Read John 7
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Scripture- John 7:24- “Look beneath the surface so you can judge correctly.”
Observations- Here Jesus invites scrutiny and reflection of His life and ministry. He is filled with compassion, but also confronts people, not always gently, with the truth of Who He is. He welcomes them to consider for themselves the claims He makes. There were a lot of different opinions expressed in John 7 about Who Jesus was and Nicodemus shows up again, too. It appears that he hasn’t yet made up his mind about who Jesus is (see verse 50-51), but is willing to keep considering this One Who offers new life.
Application- It seems to me that by the very nature of His radical claims, Jesus intends to confront us about making a decision about Him. Will I freely choose to be a disciple of Jesus? Will I recognize Him as my Forgiver and Leader in this life and beyond? When we share the Good News with someone, it will by it's nature invite others to make a decision, too. The message is both gentle and confrontational at the same time. We get to lovingly hold up the claims of Christ, and then people make a decision about Jesus. Of course, it may not happen on our time schedule, so our job is to keep showing the love of Jesus Christ as we invite them to “Look beneath the surface so you can judge correctly.”
Prayer- Lord, I help me be an effective ambassador of Your Son, my Savior, Jesus Christ, in this world. Help us be a church that always points people to the ultimate new hope to be found in Him alone. Help us remember that we get to be Your loving presence to believers and unbelievers alike along this journey of faith. Thank You for such a privilege. Amen.
"O Lord, listen to my cry; give me the discerning mind you promised." (Psalm 119:169),
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