John 8:36 For Real? Free Indeed

 

What constitutes disciples indeed

John 8:31 (KJV)
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

This world is filled with people who profess to be Christians but who fall short of the Biblical definition of the disciple of Jesus Christ.

Real freedom is
A FREEDOM BASED ON TRUTH AND NOT RELIGION

People:

  • Join churches
  • Do religious deeds
  • Sacrifice time and resources and
  • Keep the Ten Commandments

All in hopes that doing these things will get them a place in eternal life with the Lord.

 

Real freedom is
A FREEDOM THAT CHANGES SERVICE

No Christian has to serve sin.

 

Real freedom is
A FREEDOM THAT LASTS FOREVER

If you belong to Jesus Christ – if He has made you free – you will never perish.

Not ever.

For no reason.

 

John 8:36 For Real? Free Indeed

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John 11:41-43 All Things Are Possible

Episode #41

Behold the power and authority of Jesus Christ. Lazarus, a man who had been four days dead, heard the voice of Jesus, resurrected to life and came forth out of the grave.

But before He called Lazarus from the grave He spoke with His Father. It wasn’t that he had to ask for the power. It wasn’t that he asked His Heavenly Father to resurrect Lazarus. Jesus could, would and did do that. He spoke to His father to thank Him and to acknowledge Him.

We shouldn’t only pray when we need something. We ought to pray just to speak with God, to acknowledge Him in all things and to thank Him for everything.

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John 9:8-10 It Is A Big Deal

Episode #36

What a big deal was made of what Jesus did.

Nothing much has changed these two thousand years. Some people still find great benefit in Christ. Some find hope in the work of Christ in others. However some are threatened by Christ’s work, some see it as superstition and some believe it to be of the devil.

Those of us who have been helped by faith in Christ simply enjoy what God has accomplished in us.

 

 

 

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John 21:21-22 How will he die?

John 21:21-22 (KJV)
Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do?
Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.

This is so typical of human nature. The conversation Peter had with Jesus was intense, pointed and convicting. What better way would there have been to change the subject than to talk about someone else? Peter turned to John and asked, “What about this man?”

In this case the question was “How will he die?” But it could have been all sorts of things;

  • How much money will he make?
  • Where will he have to live?
  • What kind of job will he have?
  • How bad will he suffer in life?
  • What sins will he need to confess?

Jesus’ response is fundamental Christianity, “What is that to thee? Follow thou me.”

Our concern for others ought to only be that we love them, attempt to minister to them and seek to see them saved. Other than that it’s between them and the Lord. All we need to do is follow the Lord.

 

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John 21:21-22 How will he die?

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John 20:1-6 A Sanctified Version of Self

John 20:1-6 (KJV)
The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.
Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.
Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre.
So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre.
And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in.
Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie,

One of the commentaries says that the details of this passage bears, “the air of artless truth.” Perhaps we would all do well to be less artful in telling the truth. Sometimes we are so artful with the truth we risk it no longer being truth.

We have three characters:

Mary Magdalene
She was at the grave while it was still dark and the stone was already rolled away. The Bible does not say she looked into the grave but that she knew Jesus was not there.

John
The younger of the two men, John outran Peter to the grave but stopped short of entering he stooped down to see the empty grave.

Peter
While John outran him, he was first into the sepulcher. Whether it was brashness or boldness is debated by the scholars. I think its just personality. None of us are the same. John did enter the sepulcher so it wasn’t that it was wrong to do. Some of us approach others less aggressively. One is not better than the other. Each has its place and its benefit.

No one need be more like Peter or more like John. We need only be a sanctified version of the person God created us to be.

 

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John 20:1-6 A Sanctified Version of Self

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John 19:12 Can Caesar Be Friend To Christ?

John 19:12 (KJV)
And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar’s friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar.

This is false and unfounded accusation. It is based on errant assumptions concerning Christianity. The Christian is a friend of authority. He is instructed throughout the Bible to submit to authorities, to pray for them and to support them in every way possible.

The Christian desires peace. He longs for truth to prevail, for right to triumph and evil to be defeated. The Christian sees the Kingdoms of this world as instruments in the hands of his God. He views himself as an ambassador of good, representing his home.

Those who make these accusations do so from both misunderstanding and prejudice. They don’t like our king.

  • From those who opposed the rebuilding of Jerusalem after the Babylonian captivity
  • To those who will stand against Jesus in the battle of Armageddon,

the issue is the same, they are His enemy because they have chosen to be.

The question isn’t whether we are Caesar’s friends. The question that should be asked is if Caesar could be the friend of Christ.

 

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John 19:12 Can Caesar Be Friend To Christ?

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John 17:1 Jesus Prayed

John 17:1 (KJV)
These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:

We tend to think of prayer as making requests. While that is surely a part of what it means to pray, it must not be all that is prayer. In this prayer of Jesus’ only a small portion of it is actually asking:

He prayed to be glorified
vs 1, 5
And that so he might glorify the Father

He prayed God would keep those He had given Christ
vs 11,

He prayed that they would be one
vs 11, 21-22

He prayed God would keep those same from the evil
vs 15

He prayed that they be sanctified
vs 17

He prayed that they be with Him
vs 24

Much of this prayer is not request but His reason for the request. He made these requests based on His own work or their particular circumstances or His personal will.

 

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John 17:1 Jesus Prayed

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John 16:1 To Avoid Being Offended

John 16:1 (KJV)
These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.

The Greek word for offended here is where we get our word scandalized. Other definitions would be entrapped or tripped up. It is impossible in this world but that offenses will come but we don’t have to be offended.

Steps to avoid being offended include:

Being Pre-warned
Vs 1-3

Being with Jesus
Vs 3

Being convicted of the Spirit
Vs 7-11

Being taught and comforted by the Spirit
Vs 12-15

Being mindful of Christ’s return
Vs 16-21

Being prayerful
Vs 22-24

Being assured of the Father’s love
Vs 25-28

 

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John 13:1 Classic Love

John 13:1(KJV)
Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.

“…He loved them unto the end.”

My mind conjured the word “classic” in relationship to this phrase.

Consider what the Bible says concerning God’s love:

  • God so loved the world
  • God commended his love while we were yet sinners
  • He first loved us
  • Behold what manner of love

And here, he loved them unto the end.

God loves us all, loves us immeasurably, loves us unconditionally, loves us sacrificially and loves us enduringly.

Classic love.

 

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John 13:1 Classic Love

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John 12:27 Pray Away Troubles?

John 12:27 (KJV)
Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.

Jesus did not shirk from the course He came to fulfill. Though His soul was troubled; though His course would be painful, agonizing and humiliating, He stayed true.

  • He could have prayed to be saved
  • He could have called the angels to deliver Him
  • He could have simply spoken it to stop

But what good would that have done? His cause was just. His purpose was necessary. No good thing could have happened if He had called it off.

I wonder how often we ask the Lord to call off His purpose in our lives when we discover it will be painful or troubling? We can’t simply speak ourselves out of trouble but we sure can pray it away. What if the thing we avoid is the very cause by which God would be glorified in us? Perhaps we are too quick to pray away troubles and difficulties. Perhaps more care should be taken that we learn whether this trouble is intended by God to honor the Lord.

 

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John 12:27 Pray Away Troubles?

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