Was all of Jesus’ time during the Feast of Tabernacles a personal disappointment?
People from across Israel had travelled to Jerusalem to celebrate the festival. Jesus spent much of his time in the Temple Courts preaching. Many Jewish leaders, already aware of Jesus’ works, challenged his teachings and his claim to be the Son of God; they didn’t agree and wanted to find fault with him so they could arrest and execute him.
However, not everyone dismissed Jesus’ teachings outright. To the contrary and despite the devious plans and authority of some Jewish leaders, many who heard, believed and Jesus gave them this message:
“If you continue to follow my teaching, you are really my disciples and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free,” – meaning His Gospel will bring them eternal happiness.
When other unbelieving Jews heard Him say this they asked, “How can you say, ‘You will become free’?” Jesus told them, “I tell you the solemn truth, everyone who practices sin is a slave of sin”. (John 8:30-36)
Jesus encouraged the believers to remember God’s promises and obey his commands while warning the unbelievers of their bondage to satan.
Sin or liberty; the choice is ours to make.
Lord God, open my eyes to the sin I am a slave to. Free me from my weaknesses and, in your mercy, forgive me.
Prayer: Holy Spirit
Most Holy Spirit, beloved of my soul, I adore You.
Enlighten me, guide me, comfort me, console me.
I promise to submit myself to all You desire of me,
And permit all You wish to happen to me.
Give me Your help, tell me what to do.
Most Holy Spirit, bring peace to my world. Amen.