September 19th

John 9-10

  • 9:2 – It was common belief that any physical or mental disability was caused by sin.
  • 9:5 – Another I am statement. Jesus refers to himself as “the light of the world.” This is why he says it is day now – because he was present. He’s referring to “night” as when he is no longer on the earth.
  • 9:21-23 – Whether the parents knew the healing was from Jesus or not, they were more afraid of the religious leaders than they were loyal to Jesus.
  • 9:25 – A beautiful statement of faith! This is one we can all take note from. When people argue the validity of God or the saving power of Christ, all we need to say is, “I don’t know much. All I know is I once was blind but now I see.” Feel free to fill in your own story of “blindness”.
  • 9:34 – The religious leaders find a way to discount the man’s story saying he is simply a sinner and they can’t learn anything from him.
  • 10:3-4 – Sheep know their shepherds voice so they follow his instructions. Note that we just read an example of this with David. He was close with God and knew his voice so he had open conversations with him and knew where God was sending him and what he was calling him to do.
  • 10:7-9 – Another I am statement. Basically, Jesus is the passageway to God. He is also that which closes us off from things we do not need to participate in.
  • 10:10 – A very clear comparison between the thief and Jesus. One steals, kills, and destroys, the other brings abundant life. Seems like an easy choice.
  • 10:11 – Another I am statement. Jesus, as the good shepherd, will and does lay down his life for our good.
  • 10:16 – This explains that not only Jews will be saved, but gentiles as well. They are from different flocks, but both will be saved.
  • 10:24-30 – The Jews wanting Jesus to explain his identity plainly is ironic since this gospel, far more than any other, has clearly revealed Jesus’ identity.
  • 10:26-27 – Jesus’ sheep were those who believed in and followed him.

10:31-42 – Once again the religious authorities attempt to stone Jesus because they think he is blaspheming while others continue to believe in and follow him.

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