John 8:41 You Do What Your Father Taught You

John 8:41 (KJV)
Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.

I understand the context. The Jews claimed God was their Father. Jesus contended that their deeds, their actions revealed that they had a different Father. They would have recognized Jesus as the Saviour if God had been their Father. They would have followed the Lord Jesus. They would have turned to Him in repentance if God had been their Father. As it was, they denied Jesus was the Messiah of God, oppressed those who followed Jesus, and sought to kill Jesus. These were the deeds of their true father, the devil.

I’m thinking about the importance of the father in the home. We live in a society today where violence is on the rise. Drug use is out of control. Gangs dominate the urban (and many suburban) neighborhoods, and homelessness pervades every major population center. Politicians and sociologists are at a loss to solve the problems. Humanitarians and philanthropists want to throw money at the problem.

But the issue will not be resolved until we return to a solid family unit—a man and a woman; a dad and a mother, raising their children together.

Kids who grow up with their fathers will most likely do as their fathers taught them.

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John 8:41 You Do What Your Father Taught You

John 7:20 The Failure of Human Interactions

John 7:20 (KJV)
The people answered and said, Thou hast a devil: who goeth about to kill thee?

Jesus is the perfect example to demonstrate the failure of human interactions because, in His case, there is no failing. If the interaction falls apart, if the communication breaks down, it is on the other party’s part and not on Christ.

Jesus had said that some wished for His death. The Bible says “the people” accused Him of having a devil. Maybe today they would have said that He exaggerated. Maybe they would have called Him paranoid. But the fact was He was correct.

There are a couple of possibilities why the people said this.

  • Perhaps they were unaware of the intentions of the leadership in Jewry.
  • Perhaps they were in denial about those intentions or
  • Perhaps they were well aware but attempting to deflect from those intentions

In personal interactions, neither party is perfect. That does not mean that one party or the other may not be:

  • Ignorant of what the other knows
  • Unable to accept what the other knows or
  • Wishing to distract the other from what they know

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John 7:20 The Failure of Human Interactions

John 6:68 You Don’t Need A Place, You Need A Person

John 6:68 (KJV)
Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.

It’s important to recognize that Peter did not say, “Where shall we go?” Instead, he said, To whom shall we go?

Here is a hard truth to swallow but essential if we are ever to succeed, both in this life and the next. We all follow someone. To reject one authority in our life is to automatically and immediately embrace another. One man will argue, “I am the master of my destiny. Oh fool, and blind! To embrace self as god is to embrace Satan as the same. It was his ploy to deceive Eve into choosing for herself.

  • The child follows its parents
  • The student follows his teacher
  • The employee follows his foreman
  • The citizen follows the laws of the land
  • The soul follows Christ into eternity or everything else into hell and the Lake of Fire

The most foolish thing a person may do is reject authority because they ultimately reject Christ. Therefore, the most compassionate thing a parent can do is to train their children early to submit to authority and to recognize what godly authority is.

The wise realize that we are natural followers. Therefore, they choose to follow Christ rather than be led by others.

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John 6:68 You Don’t Need A Place, You Need A Person

John 5:47 Believing You Believe Is Not The Same As Believing

John 5:47 (KJV)
But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?

This account began with the Jews using the Word of God, as they presumed, delivered by Moses, to judge the healed man. He was sitting at the pool of Bethesda. I imagine that had the water stirred and he could have done so, he would have scrambled to be the first one in the water to be healed. I imagine that, had he been healed, he would have come away rejoicing. And I imagine that, even if this has happened on the Sabbath, the Jews would have been happy for him.

As it was, they saw him carrying his bed on the sabbath.
That, they had determined, was not lawful. The cured man simply replied that the one who had healed him told him to carry it.

At this point attention shifted from the man carrying his bed on the sabbath to the one who had healed him on the sabbath.
Perhaps it was reasonable to carry his bed, having just been healed. But healing him on the sabbath, that must be considered a form of work.

Having found Jesus, and hearing Him make Himself equal with God, these Jews were beside themselves.
They believed they had the Word of God on their side.

It was to these men who were so sure they knew, believed, and obeyed the Word of God that Jesus said “if ye believe not his writings.”

The warning is very simple. It is quite possible to believe we know the Bible, and believe we obey the Bible, without truly believing the Bible.

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John 5:47 Believing You Believe Is Not The Same As Believing

John 3:3 Jesus Cared Little About The Miracles He Had Done

John 3:3 (KJV)
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

This is a curious text. Nicodemus had said that he believed Jesus to be a teacher come from God because of the miracles He had performed.

Up to this point, we only know specifically of one miracle, the water to wine. There is a hint that Jesus had done miracles at the Passover in Jerusalem, but the Bible does not even so much as tell us what they are. We only know He overturned the tables there.

Now here is Nicodemus. He comes to Jesus with something to say about the miracles. Jesus, for all practical purposes, ignored the miracles. He didn’t get into some teaching moment about the miracles, what they were and what they meant. He went right to the heart of the matter, “Except a man be born again…”

This is the heart of all matters spiritual. It is likely the heart of all matters, period. “Except a man be born again” all else matters little.

We likely spend far too little time speaking on this subject. Perhaps we are too quick to assume we have a handle on it.

We just do not understand what God is doing if we have not been born again.

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John 3:3 Jesus Cared Little About The Miracles He Had Done

John 2:5 An Appropriate Work for a Servant

John 2:5 (KJV)
His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.

One commentary writes, “Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it, not questioning the reasonableness of the command, or its fitness to accomplish the end proposed.”

This is an appropriate work of a servant. It is not theirs to question. It is not theirs to reason. It is not theirs to choose which portions of their commands they will obey. It is theirs to do.

  • A servant does what he is told
  • A servant does what he is told when he told
  • A servant does how much ever he is told
  • A servant does what he is told where he is told

In this instance, the servants’ instructions came through another. Jesus’ mother gave them this instruction with an expectation that they would do what she said of them and that Jesus would use what they did for good purposes.

I see the witness for Christ is her role. We urge people to do what the Word of God says, whatsoever the Word of God says. We pray that those we encourage thusly will heed our urgings. And we believe that whosoever will heed and do as the Word of God says will be blessed and be a blessing.

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John 2:5 An Appropriate Work for a Servant

John 1:17 Law-Grace-Truth

John 1:17 (KJV)
For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

There are three Biblical components in this passage:
The law
It was brought into this world through Moses. Before Christ, souls anxiously looked forward to their redemption and expressed their faith through the keeping of the law.

Grace
The gift of God which is both through and by Jesus Christ. Jesus is the gift of God. Jesus is also the channel by which we receive the graces God intends for us.

Truth
Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. The New Testament believer looks back to their redemption on the cross. We express our faith by walking in the truth.

The Old Testament Word of God is true, but it is not complete. Jesus Christ finishes the truth for us in the New Testament.

  • The answer to the law is grace
  • The acceptance of grace reveals truth

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John 1:17 Law-Grace-Truth

John 21:5 From Whence Comes Our Product

John 21:5 (KJV)
Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No.

It’s encouraging to know that Jesus is as interested in our productivity as we could ever be. He does not rebuke them for going fishing. He merely teaches them from whence our meat comes. 

On their own, they took nothing 
They had labored all night in a trade that at least a quarter of them had experience and skill. Yet, they had caught nothing. Skill, experience, long hours, hard work – these are not the answer for meat. 

On His own, Jesus had meat in the fire
God does not need us to produce. Put this thought away from you. It is an evil that will lead to far worse evils. God can do everything.[1]

With God, they caught a multitude of fishes
And lost none of them. God uses us not because He needs us but because we need to be productive. It is for our benefit. 

When we surrender to Him, we will accomplish far more and experience far fewer losses along the way


[1] Job 42:2 (KJV)
I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.

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John 21:5 From Whence Comes Our Product

John 20:14 When Mary Saw Jesus

John 20:14 (KJV)
And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.

It is noteworthy that the first person to see the resurrected Saviour was not one of the apostles, but a woman, Mary Magdalene. There are separate roles for men and women that are both biblical and right. Men are to be the leaders. Women are not to usurp authority over a man. But this in no way denigrates the woman, nor does it make her second class in the things of Christ. On the contrary, she has a privilege few men ever attain. She is so often the first to see the Lord. 

I notice three critical characteristics of Mary’s day with the resurrected Jesus:
She came early
Other gospels record she was not alone. All of them remark that it was early. It is often the one who rises a good while before day who first hears from the Lord. 

She ran to tell others
Christianity was never meant to be secret. God will appear most often to those who are most ready to tell others what they saw and heard from the Lord. 

She came back
Imagine if she had just gone home after telling the apostles. Before she found the empty tomb. Returning and remaining, she was assured by the angels and had a meeting with the Lord. 

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John 20:14 When Mary Saw Jesus

John 18:36 Not of This World

John 18:36 (KJV)
Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

How much clearer could the Scriptures be?

Jesus confirmed He has a kingdom but,

  • Jesus said His kingdom was not of this world therefore
  • Jesus said His servants would not fight to control the kingdoms of this world 

The amillennialist is totally wrong. So is the Postmillennialist. The doctrine of the Catholics and Protestants of Christ reigning in this world through “His church” is contrary to the very words of Jesus just previous to His Cross

Our work is not to bring in His kingdom or even to take back His kingdom. Our work is to preach the gospel, walk with Christ, abide in His Word, and look for His coming. 

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John 18:36 Not of This World