A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Who Jesus Is
John 2:12) After this He went down to Capernaum, He, and His mother, and His brethren, and His disciples: and they continued there many days. 13) And the Jews’ Passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, 14) And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: 15) And when He had made a scourge of small cords, He drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables; 16) And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise. 17) And His disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up. Psalm 69:9. 18) Then answered the Jews and said unto Him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things? 19) Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Matthew 12:39, 40, 16:4, 26:61, Mark 14;58. 20) Then said the Jews, Forty six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? 21) But He spake of the temple of His body. 22) When therefore He was risen from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said. Luke 24:8. 23) Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, in the feast day, many believed in His name, when they saw the miracles which He did. 24) But Jesus did not commit Himself unto them, because He knew all men. 25) And needed not that any should testify of man: for He knew what was in man. Acts 1:24.
Quest Study Bible NIV – v13 The Passover, In the Old Testament, Exodus 12. The Angel of the Lord, when destroying the first born of the Egyptians, would pass over the houses marked by the blood of the lamb: hence the name of this holy feast or ordinance. The Passover was to be kept every year; both as a remembrance and deliverance out of Egypt, and as a remarkable type of Christ. v15 Everyone who worshipped in the temple at Jerusalem was required to present a sacrifice accepted as unblemished by a priest and to pay the annual Head Tax using temple currency. The priests refused to accept foreign currency and so exchanged travelers’ money at exorbitant rates. They also regularly rejected any animal that wasn’t purchased at the temple ( at inflated prices). Such exploitation under the guise of proper worship of God made Jesus angry. v16,17 The cleansing of the temple was the first public presentation of Jesus to Israel; He presented Himself as Messiah. The expression My Father’s House was a distinct claim to messiahship. v18 It was common in the Old Testament for prophets to prove their authenticity by performing a miracle. This established that they were sent by God. Yet Jesus was reluctant to perform signs for skeptics. Instead He offered a riddle about raising the temple, which referred to His future death and resurrection on the third day, as the only miracle they needed to see to believe in Him as Messiah. v25 Jesus fully understood the depth of trust of those that were following Him; some would stay but many would fall away.
Jesus Teaches Nicodemus John 3:1) There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2) The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto Him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. 3) 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. 4) Nicodemus saith unto Him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? 5) Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 1Peter 1:21. 6) That which is born of the flesh is flesh and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7) Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 8) The wind bloweth where it listeth and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is everyone that is born of the spirit. Ecclesiastes 11:5. 9) Nicodemus answered and said unto Him, How can these things be? 10) Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? 11) Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know and testify that we have seen and ye receive not our witness. 12) If I have told you earthly things and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? 13) And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but He that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. Acts 2:34, 1Corinthians 15:47. 14) And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 15) That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16) For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17) For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. 18) He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. Romans 8:1. 19) And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. Isaiah 5:20. 20) For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved (discovered). 21) But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
Quest Study Bible NIV – v3 To enter God’s kingdom that requires something that is impossible by human standards–to be reborn. By this, Jesus refers to work of the Holy Spirit in breathing life into our sinful and dead spiritual nature. When we are born again we become a new person, forgiven of our sins and granted an intimate friendship with God. v5 Spiritual birth, the dawning of spiritual awareness. To be baptized, repentance symbolized by water. Life in the Spirit, awakening to the reality of God’s Spirit working in a person’s life. v8 Jesus used the wind as an illustration of the work of the Holy Spirit. As the wind seemingly blows where it wills, so the Holy Spirit sovereignly works. v14 Refers to the Old Testament, Numbers 21:8-9, After poisonous snakes infested the Israelite’s camp, Moses made a bronze serpent, attached it to a pole and lifted it up. Those who looked to it with faith were healed. In a similar way, Jesus says He will be lifted up on a cross and those who turn in faith to Him will be saved from the poison of sin. v16-18 To believe in Christ involves more than just agreeing that Jesus’ words are true. It means to trust in Christ alone for your salvation. It is deciding to place your fate in the hands of Jesus, trusting Him to be your Lord and His Word to be your command. Amen.
To be continued. God Bless You.