jesus said, “My time has not yet come.” After a while his brother left and He did too; but a little after them and not publicly. The Jews were looking for him and saying where is He?

The people were chatting among themselves asking if He was the Christ or not. Half way through the feast He went up and started teach in the synagogue, things that had to be taught to know and Jesus wasn’t taught this stuff. This made the people question if He was the Christ even more. They asked Him how He knew this and He said “my teachings come from the one who sent me.” This made the Jews crazy mad and He said, “I did one miracle and y’all want to kill me!” (paraphrase) That one miracle was the healing of the crippled man at the pool.

What this is saying is that when you’re going to be talking about Him there is going to be people who mock you. They will also try to put you down and look at you as if you were dead, but all you have to do is believe in him and you will be able to do amazing spiritual things.

Righteous Judgement

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Well it’s been a while but @LegendaryBMac and I are BACK! Picking up with John chapter 7!

I want to focus on Jesus’ words to the people when they accused him of having a demon in Him. They accuse Him of this after He drops some knowledge on them that was seemingly above His rabbinic training. He replies in verses 21 through 24 goes as follows:

 Jesus answered them, “I did one work, and you all marvel at it. Moses gave you circumcision (not that it is from Moses, but from the fathers), and you circumcise a man on the Sabbath. If on the Sabbath a man receives circumcision, so that the law of Moses may not be broken, are you angry with me because on the Sabbath I made a man’s whole body well? Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.”

The one work that Jesus speaks of was the healing of the man at the pool side back in chapter 5 (check our comments on that event here). The people were mad at Him still for healing on the Shabbat. So Jesus confronts them with the practice of circumcision on the Shabbat.

The purpose of circumcision for the Jews is to honor the covenant between God and His people. It was literally a sign of coming into right relationship with God. This was to be done on the 8th day of his life. However, another of the laws states that you could do no work on the Shabbat. Carrying tools for events such as circumcision was considered work.  A conflict arose when the subject of a boy’s 8th day falling on the Shabbat.

The Rabbis of the day concluded that it was ok to circumcise on the Shabbat. They said that this was conflicting with the Law of God because circumcision brings glory to the Lord. But what does this have to do with the healing of a man on the Shabbat?

For the Jews, for a man to be healed was a sign of coming into right relationship with the Lord. What Jesus points out to them is the simple fact that though doing the work of healing the man was considered work, because God is glorified through the healing of the man it is ok.

I how Dr. Fred D. Lynch III worded verse 24 in his book “The Script: A Hip-Hop Devotional Through the Book of John.”

In that I cram to understand how you stupor at minutiae, stop using religious illusions and draw the right conclusions.”

Meaning stop judging by surface level things and look to the heart of the issue! So often people will look at a ministry and be quick to judge it by surface level items. Now I’m not telling you that we should accept things that are overtly demonic against the word of God; however, we do not need to be quick to put a ministry or person down. Instead we should take time to see what the heart of what is happening really is.

Some have taken this scripture and twisted it to say that we shouldn’t judge. NOT TRUE. Rather we are called to “judge with righteous judgment.” We are called to look at each other and see if we measure up with the word of God. If a ministry does not then call them out, but be so quick to jump on them just because they’re style doesn’t match up with your theological opinion.