Wednesday, 8 November 2017

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Stone-Hearted Sinners Before The Saviour


TEXT: JOHN 10: 31-42

“Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.” (John 10:32)

This proves that these Jews had no difficulty understanding the words of Jesus; but they did not believe Him. They instantly recognized that Jesus had claimed absolute equality with the Father, and to their ears this was blasphemy. They could not obey the command: to “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.” This Law they did not obey. 


Who could imagine that any heart would be so base and so cruel, as to arm themselves with the instruments of death against this Person speaking such gracious words?
And yet, we see these Jews doing just that, within the sacred boundaries of the Temple. They hated Him! 


Why did Cain hate Abel?


“Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s were righteous.”
Why did the Jews hate the Lord Jesus Christ?


Jesus said: “Because I testify that their works are evil.” And in the same measure, the unbelievers will hate the Saints. The Lord Jesus said: “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.” Could the Jews have known that Jesus spoke the truth?


Yes they could. Jesus said:
“Many good works have I showed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?”


They could look at His perfect life, or His gracious deeds in ministering to others, or they could think of the wondrous words that He spoke, as never man had . Jesus called these works as coming “from the Father". They had been done by the Father’s authority and command.



 THE DAMNABLE REACTION OF IGNORANT SINNER.

Johnb10:31-33; Zechariah 7:12; John 8:56-59; Matthew 12:13,14; Luke 19:46; John 10:31; Zechariah 7:12.


John 10:31 "Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him." In verse 32 "Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? verse 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.

This proves that these Jews had no difficulty understanding the words of Jesus; but they did not believe Him. They instantly recognized that Jesus had claimed absolute equality with the Father, and to their ears this was blasphemy. They could not obey the command: to “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.” This Law they did not obey. 


They have stony hearts, and also have deceive heart. They want the word of God and also to see God's glory, but "The deceived heart had turned them aside". Their poor heart did not allow them to believe the teaching of the Messiah (Obadiah 3), their heart filled with pride. The heart that make them to reject the truth, the heart that make them to refused the truth. the heart that want them to stone Jesus Christ, they were darken in their heart towards understanding.


THE DIVINE REVELATION OF INFALLIBLE SCRIPTURE.
John 10:34; Psalms 82:6; Luke 24:26; Isaiah 29:20; Matthew 22:29; John 9:39; Psalms 2:1-7; Proverbs 30:4; Isaiah 7:4; Matthew 1:21; Isaiah 9:6,7; Hebrews 1:5-8; Hebrews 5:5.

The historic religion hardened their heart from receiving the truth in their heart... Psalms 82:6 "I removed his showder from the burden: his hands were delivered from the pots". The chapter is addressing the Jewish magistrates, those who have been appointed rulers of the Jews: in Psalm 82:1 God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods. Chapter 82:2 - How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.

God says in Verse 1 that He stands in the midst of those rulers, who have been commissioned by God to this responsible position. It is God who raises kings, and it is God who puts down kings, and this applies to judges as well. They are appointed to judge for God, in the place of God. And God will in turn bring down Judgment on the unjust judges. In Verse 2 God accuses the unjust judges of their wickedness.
 

But notice how God addresses those magistrates:
He called them “gods”, with a little g, because they were appointed to judge for God, in the place of God. Again God says in Verse 6:
"I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High." Jesus Christ thought they knew the scripture, and they thought Jesus hath contradict "I removed his shoulder from the burden: his hands were delivered from the pols" where he wanted to convinced his disciples about himself. Seeing the hat Jesus remain upon as the "Only begotten Son of God".



THE DECISIVE RESPONSE TO THE INCARNATE SON.
John 10:40; John 1:6-12,29,33-36; John 5:33; John 7:33; John 8:30; John 11:45;
This is telling us how the Jews judge him wrongly. This principle was fully evident when God incarnate appeared in the midst of them. Already since His first Sermon in the synagogue at Nazareth they wanted to kill Him. And from that point onwards to the Cross, He was hounded by His enemies who thirsted for His blood. What an amazing patience of Christ to endure such rebellion of sinners against Himself. But, you see, that is where the Grace of God comes in. He came to seek and to save that which was lost. When He finally went to the Cross, all the sheep that He had to find, during those three and half years of ministry, had been found and were safe in His hand. 


And all the sheep who still had to be found were also taken care of at the Cross. What a wonderful Savior is Jesus our Lord. Now, let’s see how Jesus answered the accusation of the Jews about blasphemy:

John 10:34 "Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, “I said, Ye are gods”?
From the old testament, when the Bible speaks about The Law, it does not always refer to the Ten Commandments, and it does not always refer to the five Scroll of Moses.


We must let the context define what it means. And here the Lord Jesus says in (Psalm 82) is also the Law: It is also the Word of God.
 

Jesus Christ has been shown to the Israelites by John the Apostle who Jesus is. Jesus, the Redeemer (John 10:6).
- He was sent to bear witness of the light to the world.
- He came to save the souls.
- He bear witness concerning His ministry.
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me."
“And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish."


The Good Shepherd takes us on His shoulders until we arrive safely in eternity.




Stone-Hearted Sinners Before The Saviour


This is an excerpt of Pastor W.F. Kumuyi's Monday Bible Study.

Written by: James Ngozi

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