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John 8:12 The Light Of The World

John 8:12 The Light Of The World
John 8:12 MKJV   Then Jesus spoke again to them, saying, I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
Jesus has truly been the “light of the world” and everyone from Ghandi to Lincoln to Mother Teresa has walked by His light. No teacher other than Jesus is so highly regarded as worthy, and even Mohammed said that Jesus was the only perfect person who ever lived.
The teachings of Jesus are often lauded as a “high moral ethic” however they also constitute the pathway to eternal life! The words of Jesus are ‘spirit and are life”: John 6:63 MKJV   It is the Spirit that makes alive, the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit and are life.
Those that follow Jesus are not morally and spiritually ignorant, they do not walk “in darkness” and confusion about life, and they do not stumble in their walk with God but abide in a teaching that is certain and is true.
The teachings of…

John 8:1-11 The Woman Caught In Adultery

John 8:1-11 The Woman Caught In Adultery
John 8:1-11 MKJV   But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.  (2) And early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him. And He sat down and taught them.  (3) And the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman taken in adultery. And standing her in the midst,  (4) they said to Him, Teacher, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.  (5) Now Moses in the Law commanded us that such should be stoned. You, then, what do you say?  (6) They said this, tempting Him so that they might have reason to accuse Him. But bending down, Jesus wrote on the ground with His finger, not appearing to hear.  (7) But as they continued to ask Him, He lifted Himself up and said to them, He who is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone at her.  (8) And again bending down, He wrote on the ground.  (9) And hearing, and being convicted by conscience, they went out one by one, beginning at the oldest, until the last. And J…

John 7:45-53 The Contention About Christ

John 7:45-53 The Contention About Christ

John 7:45-53 MKJV   Then the officers came to the chief priests and Pharisees. And they said to them, why have you not brought him?  (46) The officers answered, never did any man speak, as does this Man.  (47) Then the Pharisees answered them, Also, have you not been deceived?  (48) Is it not true that not any of the rulers or of the Pharisees have believed into him?  (49) But this crowd, not knowing the Law, is cursed.  (50) Nicodemus said to them, (he who came to Jesus by night, being one of them),  (51) Does our law judge the Man before it hears Him and knows what He does?  (52) They answered and said to him, are you also from Galilee? Search the scriptures and see that a prophet has not been raised out of Galilee.  (53) And they each went to their own house.
The envious Pharisees have found their “theological point”: “He is from Galilee, the Christ is from Bethlehem, that settles it, for no prophet comes from Galilee”. They did not BOTHER to …

John 7:40-44 The Identity of Jesus

John 7:40-44 The Identity of Jesus

John 7:40-44 MKJVThen when they heard the Word, many of the people said, Truly this is the Prophet.  (41) Others said, “this is the Chris but others said, Does the Christ come out of Galilee?  (42) Has the Scripture not said that Christ comes from the seed of David and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?  (43) So a division occurred in the crowd because of Him.  (44) And some of them desired to seize Him, but no one laid hands on Him.
Two groups are found in the crowd – those that “heard the Word” (v 40) and cried out that He was the Prophet or the Christ (v. 40-41); and those who “judged the Word” by coming up with theological, quibbles about Jesus’ birthplace and dividing the crowd (v. 41-44).
The Jews knew that Jesus was someone of spiritual authority so they tried to find the appropriate spiritual category to place Him in – Elijah (the prophet), the Christ/Messiah, a madman with a demon (John 7:20), a presumptuous untaught Teacher (John 7:…

John 7:37-39 Rivers Of Living Water

John 7:37-39 Rivers Of Living Water
John 7:37-39 MKJVAnd in the last day of the great feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.  (38) He who believes on Me, as the Scripture has said, "Out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water."  (39) But He spoke this about the Spirit, which they who believed on Him should receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
What is the relationship between our innermost beings and God?
The innermost being is a place of wounds and alienation and neurosis and we are to struggle to fix up our innermost being so it can be made acceptable to God. The innermost being is a dream world where we receive messages from God, but God does not actually dwell there, He is “somewhere outside”.The innermost being is the mind and if we fill it with right knowledge we can know God.The innermost being is our emotions and our job is to have…

John 7:31-36 Then I Go To Him Who Sent Me

John 7:31-36 Then I Go To Him Who Sent Me

John 7:31-36 MKJVAnd many of the crowd believed on Him, and said, When the Christ comes, will He do more miracles than these which this One has done?  (32) The Pharisees heard that the crowd murmured such things concerning Him. And the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to seize Him.  (33) Then Jesus said to them, Yet a little while I am with you, and then I go to Him who sent Me.  (34) You shall seek Me and shall not find Me. And where I am, you cannot come.  (35) Then the Jews said among themselves, Where is he about to go that we shall not find him? Is he about to go to the Dispersion of the Greeks, and to teach the Greeks?  (36) What saying is this that He said, You shall seek Me and shall not find Me, and where I am, you cannot come?
It is interesting that the crowd saw Jesus mainly as a miracle-working spiritual teacher. Their two comments about Jesus are:
1)  ”When the Christ comes, will He do more miracles than these which this …

John 7:25-30 I Am From Him

John 7:25-30 I Am From Him
Jesus plainly says that He is from God, was sent by God and personally knows God. Jesus also points out that they did not have anything like the knowledge of God that He did with the referential phrase: “but He who sent Me is true, whom you do not know.” And on top of this Jesus says these things in a loud voice, in public, in the Temple, in front of the entire religious hierarchy and God-experts. (v.28)
This is a clear attack on the efficacy of the Jewish religion as it was practiced in Jesus day. Jesus is saying that the religious establishment did not really know the truth about God – but that He did!
This builds on what we saw yesterday that is that Jesus consistently interpreted the Sabbath as being “for man”, and for our wholeness and blessing in particular. In other words religious institution is there to serve the saint, not the saint to serve as mere labor for the religious institution.
For the Jews things were like so:  The Saint serves à the Religious…

John 7:19-24 Righteous Judgment

John 7:19-24 Righteous Judgment
John 7:19-24 MKJV   Did not Moses give you the Law? And yet not one of you keeps the Law! Why do you seek to kill Me?  (20) The crowd answered and said, You have a demon! Who seeks to kill you?  (21) Jesus answered and said to them, I have done one work, and you all marvel.  (22) Because of this Moses gave you circumcision (not because it is of Moses, but of the fathers,) and you circumcise a man on the Sabbath day.  (23) If a man receives circumcision on the Sabbath day so that the Law of Moses should not be broken, are you angry at Me because I have made a man entirely sound on the Sabbath day?  (24) Do not judge according to sight, but judge righteous judgment.
The Jews were proud of receiving the Law, and doubly proud of their mark of circumcision on the eighth day. In these verses Jesus plays one off the other to help deepen the Jews understanding of their faith.
Circumcision came from the patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) and was incorporated in…

John 6:64-71 The Things Behind

John 6:64-71 The Things Behind


John 6:64-71 MKJVBut there are some of you who do not believe. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who is the one betraying Him.  (65) And He said, Because of this I said to you that no one can come to Me unless it was given to him from My Father.  (66) From this time many of His disciples went back into the things behind, and walked no more with Him.  (67) Then Jesus said to the Twelve, Do you also wish to go away?  (68) Then Simon Peter answered Him, Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the Words of eternal life.  (69) And we have believed and have known that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.  (70) Jesus answered them, Have I not chosen you, the Twelve? And one of you is a devil?  (71) But he spoke of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon; for it was he who was about to betray Him, being one of the Twelve.
This is the point when many walk away from Jesus and go back to their former lives: “From this time many of…


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