Archive for April 25th, 2018

John 5:41-47

John 5:41-47 has Jesus continuing to teach the religious leaders about His ‘why’.  It wasn’t to gain popularity.  He came to provide a way to deal with sin and set us free from the penalty related to it.  Jesus is the WAY we can receive God’s love and gain eternal life.  That’s God’s agenda for mankind.  But we have to receive Him.  “I’m not interested in crowd approval. And do you know why? Because I know you and your crowds. I know that love, especially God’s love, is not on your working agenda”.  Jesus knows the religious leaders were not really all that interested in finding God’s solution for their sin problem.  They were focused on their own agenda of power and greed.

Jesus makes it clear that that having life is found in fulfilling the command “come to Me.” “Christ is a person, a living person, full of power to save.  But we have to come to Him.  We have to acknowledge that He alone can save us, and has the authority and power to set us free to life eternal.  “I came with the authority of my Father, and you either dismiss me or avoid me. If another came, acting self-important, you would welcome him with open arms. How do you expect to get anywhere with God when you spend all your time jockeying for position with each other, ranking your rivals and ignoring God”?  These religious leaders were focused solely on their own agendas, trying to gain an advantage over others in their patch.

Clarke wrote “The grand obstacle to the salvation of the scribes and Pharisees was their pride, vanity, and self-love. They lived on each other’s praise. If they had acknowledged Christ as the only teacher, they must have given up the good opinion of the multitude; and they chose rather to lose their souls than to forfeit their reputation among men”!  These folks were completely focused on self, without regard to the cost of that selfish view.  “But don’t think I’m going to accuse you before my Father. Moses, in whom you put so much stock, is your accuser”. Moses accuses them, because Moses wrote about Jesus and they would not receive the testimony of Moses.

Jesus makes it clear their choices were their downfall – their choice around how they would believe God’s Word.  “If you believed, really believed, what Moses said, you would believe me. He wrote of me. If you won’t take seriously what he wrote, how can I expect you to take seriously what I speak”?  Jesus did not call these religious leaders to a new or a different faith. He called them to believe what Moses, what the Scriptures, what His works, what John the Baptist each testified about Jesus: that He is the Messiah, the Son of God and God the Son.  The evidence is overwhelming.  What will you do with Jesus?

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