Posts tagged John
Facing the Cross - by Jeff Byerley

In verses 35-36 Jesus is indicating that his light has been shown by his words and actions on earth.  We are to make the most of his light for our lives.  If we neglect it and lose our way, we will stubble about in the darkness.  It is a familiar theme throughout his ministry (Cf. John 11:9-10).  But these people had rejected Jesus' light.  It was fitting therefore that Jesus departed and was hid from them.

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Anointing and Triumphant Entry - by Jeff Byerley

Jesus came to the home of Martha, Mary & Lazarus at Bethany.
Bethany was one of the authorized towns that numerous Passover pilgrims could stay at.
We were struck by the loving welcome given to Jesus by this family.
Martha served, Lazarus gave table fellowship and Mary anointed Jesus' feet with very expensive perfume.
The thief and later betrayer, Judas Iscariot, did not give a loving response.
Jesus defended Mary as the anointing was a fitting gesture for his burial.
Jesus made the point that we always will have the poor but not his physical presence.
This is an extra inspiration for us to help the poor .

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In His Hands - by Jeff Byerley

Jesus was challenged by the Jews to declare who he was. Jesus replied that he had already stated this, but they did not recognize his voice because they were not his sheep (v.26), a terrible eternal indictment of them.  Then Jesus makes the following declarations about himself and his Father:

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Will the blind see? - by Jeff Byerley

What a brave soul the blind man was to stand up to the corrupt Pharisees, knowing that he would in all likeliness, be “cast out”.  That is he was excommunicated from the synagogue and society.  Yet his eyes were opened both physically and spiritually, unlike the Pharisees, who chose to remain blind to Jesus and his teaching.  Moreover, although uneducated and untrained, he was alert to the basics of true religion and this infuriated the Pharisees.  He is a great example for us to follow.  He opens our eyes that we can all testify to the truth of Jesus in our own words.

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Jesus & Abraham - by Jeff Byerley

Jesus stated v.56 that "Abraham rejoiced that he was to see my day".
Some see this in Gen. 12:3; 15:8-21; 22:1-19.
But really it is enough that Jesus states this.
The Jews dispute that Jesus is greater than Abraham.
Then Jesus declares "before Abraham was I AM".
The Jews attempted to stone Jesus but he hid himself and went out of the Temple.

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Heaven to Earth - by Jeff Byerley

The people knew that the authorities intended to kill Jesus. Earlier they declared him to be demon-possessed for expressing such thoughts! The Messiah was identifying himself as Saviour, yet the people refused to be saved. The opposition attempted to arrest Jesus. But their plans failed as his time had not yet come. The religious leaders were breaking the very laws they professed to uphold

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Testimonies to Jesus - by Jeff Byerley

Jesus was attacked by the religious leaders for healing on the Sabbath. Then he was attacked for claiming to be the Son of God. Jesus explained his relationship with his Father. Jesus declared that he would judge the dead whom he would raise.But his (and our) work meanwhile is also to Wake the Dead (the spiritually dead).

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