Junior Leaves the Nest — A Traumatic Story

Junior Leaves the Nest — A Traumatic Story by Rev. Susan Wynn©2016

There was thick forest next to our home in Maine. One spring, we kept hearing a loud cheeping noise. Jeff looked, and saw a woodpecker chick poking its head out of a hollow place in a tree, just on the edge of the woods. That was the noisemaker! Junior was calling for food from his very busy mother and father!

As it grew closer for Junior’s time to fledge, his calls became louder and more insistent. And his parents continued to feed him. 

But one day, it was time for him to fledge. His parents sat on the limb of a tree adjacent to Junior. They had food. But they would not come to him! He squawked loudly, refusing to fly. By late afternoon, the sound of Junior’s calls became plaintive, almost as if he was whimpering. But his parents stood their ground on that tree limb, with his food easily visible to him. By the next morning, Junior had fledged, and was happily eating on his own.

I see that it is like that with believers sometimes. They are well fed by their pastors, read a lot of “how to” books, and they are very happy. But then it is time to fledge, to seek the bread of God’s Word on their own — just the Lord and the believer. And they are afraid to fly. But this is God’s promise, if you will fly, dear one —

Isaiah 40:31 Yet those who wait for the Lord
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.

The word “wait” is very interesting, when you look at its meaning. It means to wrap yourself around, entwine yourself, bind yourself with. 🙂

Your Father has your food. Fly to Him!

RAGING NATIONS

[SW237] 06/24/2016 message notes by

Reverend/Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2016

“Raging Nations”

The king of Assyria raged against the Lord and boasted in what he thought were his victories. It is the same with Satan — it’s his modus operandi.

Texts:  2Kings 19:22-28, Psalm 2

Assyria blasphemed against the Lord by casting doubt on His character:

— The Lord deceives you (19:10)

— The Lord cannot deliver you (19:11) because he Lord is powerless against us (19:12-13)

— The Lord is unreliable (18:22)

— The Lord sent us to go up against and destroy “this land” (18:25) (but they had authority to destroy only northern Israel)

What were God’s people to do?

v. 14  Humbly bow before the Lord and present their threats

v. 15 Praise Him because He alone is God

v. 16-17  Cry out for the living God to deliver, because the enemy has reproached Him

And because you pray to Him . . .

How did God answer the king of Assyria?

v. 22-23 Whom have you reproached and blasphemed, through your messenger? Against whom have you raised your voice and haughtily raised your eyes? Against the Holy One of Israel!

v. 23 Enemy, you say you have conquered everyone, but you are wrong — long ago I, the Lord, planned it. My people were weak against you because I, the Lord, made it so.

Why would the Lord do that to His people?  Because He knew Northern Israel would worship false gods and commit great atrocities in order to please them. Their exile to Assyria was because of their sin.

But to the enemy, He now says:

v. 27 — I know you, I know every move you make. And I know your raging against Me!

v. 28 — You rage against Me, you are arrogant . . .

Therefore, I, the Lord will put My hook in your nose (like you did with northern Israel when you marched them into exile), and My bridle in your lips (like you did with northern Israel when you marched them into exile).

And I will turn you back by the way you came!

v. 34 — I will defend Jerusalem to save them, for My own sake and for My servant David’s sake. A faithful remnant will come out of Jerusalem. My zeal will accomplish it.

v. 35 — Then the angel of the Lord went out and struck 185,000 Assyrians. When the remainder arose, they fled.

v. 36-37 — The king went back home. While he was worshiping Nisroch, his two sons killed him with a sword.

The nation and people of Assyria raged against the Lord. And His angel struck 185,000 in one fell swoop!

What chance does Satan have against us, if we are walking with the Lord as Hezekiah did? How much more, now that Jesus has come, when we are filled with His Spirit and gladly obey Him out of His love that He has planted in our hearts?

Psalm 2 —

Why do the nations rage against the Lord? All that is devised against the living God is vain. Many take their stand against the Lord, and gather together to plan the defeat of the Lord.

They do not want the Lord to be their King. They consider His rule to be fetters (chains) that keep them from doing what they want to do. So they will tear them off.

What does He who sits in heaven say?

— He laughs and scoffs at them.

— He will speak to them in His anger

— He will terrify them in His fury

What will terrify them?

— That He has already installed His King upon My holy mountain.

— That He has given His Son the nations and peoples and the ends of the earth as His Son’s inheritance.

That this Son shall break you with a rod of iron, and shatter you like pottery.

What is His recommendation to kings and leaders of the earth and all who blaspheme Him?

— Show discernment, take warning!

— Worship Me reverently, and I will receive you, and you will rejoice and yet tremble because of My awesome power.

— Kiss (prostrate yourself before and worship) My Son, Jesus Christ, or He will become angry and you will perish, for His wrath may soon burn against you.

How blessed are all those who take refuge in Him!

There are churchgoers and then there is the true church of Jesus Christ. There is much raging against the true church right now.

There are many who boast in so-called victories against the true church. But since before the world began, it was the Lord’s plan for these boasters to conquer for a short time, so His people would turn back and He would save them.

If you are disobeying Him, repent now.

If you are bent on disobeying and refuse, Satan will try to destroy you, and the Lord may very well let him.

And you will watch Him save those who do repent and cling to Him — a faithful remnant.

To those who cling to Him like Hezekiah, the Lord says do not tremble in these days, for He is Faithful and True.

 

COMMENTARY ON JOHN 14

The Book of John is unique among the Gospel accounts. You may read it when you are yet in shallow waters near the shore, and you will find Jesus there. You may read it and find yourself totally immersed in deep truths about God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Sometimes I will go deep, and if it is too much, don’t worry! Stay in the shallow waters for a bit. He will take you deeper, as you get to know Him!

The whole book of John is full of powerful and life-giving truths. But John 14! My heart sings! I said to the Lord, “I won’t be able to contain myself!” And I believe He said, “Then don’t!” Hallelujah! So excuse all the exclamation points . . . I’m having a glory moment!

Verse 1 — The disciples were troubled, indeed. He had just told them that He would be with them only a little while longer, and they would not be able to come where He was about to go!

So what did He say? “Not your heart be troubled (roiled, stirred, agitated)! Believe in God, believe also in Me!” The original Greek does not say “Do not let,” because that would mean it is something WE can do. But when He commands, “Not be troubled,” it must be so.

IMPORTANT POINT: Is your heart troubled? Do you feel like Jesus is not with you? Don’t rely on feelings. Believe! Now, if you are willfully disobeying Him, your sin separates you from Him. But if you repent (turn away from your sin and ask Him to forgive you), He will come to you.

Verses 2-3 — Oh, not your heart be troubled!!! Why? Because there are many dwelling places in His Father’s house. He would not have said so if it were not true. He never lies.

He was leaving His disciples, but He was going to prepare a place for them, in His Father’s house! And He would come and receive them (bring near, geographically) to Himself so they would be where He is. Holy intimacy with Jesus in His Father’s house! Oh, my!

IMPORTANT POINTS: If you are His disciple, one who follows (obeys) Him, then He is preparing a place for you, too!

And He would not go and prepare a place for you if He was not going to come and receive you to Himself, so you are where He is — in His Father’s house, in holy intimacy with Him!

Verses 4-6 — And you know (perfect intimate knowledge in view) the way I am going, He promises. But Thomas doesn’t understand. We don’t know where you are going — how can we know the way?

Now for another great I AM statement from the I AM, the always existing God the Son, who was and is and ever will be! Sorry for all the exclamations, but I’m rejoicing! Why?

I AM the way, the truth, and the life, says Jesus. No one can come to the Father unless they come through Me.

He is the one and only God the Son who is the one and only WAY (the only means) to the Father, the one and only source of TRUTH (the reality lying at the basis of appearance, the manifested, veritable essence of the matter, embodied in Him), and the one and only Giver of eternal LIFE, zoe, life as God has it!

He says they know perfectly through intimate knowledge, but they do not yet. From this point on, You will hear Jesus speak as if Pentecost has already happened, so they may know how wonderfully their eyes of their hearts will be enlightened and flooded with light (see Ephesians 1:18)!

IMPORTANT POINT:  People say there are many ways (many religions) that lead to God. That is simply not true. There is only one way to the true and living God, who is God the Father.

You are only able to be in the Father’s house, a member of His family, a child of His, if you believe in Jesus Christ. It must be more than a few words at an altar — there must be a reflection of His divine character and attributes in your life, as evidence of His divine influence on your heart.

Then, when your body falls away and you stand before Him, He will say, This one is mine! “Well done, good and faithful slave! You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your Master!” (See Matthew 25:21.) Enter into His joy! Hallelujah! And He also promises that His joy will be in you here and now, to the full (John 15:11). Imagine that! No, don’t just imagine, believe and ask Him to do it in you! He will show you that it is true, if you believe.

Verses 7-9 — Jesus then tells them that if they knew Him, they would know His Father also. They had not known the Father, but from now on (He refers to Pentecost), they would know the Father. They have seen the Father — they just don’t understand yet.

Philip’s question reveals that lack of understanding. Show us the Father, he said. That will be enough to ease our troubled hearts. But Jesus said He had been with them all this time, and yet they did not know Jesus Christ. He is the exact representation of the Father, the image of the invisible God (Hebrews 1:2, Colossians 1:13). So why did Philip ask this foolish question, “Show us the Father?” They would receive eyes to see the truth, when Pentecost came.

IMPORTANT POINT:  Many people believe in the idea of Jesus, but they do not perfectly and intimately know Him. They know about Him. They are like His disciples before Pentecost. They saw His miracles, they heard His words, but they still could not see. Ask Him to open your eyes, to give you a personal Pentecost! You will be amazed and rejoice and worship Him forever!

Verse 10 — Jesus is in the Father, and the Father is in Jesus. He is God the Son, in God the Father, geographically located with Him, so to speak. And God the Father is geographically located in Jesus Christ. How? He was fully God the Son and fully man when He was on the earth, and He was full of the Holy Spirit.

Therefore, He does not speak on His own initiative, but God the Father who remains and dwells in Jesus does His works through Jesus Christ. You won’t speak on your own initiative either, when God the Father is in you.

IMPORTANT POINT: Many who know about Jesus speak their own words and do natural works on their own initiative. But disciples who perfectly and intimately know God the Father and God the Son (because They dwell in them) would never say some of the things that are said in pulpits and books today. They would speak only God’s words and do only God’s works.

Verses 11-12 — Why do true disciples do and say only what God does and says? Why must He dwell in you? So people will believe. Jesus says, Believe Me. Simply believe Me. But if you can’t simply believe Me, believe because these are God things that I do. That can only happen if the Father abides in you.

Truly, truly, He said. A great and important truth! If you believe in Me, you will do the works I do. Not only that, you will do greater, because I go to the Father. What a promise! What could we possibly do that was greater than the works Jesus Christ did when He was on the earth?

It is “because I go to the Father.” What was going to happen when He went to the Father? He would be glorified, and the Holy Spirit would be poured into those waiting in the upper room (John 7:39). That meant the Father and the Son would abide in them. That meant they would be able to go to others, and these others would experience their own personal Pentecost. I’m getting ahead of myself, I know, but I can’t help it! Keep following Jesus’ words.

Verses 13-14 — Whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, so that the Father will be glorified in the Son. If you ask me ANYTHING in My name, I will do it.

Whatever! Anything! So you can say, “Aren’t I great?” No! It is so the Father will be glorified because you can only do what you do because you believe in Jesus Christ, and the Father and He abide (dwell and remain) in you!! And all must agree that the promise of the Father is true (Acts 1:4).

Verses 15-16 — If you love Jesus Christ, you will obey Him. AND. This word is left out of many versions and translations of the Bible. But it is there, in the original Greek. If you love Jesus, you will obey Him, AND then He will ask the Father, and the Father will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever. Your love and obedience to Jesus Christ are the conditions for the Father to send you the Helper, which Jesus will explain is the Holy Spirit.

Verse 17 — This Helper is the Spirit of truth. He embodies truth, and declares only God’s truth. What keeps the world from receiving (accepting and being filled with) the Holy Spirit? They do not believe. They do not see the Holy Spirit. They do not have intimate knowledge of the Holy Spirit.

Why “cannot” they believe? They refuse Christ. They don’t want to think of themselves as sinners in need of a Savior. They consider the cross to be foolishness (1Corinthians 1:8).

The disciples had Jesus Christ WITH them. He stayed WITH them, when He walked the earth, and the Holy Spirit was IN Him. God walked WITH them. But He was about to be glorified, and that is not how it is to be, now that He is glorified. The Holy Spirit will soon be IN them, for He promises, “and will be IN you.”

Verses 18-20 — He will not leave them as orphans, as children with no Father. He will come to them. Soon, the world will not physically see Jesus Christ. But His disciples, all who believe in Him, will see Him. How? Their spiritual eyes will be opened at Pentecost! And because Jesus Christ lives eternally, so will they!

When will it happen? On that day. On a particular day. On your day of Pentecost.

Then you will perfectly know that Jesus Christ’s words are true — He is in the Father, and the Father is in Him, AND Jesus Christ is IN you! Glory to God!

He did not stay in the tomb! He took your sin and mine on that cross. But that wasn’t the end of it. He rose again, to give us eternal life and to be glorified so we may have this wonderful “and will be IN you!” And you will speak the Father’s words and do the Father’s works, and you will know God perfectly and intimately. Hallelujah!

Verse 21 — Here is the condition of the promise He has given: you must love Christ. If you have and keep His commandments (know them and keep them to the best of your knowledge), then you love Him. If you obey Him, that means you love Him.
Because you obey Him, thus revealing that you love Him, then the Father will love you, too. He will love you with His love, the same love the Father has for the Son. And Jesus Christ will love you with the same love the Father has for the Son. And Jesus Christ will disclose Himself, reveal Himself to you.

And then you will be filled with His Spirit, and  love with His love, and you will be able to read 1Corinthians 13 and know that you have, that you literally possess, the love of God. His love is literally inside of you! So all that you say is exactly what you hear the Father say and all that you do is exactly what you see the Father doing. And Jesus Christ and the Father are glorified.

Per 1Corinthians 13, it is possible to practice the spiritual gifts (1Corinthians 12) and lack His love. But all your practicing is nothing, unless you do so in the very love of God, with His actual love in your heart. Some in the churches that believe the spiritual gifts are “for today” go astray in this, as we see in Paul’s letters to the Corinthians.

Verses 22-24 — Judas (not Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Him) asked how they would be able to see Jesus and the world would not? The world does not love and obey Him. If you love Jesus Christ, you obey His word. And His word will be, “Stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high,” (Luke 24:49). Then you will have the power to obey Me fully. We cannot obey in our own strength. We are bound to fail. We must have new hearts that respond to His every whisper (Ezekiel 36:26-27). That is the promise of the Father.

The world will not obey His commands which reveals that they do not love. Those are the Father’s words, not Jesus’ own words. And therefore they will not stay and will not receive power to obey. They have rejected Christ. But if you DO obey, Jesus repeats that His Father will love you!

AND . . . We (God the Father and God the Son) will come to you and make Their abode with you — they will dwell in you permanently. And their love will dwell in you permanently! And their power will dwell in you permanently!

Verses 25-26 — He spoke these things while abiding WITH his disciples. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, who will be IN you, will teach them all things, and cause them to remember ALL of Jesus’ words to them. The Gospels are inspired by the Holy Spirit, not just some stories written by men. The disciples who wrote them were able to do so because the Holy Spirit reminded them of ALL of Jesus’ words.

Verse 27 — Jesus speaks again to the disciples’ (and our) fear. He is going away. They cannot come YET, but will follow later (John 13:36). Here is what He leaves with them, until they can follow later. Peace, but not just any peace. HIS peace. When you observe Christians who are not beside themselves with worry and concern in this ever-crazier world, you know they have His peace. It is not the world’s peace, which is fleeting and capricious. It is His. Not your heart be troubled! Not be fearful!

Verse 28 — If the disciples had understood, they would have rejoiced that He was going way, because He was going to the Father, who is greater than Him. This speaks again of the Trinity — God the Father being greater than God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit who will fill you and who brooded over the waters at the Creation, poised to bring to pass all of the “Let there be’s” in Genesis 1.

Verses 29-30 — Jesus tells them ahead of time. That way, when it happens, they will believe. There is no question, when the promise of the Father comes to you, when you are filled with God, that you can disbelieve. Amen!

But Jesus says the ruler of this world is coming. Satan is about to complete His plan, using His children — the Jewish elite who reject their Christ. But Satan has nothing in Christ. He has no case against Christ. He has no rights toward Christ. He is about to be soundly and permanently disarmed and publicly defeated —

Colossians 2:13-15 When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, 14 having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him (that is, God the Father).

Verse 31 — This was all about to happen so that the world would know that Jesus Christ loved the Father and was a totally obedient Son, doing exactly what the Father commanded (see Philippians 2:6-11), emptying Himself of His glory and obedient to the point of death on a cross! Thanks be to God. Have this same humbleness in yourself, dear reader, for the Father shall surely exalt you at the proper time (1Peter 5:6)!! It is altogether lovely, altogether powerful!

Then Jesus says, “Get up, let us go from here.” He is about to begin the trek to the Garden of Gethsemane. On the way, He will pass the Temple. And that is where Chapter 15 begins. May all of this bless you and make you hungry and thirsty for righteousness, for you will surely be filled (Matthew 5:6)! Hallelujah!

WARNING

[SW236] 06/17/2016 message notes by

Reverend/Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2016

“Warning”

What are the motives for not warning? And for warning? What are the consequences for not warning? And the results of warning?

This message came to me on Tuesday morning, after praying to the Lord. I had no agenda, just some scriptures I had on a list for upcoming messages. But none of them seemed like they were for this week’s message. So I asked the Lord and waited. Jonah came into my thoughts, and the Holy Spirit unfolded this message to me.

Text: Jonah 1:1-3 and forward

Background:

Nineveh was the greatest of the capitals of the Assyrian Empire with a population of possibly 600,000. It was in present day Iraq.

The Lord saw that the city was filled with exceedingly great wickedness/evil — idol worship, burning children as sacrifices to false gods, sexual sin, perversions of all kinds, and more.

The Lord commanded Jonah to go to Nineveh and cry against (call out to, preach to) the city. He was to warn Nineveh of God’s imminent judgment of them.

But Jonah disobeyed and fled from the Lord! What follows can be applied to him, and applied to us today.

What is the motive for not warning?

— Do not warn because the people may turn away from their wickedness and the Lord will save them. Jonah did not want them to turn and be saved (see 4:2). He wanted God to judge them. He had no compassion toward them, so he fled.

What is the motive for warning?

— It is the same motive! When you warn, the people may turn away from their wickedness and the Lord will save them. You want them to turn and be saved! So you warn, because you do not want them to be judged and perish.

You have compassion toward them. That’s why you warn them. Do you see it?

What are the consequences of not warning?

— For Jonah’s disobedience by not warning, it was calamity and the peril of imminent death, knowing why.

— For the sailors, because of Jonah’s disobedience, it was calamity and the peril of imminent death, initially not knowing why.

— For Nineveh, it was imminent calamity and death, not knowing why because there was no warning from God.

What are the results of warning?

— The sailors were saved from death. They cast lots to determine that Jonah was the cause of the storm. He confessed that he was. Then he told them to throw him overboard so the sea would become calm. They hesitated because they were afraid to harm the prophet of God. But they finally threw him over, and the sea immediately was calm. Then they worshiped God.

— Jonah was saved from death. He repented to God in the belly of the fish, promising to go to Nineveh. Then the Lord commanded the fish to vomit him up on dry land. He was saved from death because he repented and promised to obey God.

— Nineveh was saved from death. Jonah warned the people of Nineveh. Three days were needed to travel the entire area of the city. But after just one day of warning, Nineveh’s king commanded the entire city, even its animals, to fast and wear sackcloth, as a sign of repentance toward God. They were saved because they believed God and repented.

Jonah was greatly displeased (4:1). He knew the Lord would hear and see their repentance. He knew that the Lord was gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness. That’s why he ran.

But God rebuked Jonah. Do you have a good reason to be angry? Jonah waited to see if Nineveh might still be destroyed. He hoped they wouldn’t repent. He was still angry.

In the Lord’s final rebuke of Jonah after Nineveh was saved, He said this:

— Shouldn’t I have compassion on the foolish who do not know the difference between their right and left hand?

The Lord called Jonah out for his lack of compassion, first in not warning, and then hoping that the city and its people would still be destroyed after he warned them.

This is the compassion of God — He doesn’t desire that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

If you do not warn, the unrighteous will perish. Beloved, Ezekiel 33:8 is still true in the New Testament. Paul warned the Ephesians, in Acts 20:26, so he was innocent of their blood. Paul was filled with the Holy Spirit, filled with God’s own compassion!

The great day of God’s judgment is coming (Revelation 20:11ff). Should we not have compassion and warn? There are so many who will be judged unless they repent, and warning causes repentance.

If you have the Lord’s compassion for them, you will preach, proclaim, and cry out to them.

Romans 10:13-14 for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 14 How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?

But remember as you preach that such were some of you, before you were saved, so you will be humble in warning them.

Ephesians 2:3 Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.

1Corinthians 6:9   Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals,  10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

Such were some of you! What a good word! You were that, but then the Lord washed, sanctified and justified you. Will He not do the same if people turn when you warn them?

Do not flee, but do as the Lord commands you. If you have fled from His command to warn the lost because you want them to perish, repent most heartily and ask the Lord to fill you with His Holy Spirit so you have His compassion the lost.

If you have fled from His command because of public opinion, or because you think it is more compassionate to love those who are doomed, repent and do what pleases God. Ask Him to fill you with His Holy Spirit so you have His compassion, not the human version, toward the lost.

COMMENTARY ON JOHN 13

The Book of John is unique among the Gospel accounts. You may read it when you are yet in shallow waters near the shore, and you will find Jesus there. You may read it and find yourself totally immersed in deep truths about God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Sometimes I will go deep, and if it is too much, don’t worry! Stay in the shallow waters for a bit. He will take you deeper, as you get to know Him!

In John 13, you will see Jesus as the Ultimate Servant and His call for us to do likewise. Jesus again warns His disciples ahead of time of His betrayal by one of the Twelve, and gives us a new commandment. Walk through it with me!

Verse 1 — Jesus Christ is the true Passover Lamb. By His blood, and by faith in Him, death will pass you over. Your body will wear out and fall away, but if He is in you, then you have His eternal life in you here and now, and you will eternally live with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit when your body dies.

It was important for me to say all of that because His appointed time had be at the Feast of the Passover — this particular Passover. The Passover in the Book of Exodus was a shadow of Christ’s work. The divinely appointed time had come for the true Lamb to be sacrificed.

He knew ahead of time that He would depart this world.

He loved His own who were in the world; He loved them with His divine love.

He loved them to the end (to the uttermost).

How did He express that love?

IMPORTANT POINT: Jesus knows everything in advance because He is God the Son, though while He was on the earth, He was born, lived and was crucified in a human body. Do you see that there is nothing He does not know about you? Do you see that the Old Testament prophecies and laws were fulfilled by Him? Then you know He is indeed God the Son.

Verse 2 — This was the time of the Lord’s Supper described in Matthew, Mark and Luke. When Judas ate with the rest, the devil already put into the heart of Judas to betray Jesus. But Jesus knew (see John 6:70 and 17:12). Judas’ betrayal was prophesied long, long ago (see verse 18 and Psalm 41:9).

Verses 3-5 — All things had been given into Jesus’ hands by the Father. Jesus had come forth from God, and was about to go back to Him.

And even though He knew that He came from a position of honor and glory that He had held for eternity, and even though He knew He was going back to God the Father, He was a servant to those who followed Him.

Foot washers were the lowest of servants in any household. They had to clean the dirt and grime and animal dung from the dinner guests’ feet, before they reclined at table, leaning on one arm.

Yet Jesus took off His garments. [I see a parallel here — He divested Himself of His heavenly glory (see Philippians 2:7) and was clothed in a human body.]

Then He took up a foot washer’s uniform — a towel — and wrapped it around Himself. He would wear nothing at all when He hung on a cross in the ultimate act of His service to mankind.

And then He washed the feet of His disciples and wiped them with the towel He had wrapped around Himself.

IMPORTANT POINT #1: If all things are given into Jesus Christ’s hands, that means He is in control of and has authority over all things.

Will you trust Him, then, to do what He promises to do? Even more, will you trust Him enough to fully surrender your heart to Him?

IMPORTANT POINT #2: Meditate on the degree to which Jesus humbled Himself by washing the feet of His disciples.

IMPORTANT POINT #3: I have had my feet washed, and indeed, it not only required me to be humble in order to allow it, but it was very humbling to watch as my fellow believers did it. And I have washed the feet of fellow believers, thanks be to God’s work in my heart! My feet have been washed by those I love, and I have washed the feet of those I love.

Verses 6-7 — Simon Peter questioned Jesus. Why would you wash my feet, Lord? Jesus said Peter did not realize what He was doing at the time, but would understand later.

IMPORTANT POINT: Be assured that if you do not understand what Jesus is doing now, Do not question, but obey.

Verses 8-11 — Peter’s reaction was to refuse to let Jesus wash his feet. “Never!” Peter didn’t understand why Jesus humbled Himself. He was their Teacher, their Lord, after all. He was higher than them. That wasn’t a job for Him to do.

Then Jesus shocked him. If Peter didn’t allow Jesus to wash him, Peter had no part (was not joined) with Him. You must be humble before Him and let Him do what He must do. When you do not refuse Him, you reveal that you are joined with Him.

I’m adding the Greek translations next, because there are several words for “clean” and “wash” in this passage, and if you don’t know the meanings, it will be difficult to understand.

Peter said, “Lord, then all of me, not just my feet.” Wash all of me! But Jesus said anyone who has bathed (washed the whole person), needs only to wash (cleanse) his feet but is otherwise completely clean (pure). He told His disciples that they were clean (pure), but not all of them. Peter was clean, but he still needed his feet cleansed. And note that Jesus knew the one who was not clean — the one who would betray Him.

The disciples’ feet were what they walked on. And that part of them, their walk, needed to be cleansed.

What did Jesus mean by saying they were pure because of His words (see John 15:3). If you receive His words into yourself, they make you hunger and thirst to be filled with righteousness, and when He fills you with His Spirit, your whole heart is purified (Acts 15:9).

What do I mean by having your “walk cleansed?” Peter and the rest would find that when Pentecost came, they would suddenly be empowered to walk (live and behave) like Jesus in this world, because they would have His divine nature and character, be filled with His love, and have completely purified hearts.

But Jesus had to die, be raised, ascend, and be glorified before that happened. Today, when  you ask Him to fill you with His Holy Spirit, you will find that He has given you the power to walk as He did in this world.

IMPORTANT POINT #1: You must see Jesus as a Servant. And you must allow Him to do what only He can do. If you are joined to Him, if you are His and He is yours, you will obey Him.

IMPORTANT POINT #2: You may not fully understand what Jesus is doing, but obey Him. His actions always have a purpose, though you might not know His purpose when He asks you. But obey Him. He will show you “why” later.

Verses 12-15 — Remember that I began by saying Jesus humbled Himself as the lowliest of servants. Now it was time for a lesson.

He put His clothes back on (I see Him returning to His position of glory at the right hand of the Father after He rose and ascended and was glorified). Then He reclined once again at the table, and began to teach them. “Do you understand what I have done?”

Jesus said, You call Me Lord, and you are right, for so I am. I am above you, I am greater than you. So if I did this for you, then you ought to do (you are under obligation to do) the same for each other. I have given you an example, so you might do the same. Humble yourselves as the lowliest of servants. Be a servant to one another. Wash one another’s feet.

But didn’t I say that when you are filled with the Spirit, your walk is cleansed? Why, then, would you need to wash each others’ feet?

From my own experience, I will tell you that even after you are purified and you have Jesus’ divine nature and character in you, there will still be times when you err.

When I say, “err,” I don’t mean willfully disobeying God (sin), but those times when you misjudge fellow believers, or offend them without realizing you have done it.

It is then that you must wash the feet of the one you misjudged or offended. It is not difficult when you are filled with the Spirit. You will not object, but because the Lord has transformed your heart, you be humble and will want do it.

IMPORTANT POINT: The words of Jesus purify you, as you receive them and take them into yourself. But there is more.

The Lord humbled Himself even to death on a cross so you would be empowered to live like He did in this world. You must humble yourself by asking Him to fill you with His Spirit. It is the cross He says you must take up (Matthew 10:380. It is the crucifixion of self (Galatians 2:20).

Then you will be humble, and will freely agree when you have erred toward other believers. You will wash their feet, and they will wash yours. So, like Him, you will be humble servants to one another.

Verses 16-17 — A slave is not greater than his master. You are not greater than Me, Jesus told them. And I am not greater than the Father who sent Me. I serve Him.

So if you know (completely understand) these things. You will do them. And you are blessed. Why? Because He has revealed their meaning to you. And if He has revealed their meaning to you, then you know you are joined with Him. That is the blessing Jesus referred to.

Verses 18-19 — Jesus knew the ones He had chosen, including Judas, who He knew would betray Him. He quoted Psalm 41:9, written prophetically by David, and said this prophecy was about to be fulfilled. One of them would lift up his heel against Jesus (indicating a treacherous act).

Why do I say David was a prophet?  Jesus said David spoke in the Holy Spirit, with the Spirit upon him (Mark 12:35 and elsewhere).

He told the disciples beforehand, so when they saw it happen, they would know He is the I AM, the always existent God the Son.

Verse 20 — To receive means to accept, to take hold of.  The opposite is to reject. If you receive, accept, and take hold of Susan Wynn, who was sent out by Jesus Christ, you receive, accept and take hold of  Jesus Christ. If you receive, accept, and take hold of Jesus Christ, you receive, accept and take hold of God the Father who sent Him.

Today, many people reject believers in Jesus Christ. When they do, they reject not only you, but Jesus Christ Himself, and His Father.

Verse 21-22 — Then He became stirred up, and said directly that one of the Twelve would betray Him. The disciples’ reaction was to wonder, “Who is it? Is it me? Is it him?”

Verses 23-27 — The disciple whom Jesus loved was John. In each gospel, the writer never identifies himself in the course of giving his account of Jesus Christ.

John was next to Jesus. Remember, to recline at the table was to lean on one arm and rest on your side with your legs stretched slightly away from the table. And that was where John was. So he was able to lean back and rest his head on the Lord’s chest.

Peter was seated further away from Jesus, so he asked John to ask Jesus who would betray Him.

Jesus answered, telling John to look for the disciple for whom Jesus would dip a morsel (a piece of bread or meat dipped into a broth) and then give it to him. He gave the morsel to Judas.

Then Satan, who had already put it in Judas’ heart to betray Jesus, literally entered Judas. Jesus then said, “What you do, do quickly.” Jesus knew when Satan entered Judas.

Verses 28-30 — The others didn’t understand Jesus when He sent Judas away. They thought He was sending Judas, who held the money bag, to buy more food, or give something to the poor. And Judas quickly went out. And it was night.

It was night in many ways for Judas. The prince of darkness had entered him. He now belonged to Satan, and would do Satan’s will.

Verses 31-32 — Would you think that, knowing He was about to be betrayed, Jesus would say, “Now I will be glorified, and My Father will be glorified by what I am about to do?”  Where is the glory in that?

But Jesus knew the result of what He was about to do would glorify Himself, because He would be fulfilling the scriptures regarding the Messiah (Christ), proving that He was the Messiah.

And it would glorify the Father, because His coming, His death on the cross, forgiveness of sins, and the infilling of the Holy Spirit are promises of God. The Father would be given honor because He would do what He said He would do.

Jesus said only God is able to glorify Him. And if God is glorified in Him (through what He is about to do) God would also glorify His Son in Himself (bringing Him to the glory He had before the world began, per John 17:5). And it would be done immediately. It was the divinely appointed time.

Verses 33-35 — Little children. Ones that are young in faith, little faiths. Ones that could not yet receive all that He had. He was with them just a little while longer. They would seek Him. But just as He said to the Jewish elite, where He was going, they could not go. Imagine their fear! Jesus, our Teacher and Lord, is leaving us! We can’t go where He is going!

Then He gave them a new commandment. It was new — never spoken by God until that moment. What was it? That they love one another in the very same way He had loved them. He would make the way for them to love one another with His love.

But they could not love that way until they were filled with the Holy Spirit, and by the Holy Spirit, filled with God’s actual love (Romans 5:5). Then they would love Him and their fellow believers with His love.

And after Pentecost, when their hearts were filled with God’s actual love and they  loved each other with God’s actual love, all men knew that they were disciples of Jesus Christ.

IMPORTANT POINT: This truth about God’s actual love filling our hearts is rarely taught. As a result, many in the church are still little children who do not love with God’s actual love. And so, they behave like children.

They are not selfless, but very interested in their own rights being upheld. They fight over things that are of little significance, they argue over who is the greatest, they are jealous of one another, and all of that ugliness.

So all men see that the church is like all men. O Lord, would that the church receive the truth and be transformed by being filled with the Holy Spirit and Your actual love!

Verse 36 — Peter asked where Jesus was going. Jesus said you can’t follow Me now, but you will follow Me later. What did He mean? Because their hearts were His, they would live with God the Father and God the Son forever, after their lives on earth were done.

Verse 37-38 — Peter said, why can’t I follow You? I’ll die for You. The Lord prophesied that Peter would deny him three times before the rooster crowed to signal the next day.

IMPORTANT POINT — You will soon learn that Peter did not keep his promise, just as Jesus prophesied. When you are filled with His Spirit and crucified with Him (Galatians 2:20), because you will have died to your selfishness. Until then, you are not able to die for Him, even if your emotions say you are able. He is the only one who can make you able.

SHEEP WITHOUT A SHEPHERD

[SW235] 06/10/2016 message notes by

Reverend/Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2016

“Sheep Without a Shepherd”

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Mark 6:34 When Jesus went out, He saw a large crowd, and He felt compassion for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things.

Lord, You say that many in your church are like sheep without a shepherd. You feel compassion for them. And so you teach them many things today. May they hear Your voice and run to You!

You say they do not understand that they are listening to those who are not Your shepherds at all. They listen to and heed the voices of those who are strangers to You.

Your name, Your character, and Your nature are perverted by the false shepherds Your people follow.

Your people are led by ones who call evil good and good evil, and say, “Peace, peace,” when there is no peace with You (Jeremiah 6:14), instead of exhorting the sheep to repent.

Why do the sheep follow false shepherds?

Because of His great compassion for you, He tells you this truth.

It is your own fault.

The Lord says that His words, you do not want to hear.

2Timothy 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,  and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.

False shepherds will tell you what you want to hear, rather than telling you the truth that you need to hear.

They will preach a message that is pleasing to your ears.

Many have already piled up false shepherds around themselves. Such a thing could not take place in Paul’s and Timothy’s day. It is only in our era of television evangelism and Internet evangelism that it is possible to pile up so many around themselves.

They have not heeded Paul’s warning to the Ephesians, nor do they even know it exists, because they do not know Your Word but depend on false shepherds to feed them —

Acts 20:29-30 “I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock;  and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them.

False shepherds are savage wolves in sheep’s clothing. They look like you. They dress like you. But they speak distortion and corruption. Satan uses them to twist the Word of God, and they draw people away to themselves, for personal gain.

The Lord says many of you idolize the false shepherds like you worship movie stars.

Hosea 4:6  My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.

Because you have rejected knowledge,

I will also reject you from being My priest.

A few years ago, I taught a free course on the Book of John at a university. One of the students was a pastor’s wife.

During one class, I was teaching on some of Jesus’ harsh words to the religious — those who have a system of beliefs, but do not intimately know God the Father at all.

The pastor’s wife  exclaimed, “I don’t understand! I have never heard this before!” Her husband apparently did not teach the whole Word, but just the ear-tickling parts.

Your people do not know you intimately, Lord, so they do not know the voice of the Good Shepherd.

Therefore, the sheep follow after the voices of strangers, those who do not even know You, Lord. You have rejected and will yet reject those false shepherds.

Here is your promise to Your sheep, if they will repent from following after false shepherds, and return to You —

Jeremiah 3:15   “Then I will give you shepherds after My own heart (the current ones are not), who will feed you on knowledge (root yada, to know by experiencing) and understanding (attentiveness to the Lord is in view).”

True shepherds are shepherds after God’s own heart — those who keep His commands, regardless of the cost, even if they lose the support of their people.

True shepherds will not teach you that Jesus came to be your personal amusement park, for your own pleasure. They will not feed you spiritual junk food, but will feed you what you need.

They will teach you that you need a 24/7 connection to the Lord, so you are able to be attentive to the Lord, growing and prospering in Him, and a witness that He is, and He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). And they teach you how to make that connection — by being filled with the Holy Spirit.

Psalm 78:72  So he shepherded them according to the integrity (completeness, cleanness) of his heart, and guided them with his skillful (wise) hands.

True shepherds have the Lord’s divine nature (2Peter 1:4) and character, because God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are in them. They have hearts cleansed and filled with God’s love, and they will guide you with God’s wisdom, not man’s. Their motives are the same as the Lord’s.

1John 2:6 the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.

True shepherds walk as Jesus walked on this earth. They speak as He did, and live as He did. They live for Him alone.

2Timothy 2:15 Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing (making a straight cut, dissecting and expounding) the word of truth.

True shepherds study the Word of God, not just for a sermon, but they carve time out of every day to simply meditate upon it in the presence of the Lord.

They revere the Word of God and speak the whole counsel of God, not ear-tickling tidbits.

2Timothy 4:1-2   I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom:  preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.

True shepherds preach the Word, not their opinions. They are ready to preach it always, no matter what the circumstances. They reprove, they rebuke, they exhort. And they do it with great patience and sound teaching.

1Timothy 5:20 Those who continue in sin, rebuke in the presence of all, so that the rest also may fear.

True shepherds judge sin and rebuke those who continue sin in front of the whole congregation (see 1Corinthians 5:3-4).  That is God’s truth.

The Lord says that today is the day to turn from the false shepherds, because they are not shepherds at all and have deceived you.

O sheep without a shepherd, if you see that you have piled up around you and listened to and worshiped those who tell you what you want to hear rather than what you need to hear, turn now!

Acknowledge your iniquity, beloved. Ask the Lord to forgive you, and get into the Word of God so you know the Good Shepherd’s voice. Then He will lead you to a true shepherd. Amen.

COMMENTARY ON JOHN 12

The Book of John is unique among the Gospel accounts. You may read it when you are yet in shallow waters near the shore, and you will find Jesus there. You may read it and find yourself totally immersed in deep truths about God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Sometimes I will go deep, and if it is too much, don’t worry! Stay in the shallow waters for a bit. He will take you deeper, as you get to know Him!

In John 12, you will see many things: 1) what it is to truly worship Jesus Christ; 2) betrayal comes from followers, not the world that already hated and still hates Jesus; 3) Jesus’ life and death were exactly according to the Old Testament (OT) prophecies about Him; 4) Jesus knew in advance everything that would happen to Him; 5) the blind Jewish elite remain blind, just according to Isaiah’s prophecy; 6) precisely what blinds the Jewish elite; and 7) Jesus never stops preaching repentance and salvation. Let’s dig in!

Verses 1-3 — Jesus was just a couple of miles from Jerusalem, at the house of Martha, Mary and Lazarus, having supper. And Mary took a pound of very costly perfume — pure nard worth a year’s wages ($30,000 in today’s wages). She anointed Jesus’ feet with it and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the nard.

IMPORTANT POINT #1 — True worship means surrendering your entire heart to the Lord. He doesn’t want your physical heart. He doesn’t want the human love you were born with. He doesn’t want your natural life, or your career. He wants the part of you that can’t be weighed or measured. It is the part of you that is priceless. When you offer that to Him, it means you are setting yourself apart for Him. That’s what “holy” means. And it is pleasing to Him. It is worship to Him (see Romans 12:1). He smells its fragrance, and just like Mary’s pure nard, the fragrance fills the air all around you. You have surrendered to Him. So He will fill you with His Spirit and His love.
IMPORTANT POINT #2 — Mary’s act of anointing Him and then wiping His feet with her hair was pure humility. She had to get down on her knees, because He was reclining at the table, as was the custom in that day. And she wiped His feet with her hair. In that day, hair was a woman’s crowning glory. It was never allowed to hang loose. She had to let her hair down. To let your hair down in public was considered disgraceful conduct. But she didn’t care. She humbled herself before the Lord in every way that she knew to humble herself. That is a fundamental element of true worship!

Verses 4-6 — Judas Iscariot responded by scolding her. The nard could have been sold for a high price, and the proceeds given to the poor. But he was a thief. He had his hand in the money bag, and would have taken some of the proceeds for himself. The other gospel accounts record that all the disciples also scolded her. But Judas’ reasons were entirely selfish.

IMPORTANT POINT —  Do not be surprised if you are scolded as Mary was, when you worship Jesus Christ by offering that priceless part of you to Him. But who will scold you? Those who have not surrendered fully to the Lord, because your act of worship reveals to them that they have not yet fully surrendered. I do not mean to indict the church; it is simply a truth.

Verses 7-8 — Jesus rebuked the disciples for scolding Mary. The nard she poured upon Him was His anointing for His burial. The poor would always be with them, but He would not always be with them.

IMPORTANT POINT #1 — The Lord is available here and now, for you to truly worship Him by offering that priceless part of you to Him. At the time of His wrath at end of things, He will withdraw His grace. It is a limited time offer.

IMPORTANT POINT #2 — The church seeks to eliminate poverty by natural means. But it cannot be done. The economically poor will always be with us. The church’s focus should be the relief of spiritual poverty, by exhorting people to repent from their sin and believe on the name of Jesus Christ.

Verses 9-11 — The Jewish elite now had two targets: Jesus Christ, and Lazarus who was raised from the dead. Large crowds came to see both of them. So the Jewish elite planned to kill both of them. Why? Because Lazarus was walking, talking evidence that Jesus was God the Son, causing the people to believe in Him. So both Lazarus and Jesus were a threat to their place and position.

IMPORTANT POINT — The motive to kill or silence is always pride, power, prestige, place and position.

Verses 12-16 — Jesus entered Jerusalem just as was prophesied in Psalm 118:24-26. He came on a donkey, just as was prophesied in Zechcariah 9:9.

The disciples didn’t understand that Jesus was fulfilling these prophecies, at that moment. Later, when they were filled with the Spirit, they remembered the prophecies and understood.

IMPORTANT POINT: The Holy Spirit inspired men to write the Word of God. Therefore, when you are filled with Him, He will continually “connect the dots” so you are able to see the whole picture of God the Father’s plan, from Genesis to Revelation. And you will know that God the Son is the fulfillment of His plan to reconcile you to Himself and fill you with His Holy Spirit.

Verses 17-19 —  When Jesus raised Lazarus, the people who were eyewitnesses couldn’t stop talking about the miracle they had seen. As a result, many who had not seen the miracle believed in Jesus. The testimony of the eyewitnesses compelled them!

IMPORTANT POINT: When the Lord heals you, delivers you, fills you with His Holy Spirit and His love, your testimony will compel others to believe in Jesus Christ.

Verses 20-23 — The appearance of the Greeks who wanted to see Jesus was a sign to Jesus Christ. Until then, it was not yet the divinely appointed time for Him to be glorified.

The world would say, “Foolishness! How can someone be glorified by being condemned, scourged, and hung naked on a cross for all the world to see?”

Verses 24-26 — But Jesus answered the world. He was that grain of wheat. He had to fall to the earth. He had to die. Why? So He would bear much fruit. What fruit? He has brought, is bringing, and will yet bring many sons to glory (Hebrews 2:10). Many believe because of His death and resurrection.

IMPORTANT POINT #1 — Jesus said it is the same for you. In order for others to see Him in you (that is, to bear the fruit of His Spirit which will draw people to Jesus), you must fully surrender that priceless part of you that cannot be weighed or measured. It is a death of the old self, and resurrection with a cleansed, empowered heart filled with God’s actual love.

IMPORTANT POINT #2 — If you love your life in this world, that means you love the way you are and you love the things of the world. And you will ultimately lose your life permanently and eternally, when you are judged by Jesus Christ at the end of things. But if you hate the way you are and the things of the world, compared with His ways and His life (desiring what He desires and living the way He lives), you will be filled with His life, life as God has it, and you will live with Him forever when your body falls away in death.

IMPORTANT POINT #3 — You serve Jesus by surrendering completely to Him. He surrendered His glory in order to give you life. You must surrender, also. You take up your cross and follow (obey) Him. If you serve Him, God the Father will honor you. And you will ultimately be where He is, in the continual presence of God the Father.

Verses 27-30 — The soul of Jesus became troubled, agitated, stirred. He knew what was coming. His trial would be unfair. He would be judged by those who do not know God. He would be mocked. His scourging and death would be excruciating. But should He ask the Father to save Him? No. The Father sent Him to die so you and I may live.

Jesus did not want to be saved from that death. Father, glorify Your name (honor Your reputation) by what is about to happen.

How was the Father’s name glorified? Because He sent His one and only, always existent Son so if you believe in Him, you have eternal life. Out of  His love and mercy, He offered His Son on a cross. What a sacrifice He was willing to make, to forgive our sins against Him, purify our hearts and bring us into a holy, intimate relationship with Him!

The crowd suddenly heard something. Some only heard a noise like thunder. Others heard someone speaking, and assumed it was an angel. But Jesus said that voice came for their sakes, so they would know, by God the Father’s audible answer, that Jesus Christ is God the Son.

IMPORTANT POINT: “Don’t save me from mocking and persecution. Don’t save me from surrender of that priceless and unmeasurable part of me. When that part of me dies, many will find life in You through God the Son. Be glorified by it, Father!” Does your heart cry these words? Then you will be filled with all of God!

Verse 31 — Judgement is upon this earth, from the moment Jesus Christ spoke these words. Those who reject Him will be judged. Those who receive Him as God the Son will be saved. They will be exhorted to offer themselves fully to God, so they can be cleansed and filled and empowered.
The ruler of this world is also judged as of the moment Jesus spoke these words. Satan is the ruler of this world, the prince of the power of the air (Ephesians 2:2). He is cast out, expelled, driven away. By whom? By those who believe in Jesus Christ and surrender fully and wait to receive power from on high, when the Holy Spirit fills them. This power is not only the power to live like Christ, but the power (not just authority, as in Luke 10:19) to drive out Satan from his position as ruler. They are an occupying army, gojng in and possessing the land until Christ returns.

Verses 32-34 — Jesus called Himself the Son of Man, because He was fully human as well as fully God. He had to be fully human in order to be offered as the perfect sacrifice for your sin and mine. The sacrifice had to be perfect, spotless, without blemish. He was sinless.

When He was lifted up from the earth (crucified) He began to draw all men to Himself. They come and see, and some repent and are saved. Others are repulsed by Him, think His message is foolish, and reject Him.

The crowd understood the meaning of “lifted up.” But they said the Messiah would live forever — how could Jesus say He must be crucified? If Jesus was crucified, he would be dead. They didn’t understand that the OT clearly prophesied that the Messiah would die and then be resurrected. And they did not understand what He meant by “the Son of Man.”They did not know the scriptures, or the God who inspired them.

Verses 35-36 — Jesus said again that He is the Light of the world. He would only be with them for a little while longer. So, while they could hear His words, He exhorted them to walk with Him in His Light. Otherwise, the darkness would overtake (overwhelm) them and they would not know where they were going. But if they believed in Him, they would become sons of Light, even lights of the world so others could come into the light and out of darkness.

After He spoke these words, He went away. He did not run from them. He was hidden from them, concealed supernaturally.

Verses 37-41 — The signs Jesus Christ performed attested to the fact that He was God the Son. Despite those signs, some of the Jews did not believe in Him. It was the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy from Isaiah 53:1. They did not believe because they smeared over their eyes so they could not see and hardened their hearts (Isaiah 6:1ff). They refused to be converted and healed of their sin. Isaiah spoke these things because He saw the Lord, high and exalted, honored and glorified. Isaiah saw the Son of God in Isaiah 6:1, and spoke of Him.

IMPORTANT POINT #1 — You may wonder why many people refuse to believe today, even though attesting signs are done in Jesus’ name. Even today, there are those who refuse to see Jesus, smearing their own eyes over so they are blind. And even now, they refuse to receive Him into their hearts so they would be healed of their sin.

IMPORTANT POINT #2 — My hardened heart was softened when God the Father drew me, and by the influence of the Holy Spirit who helped me to see my sin. He opened my eyes to see Jesus as my Savior, Healer, and baptizer in the Holy Spirit. And so, when God said, “Who has believed Our message?” I said, “I have believed!” And the arm of the Lord, the power of God was revealed to me. I was healed of my sin, healed of MS. Then I surrendered myself wholly to Him, as a holy and pleasing sacrifice.

IMPORTANT POINT — If you will believe the message, the Lord will reveal His power to you.

Verses 42-43 — Some of the rulers believed that Jesus was the Messiah, the Christ, God the Son. But they refused to publicly confess their faith because they feared the Pharisees. Why? Those rulers would be completely cut off from the Jewish community. Banishment would have brought shame upon them, and they preferred to have the approval of men rather than the approval of God.

IMPORTANT POINT — It is a guarantee that when you surrender yourself wholly to God, there will be men who disapprove of you. That is because they have not done so.

Verses 44-46 — If you believe in God the Son, you believe in God the Father. God the Son is the exact representation of the nature of God the Father (Hebrews 1:3). When you see Him, it is like seeing the Father.

He has come as a Light so if you believe in Him, you can come out of the darkness Satan brought to this world.
Verses 47-48 — If you receive the Son, you receive the Father. If you reject Jesus Christ and His words, Jesus doesn’t judge you. He didn’t come to judge you.

BUT don’t stop there and say there is no judgment. Jesus goes on to say that the word He speaks will judge you at the time of God’s final judgment.

Verses 49-50 — Why will you be judged by the Word Jesus speaks? Because He only says what He hears the Father say. The Father commands Him what to say and speak.

And God’s commandment to speak these words results in eternal life. Without it, you will go to an eternal hell when you die. So Jesus is very careful to say exactly what the Father speaks.

IMPORTANT POINT — Some say a good God would not send anyone to hell. But  in Mark 9:44, 46 and 48, Jesus describes hell. Does God really send people to hell? It is each person’s choice to receive or reject Jesus Christ. Being sent to an eternal hell or eternal life with Christ is the consequence of their own decision.