Jesus’ Life: Chapter 11 – Jesus At The Feast Of Tabernacles (St John)
How did Jesus thwart the claims from Jewish Leaders that He was not the Son of God?
In addition to his many miracles, including raising the dead back to life which they could not do, and his Good News Gospel, there were two unique challenges made by Jesus, recorded only in John’s Gospel. (John 8:37-47)
Questions of the Heart:
1. Who is your father, God or the devil? Jesus said to them, “If you are Abraham’s children, you would be doing the deeds of Abraham. But now you are trying to kill me…, Abraham did not do this! You, people, are doing the deeds of your father“. The Jews replied, “We have only one Father, God, himself.” Jesus responded, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come from God and am now here… It is because you cannot accept my teaching. You belong to your father the devil and you willingly carry out your father’s desires”.
2. Am I guilty of any sin? Jesus asked them, “Who among you can prove me guilty of any sin? If I am telling you the truth, why don’t you believe me? The one who belongs to God listens and responds to God’s words. You don’t listen and respond because you don’t belong to God.”
The incensed Jews were unable to answer Jesus’ direct questions; their silence, a personal admission that Jesus was speaking the truth.
[Change is hard; the Jewish Leaders were not prepared to shift from their well-established systems and practices, their life was comfortable.]
The influence of Satan is complete when we refuse to accept Jesus as our Messiah.
Lord God, lead me to what you want me to do. I trust in your promises and perfect plan.
Prayer: Guidance (Basil of Caesarea)
Steer the ship of my life, good Lord,
to your quiet harbour,
where I can be safe from the storms of sin and conflict.
Show me the course I should take.
Renew in me the gift of discernment,
so that I can always see the right direction in which I should go.
And give me the strength and the courage to choose the right course,
even when the sea is rough and the waves are high,
knowing that through enduring hardship and danger,
in your name, we shall find comfort and peace.