Tim – vs 5 For even his own brothers did not believe in him.
And yet later on, both James and Jude became leaders in the church. I am challenged not to count anybody out, even if they don't believe...yet. Sometimes they are mean, rude, uncaring and/or uninterested, but the power of knowing Jesus can change everything. (It also reminds me how lucky my sister is to have me as a brother.
Dennis - There is a lot of Judging going on in our culture. Haters that are spreading lies. v 24 talks about making a right judgement. The only right judgement is to have your heart set on being in harmony with Jesus. WWJD.
Melissa - Starting in verse 50 Nicodemus uses the Pharisees’ own law to show them that what they were doing was not right. You would think that since they are so concerned about the law that would give them pause but their reaction shows they don’t really care about the law they care about being in charge. It is so easy for me to judge the Pharisees but truthfully how often do I know what is right but choose not to do it and try to justify it somehow?
Rodney - For some reason this verse stood out to me. I wonder how often (Christians) pass up saying how they feel about our Lord and Savior for fear of what their friends will think. In other words, peer pressure sometimes may cause us not to spread the Good News. I think there are a lot of “Pharisees” in the world today. Are we willing to testify for Jesus no matter where we are?
Floyd - I was just ready to write about verses 49 and following and seen that Rod had beat me, but I will still make my comments, The Pharisees had implied that no leader believed in Jesus, But Nicodemus of the Jewish council spoke up and pointed to their own disregard for the law in this matter. How often are we ready to step forward to defend scripture when we know we will be put down for during so?
Jeff - So much misunderstanding about who Jesus is in this chapter, even by those closest to him. Definitely still true today!
Penny - Lately God has been showing me the word We. Our Wed. Bible class is looking at 1 Thessalonians. Paul saw that they were working together in love. He was concerned about the We that was searching for Jesus. Sunday sermon was We are seeking those who are seeking Him. verse 10 The Jewish leaders were watching for Him. Verse 25 begins to talk about the division over who Jesus is. I want to be with the We who look for Him!
Renee - Verse 13 ”...no one had the courage to speak favorably about him in public, for they were afraid of getting in trouble with the Jewish leaders.” May we always have the courage to speak favorably about Jesus in public!
John - “But when His brothers had gone up, then He also went up to the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret.”John 7:10 NKJV. On the surface it's hard to believe Jesus would do anything in secret. He was always ready to proclaim the truth or answer questions to those who were seeking. But as I think about it, He has constantly worked in secret in my life. Leading me down paths I probably wouldn't have chosen myself, directing me in decisions that I didn't have a clue about, and bringing me to where I am today, closer to Him despite all the mistakes I have made. Please, keep working your secrets on me.
Joshua - I find this chapter to be a reminder of how easy it is to miss Christ working when you do not want to see it. Does even a single one of us believe - Verse 48?
Megan - I pray that I have such a deep thirst for knowing God. I pray the Spirit lives in me and His waters fill me up and run over!
“On the final and climactic day of the Feast, Jesus took his stand. He cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Rivers of living water will brim and spill out of the depths of anyone who believes in me this way, just as the Scripture says.” (He said this in regard to the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were about to receive. The Spirit had not yet been given because Jesus had not yet been glorified.)” John 7:37-39 MSG