Are you in or out, on the right or wrong side, one of us or them, part of the solution or part of the problem? Which way do you turn when truth demands your response? What are we to do when no more middle ground exists, and the pressure is on?
Believe in Jesus. Belong wholeheartedly to Him, whatever the cost. John 7-12: The Messiah’s Ministry calls us to trust in Jesus Christ—the Son of God, the light of the world and the good shepherd. He exposes and destroys sin. He forgives those who repent. He gives believers new, abundant life in His Name.
The truth and consequences become clear: no one unites us like Jesus, but Jesus also divides. He reconciles some people whose nations are enemies. He knits together brothers and sisters from diverse economic, ethnic and cultural environments. But His words stir up anger, resentment and murderous fury in others.
In this 6-week study, John invites us to walk with Jesus. We witness His ministry. We hear Him teach at Israel’s Feast of Tabernacles and Feast of Dedication. We feel crowds swell and sway with polarized responses. Some people increasingly love Jesus. Others ultimately plot His death and carry it out—a death deserved by every other human, but not Jesus.
We observe how Jesus ministers to people like the self-righteous Pharisees, the puzzled disciples, the woman caught in adultery and the man born blind. Most astoundingly, after He counsels grieving Martha and Mary, He raises their brother Lazarus from the dead.
Raising Lazarus might seem like the pinnacle of Jesus’ ministry. Yet, soon afterward, Jesus affirms Mary’s devotion for anointing Him in preparation for His greatest work. He would enter Jerusalem for Passover to give His life on the cross. He, the promised Messiah, came to save us from our sins. He is the resurrection and the life.
John 7-12 helps you step into wholehearted belief in Jesus, whatever the cost. Proclaiming faith in Jesus often leads to rejection, ridicule and loss. Yet, Jesus can be trusted when living by truth gets hard and times get tough.
Jesus promises full life now and forever for all who hear, believe and stake their lives on Him. No one cares for you like Jesus. His love liberates every believer from the sin’s prison of deception, misery and debts. Jesus is the only way to know and live with the Father in peaceful bliss forever. The question for every person who encounters Jesus is this: Will you follow the Messiah in His ministry, or will you turn away?
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