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The Road To Resurrection: Short Sighted

The Road To Resurrection: Short Sighted

John 8:48-59

I broke my glasses last week, and took the opportunity to get a new eye exam. I now have a new eyeglass prescription – takes some getting used to!

The Spiritually Short-sighted Can’t

Keep The Whole Picture In Focus ~ John 8:48-53
(they can see the Big E, but not the fine print)

  • 48 follow up from last week: they can’t even concede that they DON’T serve God; instead they flip the idea (Samaritan=ungodly mish-mash of pagan/Caananite and old Jewish teaching)
  • 49/51 The RESULT of Actual Truth: Eternal Life
  • 52 short-sighted: Jews only focused on physical reality, when Jesus has been talking about spiritual reality the whole time

=> extension cord example: the END isn’t the point – the LENGTH is!

  • 53 Remember this question: it’s the setup for the entire Gospel truth!

See The Crucial Details ~ John 8:54-59
(focus on the unimportant and miss the rest)

  • 54/5 notice: Jesus does what He asks US to do: Keep God’s Word (cf. v51)
  • 56 cf Gen 12:3; “he saw it and was glad” =Jesus KNEW Abraham’s inner state
  • 57 again, His detractors are short-sighted, only focusing on their life of flesh
  • 58 Jesus’ use of “I am” is a direct reference to Exodus 3, when Moses asked God’s name, and God replied with “I AM WHOM I AM”
  • 59 The Jews KNOW what Jesus meant, and thought it was blasphemy – and deserving of death. IT’S NOT BLASPHEMY BECAUSE IT IS TRUE

Just like the crowd waving the Palm Branches, we can look at Jesus with a distorted viewpoint (like a pair of glasses with the wrong prescription). If we want to understand Jesus, we have to take a longer look…

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The Road To Resurrection: Ancestry Test

The Road To Resurrection: Ancestry Test

John 8:31-47

I was raised to believe I was part Native American. I used a DNA testing service, and the results of my ancestry test showed otherwise. I had lived my whole life thinking I belonged to a group when the truth showed me something different…

The Difference Between Believing and Knowing

Actual Truth Sets Us Free ~ John 8:31-38
(not unfounded personal belief)

  • 31 speaking to those who believe He’s Messiah, but they don’t yet understand what that MEANS
  • 32 John puts in a pun: logos/word and logos/God; Jesus IS the truth and HE sets us free (not knowledge)
  • 33/37 those who have a different understanding of Messiah miss what He’s saying; He didn’t come to set them free militarily (which is what they thought), but spiritually free from sin
  • 38 with these words, Jesus makes a distinction between belonging to God and belonging to Satan

Actual Lineage Sets Our Path ~ John 8:39-47
(not pretending to be something we’re not)

  • 39/41 Some can belong to Satan and not even know it!
  • 42/46 Defining marks of belonging to the devil: 1) don’t love Jesus; 2) unable to hear Jesus’ word clearly; 3) want to put themselves first over God
  • 47 EMPHASIZE: God chooses whom He will to bring into His family

(cf. Ephesians 1:5: He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will–)

If you belong to God, you’ll want to understand more and more about Jesus; If you DON’T – what does that mean for you?

The Road To Resurrection: Testimony of Two

The Road To Resurrection: Testimony of Two

John 8:12-20

A man decided to leave the wife of his youth; my pastor confronted him, and warned him of the consequences of his sin. Instead of repenting, the man decided that he was wiling to pay the cost of a broken marriage and shattered relationships with his children for his affair. The man couldn’t stand being told the truth, and he left the church… and his family.

Why Is Jesus Rejected?

Some Can’t Stand The Truth ~ John 8:12-16

  • 12 Jesus is the SOURCE of the Light of the World; we reflect Him
  • 13 Pharisees reject truth because of a Rabbinical technical rule (not Torah)
  • 14 Jesus’ answer is also technical: He’s testifying about what He KNOWS because of where He’s BEEN – this is a valid point for Pharisees
  • 15/16 Second technical point: Jesus is testifying on behalf of the Father: He’s passing along God’s message (like a prophet would)

Some Won’t Come To The Truth ~ John 8:17-20

  • 17 (cf Num.35) Jesus knows the content of the Law (what they’re trying to use to shut Him up)
  • 18 His rabbinical answer: two witnesses ARE involved – Jesus & Father
  • 19 they ask because they want to assume Jesus’ earthly father (possibly calling Jesus paternity into question) They’re being deliberately dense here; Jesus calls them on it (you don’t know the Father)
  • 20 These are fighting words BUT NO ONE SEIZED HIM… YET

Make no mistake: Jesus knew the world preferred darkness to His light; nevertheless, He came to light our way with His presence. Some will simply refuse to see the light no matter how brightly it shines. Shine it anyway!

The Road To Resurrection: Contains Potholes

The Road To Resurrection: Contains Potholes

John 7:40-52

Have you heard about Domino’s Pizza “Paving For Pizza” advertising campaign? It’s gaining mindshare by fixing potholes in towns all across America. Is this a good or bad idea? Depends on your point of view, and how much you like pizza…

Problems With Potholes During Our Journey Of Faith

Thrown By A Wrong Theory ~ John 7:40-44
(we can’t rely on mere human knowledge)

  • 40 cf. Deut 18.15-18; Jesus’ reference to speaking from God would certainly call this prophecy to mind {some rely on tradition about Jesus}
  • 41/42 Messiah comes from Bethlehem (Micah 5:2); they thought Jesus was BORN in Galilee since He lived there {some rely upon hearsay about Him}
  • 43 they made up their minds on PART of the story; we still do this today! {without the whole story, they’re stuck}
  • 44 the crowd couldn’t decide who He was… so they couldn’t decide what to do. THIS is true today, too!

Stuck With A Wrong Source ~ John 7:45-52
(we can’t rely on sheer human power)

  • 45/48 POWER frustrated when they can’t control Jesus for their own ends
  • 49 POWER dismissive of those who DO follow Christ
  • 50/51 notice SOME in power still investigate Jesus (but it’s rare)
  • 52 POWER gets stuck in hearsay too!

We must NOT assume that a life with Jesus is going to be a life without difficulty. Our Road to Resurrection Contains Potholes – how we DEAL with these difficulties shows what we really believe about God.

The Road To Resurrection: A Fountain of Faith

The Road To Resurrection: A Fountain of Faith

John 7:14-24, 37-39

How does Jesus challenge the crowd as He starts His journey to the cross? His words to those watching witnesses can still affect how WE are challenged 2000 years later…

How Can Faith Flow?

Weigh the Word ~ John 7:14-18

  • 14/15 people LISTENED to Jesus, and wondered
  • 16/17 Jesus’ teaching is from God
  • 18 how to tell? Ask “who benefits”?

Search the Word ~ John 7:19-24

  • 19/20 Israel considered themselves “godly”, but were ready to kill Jesus when He went against what they THOUGHT the Law said (cf. 5:18)
  • 21/23 consider the actual content of Scripture
  • 24 Ask “Is This ALL of the Word”?

Believe the Word ~ John 7:37-39

  • 37 Jesus still extends this invitation TODAY
  • 38 cf. Ezekiel 47/Rev. 22: Living Water
  • 39 HOW TO KNOW YOU’RE SAVED: the Spirit makes us yield fruit that helps others

Consider the kid’s song: “River of Life” – makes the lame to walk (us) and the blind to see (us) opens prison doors, sets the captives free (us) We’ve been set free… to set others free!

The Road To Resurrection: Tabernacles and Time Tables

The Road To Resurrection: Tabernacles and Time Tables

John 7:1-13

You’ve heard of the old saying, “You learn something new every day”? But what if you’re not paying attention? Can you be lost in everyday life, and unaware of what’s actually going on? The Bible certainly shows that’s true…

What Lenten Lessons Can We Learn?

Track The Right Time ~ John 7:1-9

  • 1 “this” – feeding 5000, “I am bread of life”; Jesus had called for radical commitment to Him – accept Him to live forever, or reject Him
  • 2/5 His half-brothers don’t believe He’s Messiah; they just want Him gone. At this point, they’ve rejected Him
  • 6 Jesus knows He’s got a kairos moment coming; not so for the brothers
  • 7 Jesus’ own brothers are part of the world system (at this point; at least 2 of Jesus’ brothers become His followers after His death)
  • 8/9 “right time”=completed intended moment; how do you know when a baby will be born? When it arrives! Jesus was waiting for His just-in-time moment to show Himself as Messiah

Recognize The Right Role ~ John 7:10-13

  • 10 Jesus observes the Feast, but doesn’t make a show of it
  • 11 Why watch for Jesus? They’re more interested in being entertained than being challenged. Is it so different today? How do people react when challenged to accept Christ on HIS terms?
  • 12 the world doesn’t know what to make of Jesus; they like some of His teachings, but to surrender their lives to Him is often too much
  • 13 fear of displeasing the powerful; do we struggle with this?

It’s tough to tell the truth about God to those who aren’t interested, or even worse, are opposed to it — ESPECIALLY those who already think they know what God is all about. In this narrative, Jesus models for us reliance upon God’s timing: we prepare ourselves for our mission, so when God says NOW, we’re ready.


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