John 12 contains very rich and beautiful accounts of significant happenings in the last days of Jesus’s earthly ministry. Among these are Mary’s anointing of His feet with an expensive perfume, and His triumphal entry into Jerusalem on the back of a young donkey.
Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11: 23-26)
Do you ever doubt your salvation? Be comforted today that your doubt is often part of the Christian experience. We are fallen people. Our hearts and minds all are broken by our sinful nature.
At the end of the chapter, we see that those opposed to Jesus remain under the assumption that sin caused the blind man’s affliction: “’You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?’ And they cast him out.” (John 9:34) Based on his physical condition, the Pharisees assumed his sinfulness.
Do you ever wonder if sometimes we overcomplicate the whole business of what it means to be a Christian? We get a beautiful description from Christ in chapter 8 of true discipleship.
In John chapter 7 there is a great debate among the people about Jesus’ true nature. Can this be the Christ? Can this be the Messiah? Can this be the long expected one who would save the nation of Israel and make them a free people again?
Chapter 6 of the Gospel of John is the longest chapter in this Gospel, and it contains some of the most well known of the many miracles that Jesus performed in His earthly ministry.
But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.” This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.” (John 5:17-18)
Our hearts are thirsty for the glory of Christ, and we don’t even know it. We are in a constant search for glory to fill our hearts. It’s why we will drive hundreds of miles to get to the Grand Canyon, just to stand there in silence with our jaws dropped.
We just heard Jesus say, “Destroy this temple…” (John 2:19) and they thought he was talking about the building. Here we are again, Jesus is talking about a re-birth that is a heavenly, Spirit-initiated birth, and poor Nicodemus is questioning biology.