A DIVISION BECAUSE OF JESUS
In John 7:43 we read, “So there was a division among the people because of Him (Jesus).” “There was much murmuring among the people concerning Him: for some said, He is a good man: others said, nay, but He deceiveth the people.” (John 7:12 ). “Others said, this is the Christ.” (John 7:41 ).
A man, who is really a good man, surely would not deceive the people. The LORD Jesus said to His own nation, “I am come in My Father’s Name, and ye receive Me not: if another shall come in His own name, him ye will receive.” (John 5:43 ). The antichrist is coming with all power and signs and lying wonders, after the working of Satan. (2 Thess. 2:9). The antichrist will be received. The LORD Jesus Christ was despised and rejected. “His own received Him not.”
The LORD Jesus said, “I came down from heaven, not to do Mine own will, but the will of Him that sent Me.” (John 6:38 ). He said, “before Abraham was, I AM.” (John 8:58 ). The LORD Jesus said that He had glory with the Father BEFORE the world was. (John 17:5 ). We read in John 1:18 and John 3:13 , “no man hath seen God at any time: the only Begotten Son, Who is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him.” AND, “And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but He that came down from heaven; the Son of Man Who is in heaven.” The Son said, “he that hath seen Me hath seen the Father.” (John 14:9 ).
Very many times in John’s Record the Son of God refers to Him self by noun and pronoun. He calls Himself the “I AM” about twenty times in John, saying in John 8:24 , “if ye believe NOT that I AM, ye shall die in your sins.” Is it any wonder that believers and unbelievers agreed concerning Christ, “never man spake like this Man?” (John 7:46 ). Take note, others asked a very interesting question, “when Christ (Messiah) cometh, will He do more miracles than these which this Man hath done?” (John 7:31 ).
Now, this question in John 7:31 is VERY interesting. It was NOT asked by disciples, but by Israelites who were partly confused and partly convinced. Israel’s rulers did not believe Moses. Today the religious world, even Christendom, is confused.
Israel knew that any Jew, who claimed to be orthodox, who claimed to believe Moses and the other prophets, including Daniel, should have believed that a personal, Divine Messiah was coming from heaven to earth, and that according to Isaiah 35:3-6 and Isaiah 7:14 and Isaiah 9:6-7 , He would be both the Son of God and God. He would prove that He was the God of Isaiah 35:3 by performing the miracles of Isaiah 35:4-5 . The LORD Jesus performed all of these miracles, and many more. The Savior, in John 5:36 , testified that the miraculous works which He was doing were His credentials, witnessing that the Father had sent Him. Hear another testimony of the Son of God, “believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me; or else believe Me for the very works’ sake.” (John 14:11 ).
According to the words of the Lord Jesus in John 5:45-47 , the Israelites, who claimed to believe Moses, were not honest and sincere. They did not believe Moses. The Apostle Paul told Israel the truth, in Acts 13:27 , saying that the Jews in Jerusalem, including their rulers, had fulfilled the Old Testament Scriptures, which were read in the synagogue every Sabbath, by condemning their Messiah Who had come to them in fulfillment of those Scriptures. Because the rulers of this world knew not, they crucified the LORD of Glory. (1 Corinthians 2:8 ). When they had fulfilled all that was written of Him they took Him down from the tree, and laid Him in a sepulcher: But God raised Him from the dead. (Acts 13:39 and 30).
“Believe on the LORD Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” Acts 16:31 , while there is still time!
So There You Have it!
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Grace be to you and peace, from God: our Father, and The LORD Jesus Christ.
In The LORD Jesus Christ,
The Lion and Lamb Ministry
Pastor David Picos, D.D.
Minister and Ambassador for Christ in the Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20 )
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