John 21:20 The Remarkable Human Trait of Deflection

John 21:20 (KJV)
Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee?

Jesus had just told Peter, “Follow me.” The very next words in the Word of God is “Then Peter, turning about…”

Peter demonstrates the remarkable human trait of deflection. Perhaps, if Jesus’ attention could be placed upon another, the other would be responsible to feed His sheep, give His life and follow the Lord.

The lesson is a difficult one because we are such “sheep like creatures.”[1] We do best in a flock. We feel safest hidden in a bunch of others who look and do just as we.

Truth be told, John’s course wasn’t that much different than Peter’s. It wasn’t the same, but it wasn’t that much different. They were both still in the Lord’s flock, and they would both feed God’s sheep. The point was that each man was to follow Jesus.

We belong in a flock, a body. But we must not try to hide from Jesus within that body. We should all look to the Lord and follow Him, leaving it up to the Lord how He will lead us, and leave it alone how He leads another.


[1] And most of us don’t really like it.

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John 21:20 The Remarkable Human Trait of Deflection

John 20:9 Have You Read the Words of This Book?

John 20:9 (KJV)
For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.

Consider the characters of this chapter

  • Mary Magdalene
  • Peter
  • John
  • The assembled disciples (excluding Thomas)
  • The assembled disciples (including Thomas)

These were the closest people to the Lord. These were the ones the Gospels speak of as loving the Lord, having heard all His messages. This was a woman whose love for the Lord had her at His sepulcher before daylight the first day of the week (the first day she could be there after the Passover week). These were the people who had personal extended conversations with Jesus about His, death, and resurrection.

And yet this chapter has verses such as:
John 20:2 (KJV)
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.

John 20:9 (KJV)
For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.

John 20:13-14 (KJV)
And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.
And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.

John 20:24-25 (KJV)
But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.
The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.

We are wise to be humble about our understanding of the Word of God.
John 20:9 (KJV)
For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.

We have reason to be faithful to the house of God
John 20:24-25 (KJV)
But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.
The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.

We may rejoice that the Lord is not satisfied to leave us lingering in questions

  • John believed when he saw the empty tomb
  • Vs 8
  • Mary believed when she spoke with Jesus at the tomb
  • Vs 16
  • The disciples believed when the saw His hands and His side
  • Vs 20
  • Thomas believed when Jesus appeared for his benefit
  • Vs 28

We may believe because we have read the words of this book
John 20:30-31 (KJV)
And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:
But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

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John 20:9 Have You Read the Words of This Book?

John 19:19-22 Be Unbending About the Bible

John 19:19-22 (KJV)
And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.
This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin.
Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews.
Pilate answered, What I have written I have written.

I have always found this passage to be a microcosm of God does in His Word.

There was a declaration from an authority
Pilate ordered that it be written above the cross, JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS. All at the crucifixion were inclined to read what is the absolute truth. Jesus of Nazareth is, indeed, the King of the Jews.

That Pilate would be questioned whether God would speak through him is a parallel to those who question God’s use of Daniel, for instance, whom many say could not have written the prophecies he did. God can speak through the mouth of an ass or a heathen such as Nebuchadnezzar. In this instance, he chose to use Pilate.

There was an attempt to alter the declaration
Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews. Every version of the Bible, other than the King James Version, attempts subtle but significant changes, especially concerning the deity and person of Christ.

The was an utter refusal to bend on the Word
Though Pilate was “backed in a corner” concerning the crucifixion – the Jews had put him in a place he could hardly refuse their insistence of His death, he would not bend on his message.[1]

I would suggest that, if the message of Christ is softened, then the cross of Christ is rendered useless. To tell the story of Christ, but to tell it tempered tones, is to tell it as a lie. I think we are seeing today, at least in part, the fruit of professing Christians, coming service after service, or devotion after devotion and reading from a so-called Bible with a softened message.

Christians ought to be gracious but must be unbending about the Bible.


[1] If the salvation of souls was to be effected, the crucifixion of Jesus was a must. But God is unwilling to yield on His message.

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John 19:19-22 Be Unbending About the Bible

John 16:3 Believers Forgive Offenders

John 16:3 (KJV)
And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.

Take note of this, many of those who criticize, abuse, and even kill Christians will believe they serve God in the doing of it.

  • They will be sincere
  • They will be passionate
  • They will be zealous

But they will be wrong.

Jesus said these words to His followers that they would not be offended by this abuse. I’m thinking of the words of both Jesus and Stephen, “they know not what they do.”

Two significant lessons here:
The abusers do not know the Lord.
Regardless of their beliefs. No matter what they profess, they do not know the Lord. They think they do. They believe they are serving the Lord. But their violence proves otherwise.

Believers forgive their offenders
It is a key evidence of genuine faith. The violent were never true followers. Genuine followers follow Christ in forgiveness.

Don’t blame the Lord, don’t blame the Christian faith for the history of violence that appears to be in the name of Christ. That was and always has been a mark of false profession.

To find genuine faith, find those who were persecuted by professing believers and never lifted a hand back.

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John 16:3 Believers Forgive Offenders

John 15:18 Why The World Hates Christians

John 15:18 (KJV)
If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.

Why the (unbelieving) world seems to hate Christians, and what to do about it.

There seems to be an ever-increasing amount of chatter these days about the hatred of the non-Christian world against Christians. That world, of course, counters that the hatred comes from the Christians’ side more than from them toward us.

It seems fair to admit that, given the history of Christendom, Catholics and Protestants were hateful against any unlike them. Think Crusades and Witch Trials. Something that is often unknown is that much of this hatred was pointed toward other believers in Christ, namely Baptists and Anabaptists. I like to remind people that not all professing Christians in those days were hateful. Baptists and Anabaptists have a long history of loving, helping, and befriending those of unlike faith.

Nevertheless, the hatred toward Christians of any faith does seem to be growing. Why?

I would propose the following:

Because they do not distinguish between Christians and professing Christians
A bible-believing Christian is not hateful.

Because Protestant Christianity has led them to believe Christians want to govern the world with their rules
This is not true of biblical Christianity. We merely want to worship God according to the dictates of our conscience and to preach the saving gospel to the unsaved. Should the unsaved reject it, we understand our job is to move on to another.

Because Satan has placed a spirit of hatred against Christ in this world
I believe the Bible. This is what Jesus said would happen.

This hatred is as old as Cain’s murder of his brother. It should not be thought we will somehow resolve it.

So, what do we do? It’s just this simple:

Love souls.
Love them enough to pray for them. Love them enough to be friends with them.  Love them enough to witness to them. Love them enough to allow them their own conscience.

Love Christ
Love Him enough to follow Him. Love Him enough never to compromise His word. Love Him enough to love those He loves.

Love church
We ought to love Christians as a whole, but we should love Christians more specifically as they are united in the church to which we belong. These are the believers most like us in faith and practice. These are the believers most equipped to support us and strengthen us. These are the Christians most able to see when we need to be pulled away from the world and toward the Lord. These are the Christians we should trust to do that work.

We will not resolve the enmity between the Lord and the world. We must not attempt it. What we may do is to be faithful to our convictions, be forthright in our message, and be forgiving of those with whom we disagree.

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John 15:18 Why The World Hates Christians

John 14:22-23 Seeing Whom Others Can’t

John 14:22-23 (KJV)
Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?
Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

The disciple’s question is a legitimate one and one we must address frequently. “Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?” We face this constant conflict with the world because we can see Jesus, He has manifested Himself to us, but they cannot.

How does He show Himself to us and not to the world?

There is the peace that He gives.
It makes us unique because there should not be this peace in conflict, yet God gives it. Those of the world cannot understand that.

There is the Comforter
He dwells within us and witnesses to our spirit. But, though we can tell people we have that, we cannot prove it to them.

The focus of my thought just now is the Word of God
Christ manifests Himself to us through the Bible. We see Him. We hear Him. We find directions from Him in the Bible. For us, the Bible is not an ancient Book written thousands of years ago. It is a new book written for us and our time and circumstances. Christ is alive. He is not dead but resurrected. He speaks to us. He manifests Himself to us every time we come to Him through the Bible.

Only the child of God gets that.

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John 14:22-23 Seeing Whom Others Can’t

John 12:47-48 We Must Warn You

John 12:47-48 (KJV)
And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

We find here: 

  • What is a Baptist conviction
  • What has not been the practice of other faiths and
  • What is a constant struggle to maintain personally

It is the doctrine of individual soul liberty 
We are not to judge those who reject the truth of God’s Word.

Consider the history of pagan religion, Catholicism, and then the Protestants. Theirs is a history of intolerance of any who would practice in ways other than theirs. Baptists have been the target of much of their persecution.

  • Baptists did not attend their services
  • Baptists would not accept their baptism

The thing that made them the angriest is that

  • Baptists would not be silent with the gospel.

Some, Martin Luther, for instance, would have been content to leave the Baptists alone if only the Baptists would be content to keep their faith to themselves. However, Baptists could not be silent about what they believed to be Bible truth. Preaching the Word of God to someone who does not believe the Word of God is not equal to judging them.

Baptists[1] accept that those who receive the Word of God have the right not to believe it without our condemnation of them.

There is a caveat.
Though we must not judge those who do not believe, the Bible says they will be judged.

Oh, you, who refuse to believe us.
We long to love you and remain friends with you. But we must warn you; you are not free from judgment. There is one who is Judge.

  • Before Him you will stand
  • Before Him you will kneel and
  • Before Him you will one day confess that Jesus Christ is Lord

[1] Though I admit many Baptists struggle with this doctrine today. I believe that is because we have too much Protestantism mixed into our churches.

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John 12:47-48 We Must Warn You

John 11:19 The Presence of Christ Divides

John 11:19 (KJV)
And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.

Jesus’s disciples were confused why Jesus did not rush to the side of Mary and Martha after he had heard of Lazarus. The thing is, others would be coming too. Mary and Martha, being from Bethany, near Jerusalem, were Jews by heritage. Their family and all of their associates were Jews. But they happened to be followers of Christ. Jesus would offer Mary and Martha more comfort, hope, and help than all the Jews combined. When He came, both Martha and Mary left the company of the Jews to see Him. The Jews wept with the ladies. Jesus spoke preached to them. The Jews who had come to comfort Mary and Martha at the death of Lazarus would soon seek to see Lazarus dead.

Christ said of Himself that He came not to bring peace but a sword. The presence of Christ divides between people who either believe or do not.

Some these days think then that Christ is the problem. But those who think this are always those who do not believe He is who He said He is, and therefore do not acknowledge that the stakes are as great as He said they are.

Eternal life – We would long that all should possess it. But we must not overlook it just because some deny it.

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John 11:19 The Presence of Christ Divides

John 10:6 Have You Heard the Voice of Jesus?

John 10:6 (KJV)
This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.

One should not miss the irony of the passage. Jesus had just said that strangers would not follow because they do not know the shepherd’s voice. “But they understood not….”

He explained himself more thoroughly and plainly, but the Pharisees, for the most part, never got it. (Excluding probably Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea.)

One of those things Christians must be so cautious of is allowing ourselves to grow frustrated that “strangers” do not recognize the voice of the Lord. There may be some who follow along with the flock. Some may try to get the benefits without the faith, but only those who know the shepherd, Jesus, recognize His voice and follow Him.

We can explain and should explain our faith’s position as clearly as possible. But we must not grow disillusioned, discouraged, or downtrodden when the stranger does not get it.

They can do no other; they’ve not heard the same voice we have.

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John 10:6 Have You Heard the Voice of Jesus?

John 9:2-3 Rightly Dividing the Word of God?

John 9:2-3 (KJV)
And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

I had another occasion to consider the importance of reading and interpreting the Bible normally. Most disagreements among believers and all the doctrines of heretics result from differing practices of interpretation.

A pastor, whom I know to be sincere, honest, and passionate about the truth, used the book of James’s book to illustrate the necessity of interpreting the Bible literally. Since the book of James says it is written to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, he takes that now to mean that the book of James is not for New Testament Christians. He called on Christians to leave the church they are members of if the pastor teaches anything else. Listen, I agree that the primary audience is “the twelve tribes.” My question is exactly who they are, and is it appropriate to isolate this to only Jews, or as others have said, only Jews in the Tribulation Period? Is there no application to Christians today? To take the book of James away from Christians through a pretense of “rightly dividing, that is foolish. 

2 Timothy 3:16 (KJV)
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

In our text, we know that this man and his parents had sinned because we have considered all scripture. The question they asked was not meant as generally of all and any sin, but what specific sin had he or his parents done that he should have been born blind. Jesus answered very specifically, “Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents.” A strictly literal interpretation would indicate that Jesus HIMSELF declared this man and his parents sinless. But a normal interpretation understands that Jesus did not mean he nor his parents had committed a sin that led God to leave him blind.

We interpret the Bible normally, not strictly literally.

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John 9:2-3 Rightly Dividing the Word of God?