This week, Brad takes us through John 10:22-42, and asks the question: “Where does our assurance come from? Where do we look to for our security?”
For some, who answer “Jesus”, the question then is “how do you know? How do find confidence and assurance in the promises of Jesus?”.
For others, skeptical of Jesus and His claims, there is a different question that must be answered first: “Are you an inquiring mind who wants to know the Truth, or an inquiring mind who won’t be changed?”
Jesus addresses both in His response to the “inquiring minds” – the Jews encountering, and wrestling with, His claims and works.
Looking at John 10:1-21, we see how Jesus takes the everday picture, for the people of that day, of the shepherd and his flock and pushes them, and us, to a see that he is the supreme shepherd. Just as there is one way into the sheepfold, Jesus is the one way for us to salvation. He is the true shepherd, and the sheep know his voice. He lays down his life for the sheep.
Today Brad takes us through John 9:1-41, and how Jesus heals a man born blind and ask what has turned our blindness into sight.
Pete takes us through John 8:31-59, and Jesus’ admonishment of the Jews he was speaking to in the temple (an admonishment that has implications for all of us). Jesus plainly addresses man’s subservience to sin – we are slaves to sin – and that not even the sons of Abraham were free from the chains of sin. Jesus then explains that He is the Truth, and that He – and only He – can set the slaves-to-sin free.
The reaction of the Jews likely mirrors our own as we are confronted by the truth of Jesus – defensive, and self-justifying. But Jesus clearly cuts through their (and our) self-righteous veneer, showing both the gravity of our sinful nature, and the magnitude of the salvation offered by God, through Jesus.
This leaves us with a question we need answer: What do we do with our sin?