KJB Daily Devotion – Following Jesus Through Every Chapter
Date: Sunday, October 23, 2016
Chapters: John 7-8
Message: Talking About Jesus
Hello My Friend,
The Bible is an authentic copy of the words of God transcribed by men He inspired through the Holy Spirit, not one word out of place, not one event missing, and not one person left out that He did not want to be in there. Of course, there are many men and women in history that can give an account for their testimonies of God, and Jesus for that matter, but they were simply not meant to be in the Word of God. Why? It is His Book, He will have what He wants in it. Besides, if everything was in it that He did, there would not be enough paper to even print one chapter of a book. The Bible is an amazing and powerful book, which is why it is taunted as just a myth and being pushed out of public places and even churches more than ever. “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” – Hebrews 4:12.
It was the feast of tabernacles (booths), many of the Jews would travel to Jerusalem to fellowship and enjoy the feast together. Jesus chose to stay behind because He knew once He got there His time to fulfill the prophecy of Him getting captured would come and it was not time for that. He stayed in Galilee, but was confronted by the very people He grew up with, they wanted him to show Himself to the all of people, prove to them that He is the Christ written in the Scriptures.
“Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready. The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil. Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast; for my time is not yet full come. When he had said these words unto them, he abode still in Galilee. But when his brethren were gone up, then went he also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret. Then the Jews sought him at the feast, and said, Where is he? And there was much murmuring among the people concerning him: for some said, He is a good man: others said, Nay; but he deceiveth the people. Howbeit no man spake openly of him for fear of the Jews.” – John 7:6-13.
“Howbeit no man spake openly of him for fear of the Jews.” They were amazed by His teaching of the Word of God, the Book of John is the first and only Book that separates Him from the Jews. There is always going to be someone in the crowd who does not believe in Jesus. While many can deny the fact that everything recorded in the Old Testament is true, they cannot deny that Jesus walked the earth, that alone is proof that the Bible is the truth. We cannot be afraid to let it be known that we believe in Jesus, and this is why we are in the state we are in today, too many Christians being afraid to openly admit they know Christ as their Saviour. “For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.” – Romans 10:11-12.
Now, that Jesus (who is the Word of God in the flesh) was teaching the Law, the Jews had a hard time believing that He was the one that all the Scriptures talked about, in fact, they did not want to hear anyone even agreeing with Him. Point in case, the last day of the feast Jesus began teaching in the temple, and just like any group of people who have just heard the Word of God, some believe, some question, and others down right refuse to believe. Many believed, but out of fear of the Pharisees they hid that belief and continued following their law.
“Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the Prophet. Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee? Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was? So there was a division among the people because of him. And some of them would have taken him; but no man laid hands on him. Then came the officers to the chief priests and Pharisees; and they said unto them, Why have ye not brought him? The officers answered, Never man spake like this man. Then answered them the Pharisees, Are ye also deceived?” – John 7:40-47.
“Are ye also deceived?” Do you see what they do here to get people to question the Bible? They certainly know what the Scriptures say, but twist things a little bit to make people question it’s authenticity. Of course, at this point they did not have the Scriptures relating to Christ being born in Bethlehem, so they could not see pass the fact that He grew up in Galilee and were quick to question those who believed in Him. It is those who think they are above the Law that have a problem with the Law. Let me tell you, no one is perfect, no one can say they have not done anything wrong in their lives, and those who refuse to admit that have a much bigger problem to deal with. Jesus went up to Mount Olives, as He was preaching the scribes and Pharisees brought a woman to Him they caught having an affair.
“And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” – John 8:3-11.
“Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” Most people who reject Christ do so because they do not want to admit the things they do are wrong. God hates sin so, naturally those who love sin hate God, but deep down, every person knows right from wrong, we do not need a Bible to tell us that some things are just not right, still, we choose them, therefore, those who choose sin will never see eye to eye with Jesus. God is forever merciful to all who come to Him, but those who think they are without sin and condemn others for theirs can be sure that God will not have mercy on them. “With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright;” – Psalm 18:25.
In the beginning, God had Moses interpret the Law, but even then they questioned it, likewise, with many of the priests and prophets God used. As Jesus continues speaking, Abraham came up, they could not get past the fact that Jesus measured Himself above Abraham, and He said something that drove a nail in their hearts.
“Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself? Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God: Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying. Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.” – John 8:53-59.
“it is my Father that honoureth me;” Giving glory to God is what it is all about, Jesus who is God, when He came down in the flesh did not give glory to Himself, He gave all the glory to God, in return God gave glory to Him. There is not one faithful Christian that God does not honor, while we are not save by our works they certainly matter to God after we are saved. Since God is a Spirit, feeding the flesh does not do anything for Him, but feeding the spirit does when we believe in Him and follow His truths. Of course, we are not always going to understand some of the things that God places before us, but by yielding to the spirit and putting our faith in His Word we can see that all things work together for God’s glory and our own good. “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.” – Romans 8:3-5.
Jesus Christ Magnified: “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.” – John 7:37.
Today’s Prayer: God, It’s amazing that all we have to do is look to Your Son and be free from not only the punishment of sin, but the bondage of it as well. While we can never be sin free we can be set free as we abide in Christ and let Him continue to do a great work in us. Lord, lead us and guide us, give us Your power to stand by our faith and overcome all who try to discredit us and mock us for standing my Your truths. Put your head of protection upon us, and let all those who bully us see the error of their ways. Let our faithfulness be a witness they may need to believe in and accept Your Son too. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
God Bless You, I am praying for you,
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