February 24 – Chronological Life of Jesus Day 39
…more good stuff today in John.
READ: John 9-10
Immediately, we see (vs. 9:1-3) that Jesus explained why God allowed the man to be born blind. It was not because of sin of him nor his parents but that God be glorified. It was so the power of God could be seen in Jesus. That is, the man was born blind so that Jesus could heal him. Even the disciples’ assumptions were wrong. If God was punishing the man for his parents’ sins, that would be completely unfair of God. He Himself stated in His own Law that no child should be punished for its parents’ crimes (see Deuteronomy 24:16; Ezekiel 18:19-20).
This healing did take a little bit of faith on the man’s part. The man didn’t know Jesus (vs.9:11), yet was obedient and washed in the pool (vs. 9:7) and was healed. I love this man’s boldness, definitely no fear when it came to his eyes being opened (vs. 9:17, 25, 27, 30, 33). Not knowing Jesus was the Messiah or the Son of God, he started out stating he was a prophet and eventually exclaiming, “if this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” His parents on the other hand (vs. 9:18-23) were not so bold and could not give Jesus the proper credit in fear of excommunication. Still a problem today, the fear in man keeps many from accepting Jesus or at least being bold for him. In verse 9:35, we see the conversation between the man and Jesus. Jesus claimed to be the very Son of Man, and the man in his final statement “believed” and worshiped.
Throughout verses 9:13 and 41, we can see that these religious men, who saw, questioned, did not want to understand or believe, were the blindest of all. Extremely ignorant of the truth that Jesus is the Messiah and Son of God. How disheartening, not even realizing it.
Moving into chapter 10, verses 11 and 14 “I am the good shepherd”. And how right he is; he knows us, leads us, talks to us, saves us, satisfies us, died for us, conquered death for us and will unite us. Even with all of Jesus’ metaphorical words, this chapter is so beautifully written and fairly easy to understand. In Verses 10:7-10, Jesus is telling us he is the door to salvation (eternal life), nourishment (the living word), and sanctification (set apart for God’s use). As we read in chapter 9, the Pharisees and Jews just kept missing that free gift of salvation and all that came with it, and now in (vs. 10:25), still missing it. Don’t forget these are the unbelieving people, the “yeast” (false teachers and spiritual leaders), whom Jesus warned us about. It is easy for us to think or to say that in vs. 10:8, 10 this would be “Satan”, who thieves, robs, kills and destroys. I’d say Jesus is likely to be speaking of “these people” still. In reverence, thank goodness for our shepherd’s protection of every kind. As a shepherd to his flock would provide, knowing “all sheep” were in danger of the greatest kind (Isaiah 53:6), ourselves and others. But now protected forever, hence Jesus’ one mission and heading directly towards the cross for us.
Now I see!
Shepherd of my life, You know me, and I call You mine. There are sinful and dangerous things in and of this world. I do believe and want to hear only Your voice. Let me sit at Your feet and let You love me, just the way I am. I love You… Amen.