“Jesus, A Miracle Worker”/The Plot To Kill Jesus

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

Why read the Bible?  The Bible is not just great literature; it is the inspired Word of God.  Just as the Holy Spirit was present in the writing of Scripture, so must He be present in our reading of the Word.  We can read the Bible without the leadership of the Holy Spirit and still learn Bible facts.  But we will never gain insights into the truth and application of God’s Word until we ask the Holy Spirit to open our minds and reveal His truth to us.   KJV

“The Plot To Kill Jesus”, John 11:45) Then many of the Jews which came to Mary and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on Him.  46) But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done.  47) Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we?  for this man doeth many miracles.  Mark 14:1; Acts 4:16.  48) If we let Him thus alone, all men will believe on Him:  and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.  49) And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all, Acts 4:6.  50) Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.  51) And this spake he not of himself:  but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation;   52) And not for that nation only, but that also He should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.  Ephesians 3:6; 1Peter 5:9. 53) Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put Him to death. 54) Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews; but went thence unto a country near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there continued with His disciples. 55) And the Jews’ Passover (Exodus 12) was nigh at hand; and many went out of the country up to Jerusalem before the Passover, to purify themselves. 1Samuel 16:5. 56) Then sought they for Jesus, and spake among themselves, as they stood in the temple, What think ye, that He will not come to the feast? Psalm 2. 57) Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a commandment, that, if any man knew where He were, he should shew it, that they might take Him.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v45-48, The Jewish Leaders were afraid that they would lose their positions of authority.  v49-51, In the opinion of Caiaphas, Jesus should die rather than plunge the nation into destruction (only if Jesus allowed it to happen).  Caiaphas pronounced a message of God unconsciously:  one man should die for the people.  Caiaphas was a prophet in spite of himself.   We bring trouble on ourselves when we oppose Christ’s Kingdom to advance our own worldly interests.  v52, The conversion, or a turning of souls is the gathering of them to Christ as their Ruler and Refuge; and He died to effect this.  By dying He purchased them to Himself, and the gift of the Holy Ghost for them:  His Love in dying for Believers should unite them closely together. 
Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v53-57) The resurrection of Lazarus was a major factor that led to the plot by the Jewish religious leaders to kill Christ. John marks the growth of the hostility step by step. Jesus withdrew from public life for a while; but no devices of man can alter the purposes of God: and while hypocrites and worldly men amuse themselves with their own plans, Jesus still orders all things for His Own Glory and the Salvation of His people. Amen.

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“Jesus, A Miracle Worker”/Jesus Raises Lazarus From The Dead

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus 

“Jesus Raises Lazarus From The Dead”, John 11:38) Jesus therefore again groaning in Himself cometh to the grave.  It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it.   39) Jesus said, Take ye away the stone.  Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto Him. Lord, by this time he stinketh:  for he hath been dead four days.  40) Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the Glory of God?  41) Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid.  And Jesus lifted up His Eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.  42)  And I knew that thou hearest Me always, but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.  John 12;30.  43) And when He thus had spoken, He cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.  Acts 3:15.  44) And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with grave clothes:  and his face was bound about with a napkin.  Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.  John 20:7.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary – v38-44) Christ openly called on the Father with uplifted eyes and a loud voice; that they might be convinced the Father had sent Him as His Beloved Son into the world.  He could have raised Lazarus by the silent exertion of His power and will.  This was the figure of the Gospel Call; by which dead souls are brought out of the grave of sin:  and of the sound of the Archangel’s Trumpet at the last day, with which all that sleep in the dust shall be awakened and summoned before the great tribunal.  Lazarus was returned not only to life, but to health.  Truly Christ is the Resurrection and the Life.  Christ is the Resurrection for those who believe and are physically dead.  He is the life for those who believe and have not yet died.  Amen.    

 

“Jesus, A Miracle Worker”/Jesus Comforts the Sisters

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

I love Aretha Franklin’s version of “Oh, Mary Don’t You Weep”.  

“Jesus Comforts the Sisters”,  John 11:17) Then when Jesus came, He found that he had lain in the grave four days already.  18) Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off:  (That is about two miles).  19) And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.  20) Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him:  but Mary sat still in the house.  21) Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.  22) But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.  23) Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.  Philippians 3;21.   24) Martha saith unto Him, I know that he shall rise again in the Resurrection at the last day.  25) Jesus said unto her, I am the Resurrection, and the Life:  he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:  26) And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.  Believest thou this?  27) She saith unto him, Yea, Lord:  I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.  28) And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee.  29) As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto Him.  30) Now Jesus was not yet come to town, but was in that place where Martha met Him.  31) The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary that she rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying, She goeth unto the grave to weep there.  32) Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying unto Him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.  33) When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, He groaned in the Spirit, and was troubled,  34) And said, Where have ye laid him?  They said unto Him, Lord, come and see.  35) Jesus Wept.  Romans 12:15.  36) Then said the Jews, Behold how He loved him!  37) And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died? 

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary v17-32) Here was a house where the fear of God was, and on which His Blessing rested; yet it was made a house of mourning.  Grace will keep sorrow from the heart, but not from the house.  When God, by His grace and providence, is coming towards us in ways of mercy and comfort, we should, like Martha, go forth by faith, hope, and prayer, to meet Him.  To enlarge Martha’s expectation, our Lord declared Himself to be the Resurrection and the Life.  In every sense He is the Resurrection; both body and soul are kept from evil forever.  Those who, in the day of peace, set themselves at Christ’s feet to be taught by Him, may with comfort, in a day of trouble, cast themselves at His feet, to find favour with Him.  v33-37) Christ’s tender sympathy was with these afflicted friends; in all afflictions of Believers He is afflicted.  His concern for them was shown by His kind inquiry after the remains of deceased friend.  It was shown by His Tears.  He was a Man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief (Isaiah 53:3). Tears of compassion resemble those of Christ.  We have not a “High Priest” who cannot be touched with a feeling of our infirmities.  It is a good step toward raising a soul to spiritual life, when the stone is taken away, when prejudices are removed and a way is made for the Word to enter the heart.    

“Jesus, A Miracle Worker”/The Death of Lazarus

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

 

“The Death of Lazarus”, John 11:1)  Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.  Luke 10:38.  2) (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped His Feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.)  Matthew 26:7; Mark 14:3; Luke 7:37.  3) Therefore his sisters sent unto Him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom Thou lovest is sick.  4) When Jesus heard that, He said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.  1Peter 4:11, 14.    5) Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.  6) When He had heard therefore that he was sick, He abode two days still in the same place where He was.  7) Then after that saith He to His disciples, Let us go into Judae’a again.  8) His disciples say unto Him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again?  9) Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day?  If any man walk in he day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.  Psalm 97:11.  10) But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.  Psalm 27:2.  11) These things said He:  and after that He saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.  Deuteronomy 31:16; Daniel 12:2; Acts 7:60.  12) Then said His disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.  13) Howbeit Jesus spake of His death: but they thought that He had spoken of taking of rest in sleep.  14)Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead. 15) And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him. 16) Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, unto his fellowdisciples, Let us also go, that we may die with Him.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary – v1-6)It is no new thing for those whom Christ loves, to be sick; bodily distempers correct the corruption, and try the graces of God’s people. He came not to preserve His people from these afflictions, but to save them from their sins, and from the wrath to come and we should apply to Him for our family and friends. Let this reconcile us to the darkest dealings of Providence, that they are all for the glory of God: sickness, loss, disappointment, are so; and if God be glorified, we ought to be satisfied. Jesus loved Martha, and her sister; and Lazarus. God has gracious intentions, even when He seems to delay. When the work of deliverance, temporal or spiritual, public or personal, is delayed, it does but stay for the right time. v7-10)Christ never brings His people into any danger but He goes with them in it. We are apt to think ourselves zealous for the Lord, when really we are only zealous for our wealth, credit, ease, and safety; there is a need therefore to try our principles. But our day shall be lengthened out, till our work is done, and our testimony finished. Christ wherevever He went, walked in the day; and so shall we, if we follow His Steps. If a man walks in the way of his heart, if he consults his own carnal reasoning’s more than the will and glory of God, he falls into temptations and snares. He stumbles because there is no light in him; for light in us shows us our moral actions, just as the light around us reveals our natural actions. v11-16)Since we are sure to rise again at the last, why should not the believing hope of that resurrection to eternal life, make it as easy for us to put off the body and die? A true Christian, when he dies, does but sleep; he rests from the labours of the past day. The disciples thought that it was now needless for Christ to go to Lazarus, and expose Himself and them. Thus, we often hope that the good work will be done by some other hand, if there be peril in the doing of it. Like Thomas, in difficult times Christians should encourage one another; because of Christ’s Resurrection.
More to come and God Bless You.

“Jesus, A Miracle Worker”/The Unbelief of the Jews

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

Studying and meditating on God’s Holy Word, the Bible; helps us to understand God, His Son Jesus and The Holy Spirit.  It enables us to know when something said or done is right or wrong.  It’s that Old Saying, ” I know, that I know, that I know”.

When I share the Word of God I use a lot of Commentaries, the Study Bible and Dictionaries.  Tools of God’s Holy Word.  I received my Study Bible as a gift almost 20 yrs ago from B. Stewart, a kind woman, who was concerned about my Salvation; we often had Bible study on our lunchtime.   I also have Commentaries from the many years that I taught Sunday School.

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“The Unbelief of the Jews ” John 10: 22) And it was at Jerusalem the Feast of the Dedication (The rededication of the Temple to the Lord, Hanukkah), and it was winter.  23) And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s Porch.  24) Then came the Jews round about Him, and said unto Him, How long dost thou make us to doubt?  If thou be the Christ ( the Anointed One), tell us plainly.  25) Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believe not:  the works that I do in My Father’s name, they bear witness of Me.  26) But ye believe not, because ye are not of My sheep, as I said unto you.  1John 4:6.  27) My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.  28) And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.  29) My Father, which gave them Me. is greater than all, and no man is able to pluck them our of my Father’s hand.  30) I and My Father are One.  31) Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him.  32) Jesus answered them, Many good works have I showed you from My Father, for which of those works do ye stone Me?  33) The Jews answered Him, saying, For a good work we stone Thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that Thou, being a man, makest Thyself God.  Philippians 2:6.   34) Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?  Psalm 82:6.   35) If he called them gods, unto whom the Word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; Romans 13;1.  36) Say ye of Him, whom the Father has sanctified, and sent unto the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?  Luke 1:35; John 9:35.  37) If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.  38) But if I do, though ye believe not Me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.  John 14:10.   39) Therefore they sought again to take Him; but He escaped out of their hand,  40) And went away again beyond Jordan into the place where John at first baptized; and there He abode.  41) An many resorted unto Him, and said, John did no miracle:  but all things that John spake of this man were true.  42) And many believed on Him there.  John 8:30. 

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary – v22-30 All who have anything to say to Christ, may find Him in the Temple. The Jews understood His meaning; but could not form a charge against Him. He described the happy (joyous) state of His sheep, they heard and believed His word, followed Him as His faithful disciples and none should perish; for the Son and the Father are one.
v31-38 Christ’s work of power proclaim Him to be over all. Whom the Father sends, He sanctifies. The Holy God will reward. Many of us may feel that the rewards are few in this life, but certainly not in the next. The Father was in the Son, so that by Divine power He wrought His miracles; the Son was so in the Father, that He knew the whole of His mind. We know this because we believe the declarations of God and His Son.
v39-42 No weapon formed against Our Lord Jesus shall prosper. He escaped, not because He was afraid to suffer, but because His hour was not come. And He knows how to deliver those who believe in Him out of their temptations, and to make a way for them to escape. Amen.
More to come and God Bless You.

“Jesus, A Miracle Worker/The Shepherd And His Flock

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

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Why Read the Bible?  Reading through the Bible brings out the awesome wonder of God as He speaks to and loves the humanity He created.  Because Christ is the incarnation of God, the New Testament should be prominent in any Bible reading plan.  To be continued.

“The Shepherd And His Flock”, John 10:1) Verily, Verily (Truly, Truly), I say unto you, he that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.  Isaiah 56:10.  2) But He that entereth in by the door is the Shepherd of the sheep.  Acts 20:28; 1 Corinthians 12:28.  3) To him the Porter openeth; and the sheep hear His voice:  and He calleth His own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.  4) And  when He putteth forth His own sheep, He goeth before them, and the sheep follow Him:  for they know His voice.  5) And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.  Proverbs 19:27; Colossians 2:8.  6) Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.  8) All that ever came before Me are thieves and robbers:  but the sheep did not hear them.  9) I am the door:  by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.  10) The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:  I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. 11)I am the Good Shepherd, the Good Shepherd giveth His Life for the sheep. 12) But he that is an hireling, and not The Shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. 13) The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. 14) I am the Good Shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. 2Timothy 2:19.15) As the Father knoweth Me, even so know I the Father and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16) And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice, and there shall be one fold, and one Shepherd. 17) Therefore doth My Father love Me, because I lay down My life, that I might take it again.18) No man taketh it from Me; but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of My Father. Acts 2:24. 19) There was a division therefore again among the Jews for these sayings.20) And many of them said, He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye Him? 21)Others said, These are not the words of Him that hath a devil. Can a devil open the eyes of the blind? Exodus 4:11; Isaiah 35:5.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary – v1-5The Church of God in the world is as a sheepfold (a walled enclosure), exposed to deceivers and persecutors. The Great Shepherd of the sheep knows all that are His, guards them by His providence, guides them by His Spirit and Word, and goes before them, as the Eastern shepherds went before their sheep, to set them in the way of His steps.
v6-9 Many who hear the Word of Christ, do not understand it, because they will not. Christ is the Door: And what greater security has the Church of God than that the Lord Jesus is between it and all its enemies? We must come in by Jesus Christ as the Door: and by faith in Him as the great Mediator between God and man. He expects the Church, and every Believer to wait on Him: and to stay in His Pasture.
v10-19 Christ is a good Shepherd; others were not necessarily thieves, but were careless in their duty, and by their neglect the flock was much hurt. See here the grace of Christ: since none could demand His Life of Him, He laid it down Himself for our redemption. Our Lord laid down His Life for His sheep. Amen.
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Satan ruins many, because we are conceited and will not trust or accept God’s Word or His ordinances. We are ashamed or embarrassed to share God’s word in order to bring other sheep into the fold. Let us not be mindful of what others think, but remember how our Master was thus rejected before us.

“Jesus, A Miracle Worker/ Spiritual Blindness

A Christ Filled Life – Getting to Know Jesus

“Spiritual Blindness” John 9:35) Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and when He had found him, He said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?  Mark 1:1; 1John 5:13.   36) He answered and said, Who is He, Lord, that I might believe on Him?  37) And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen Him, and it is He that talketh with thee.  38) And he said, Lord, I believe.  And he worshipped Him.  39) And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.  40) And some of the Pharisees which were with Him heard these words, and said unto Him, Are we blind also?  Romans 2:19.  41) Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin:  but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth. 

Quest Study Bible – v41) All God needs from us to remove our guilt is our recognition that we are guilty and need His Forgiveness.  John reveals that if we confess our sins we can be forgiven.  However, if we say we have no sin we lie in self-deception.  1John 1:9-10.  Claiming that we can see— that is, that we can perceive our own spiritual condition when in fact we cannot—keeps us from receiving the healing that is forgiveness.