John 10:19-22 – 19 Dissension occurred again among the Jews because of these words. 20 Many of them were saying, “He has a demon and is insane. Why do you listen to Him?” 21 Others were saying, “These are not the words of one who is demon-possessed. A demon cannot open the eyes of those who are blind, can it?”
Jesus offended the Jews because He said that God was His Father and that His Father had given Him the authority to lay down His own life and to take it up again.
Yet, let us remember that not all Jews accused Him of being demon possessed and insane. Some heard, some saw, some listened, some came to Jesus and humbled themselves before Him. They became children of God, following God’s first born Son into Heaven. (John 1:12)
The Jews who persecuted Jesus, who had Him murdered, had another opportunity to humble themselves, admit their wrong, and follow Jesus. There were many witnesses of the resurrected Jesus. (1 Corinthians 15:3-8) All of the haters could have repented, the only deadline to not be forgiven is death. Paul, formerly Saul, the great persecutor of the believers, proved that Jesus saved, and saves, those who formerly hated and fought against Him. God indeed is so good.
Jesus offended the Jews because He said that God was His Father and that His Father had given Him the authority to lay down His own life and to take it up again. Then He proved it. He loved those who hated Him. Even, just before His death He asked the Father to forgive those who murdered Him as He prayed “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34) God so loved the world, Jesus so loved the world, the Holy Spirit so loved the world that every person has the opportunity to be forgiven and become children of God. Let’s do the work that Jesus commanded us to do and share the Gospel to all people, to share love of God with all people. (Matthew 28:18-20) In doing that we honor Him and we show that we indeed love Him, as we should.
Psalm 150:6 – Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!
Micah 7:7 – But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will Hear me.
Micah 6:8 – He has shown you, Oh man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you, but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.
Numbers 6:24-26 – The Lord bless you and keep you; 25 The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you; 26 The Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.This entry was posted in Devotion and tagged Acts, Corinthians, John, Luke, Matthew, Micah, Numbers, Psalm, Romans by Bob with