John 13:19-20 ( posted 10-19-14 )

Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I amhe.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.

 

 

Let's continue.

 

Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I amhe.

 

It is interesting that again Jesus said I am.

The Greek reads that Jesus again said “ ego eimi “ translated I am.

If you remember in my earlier study we learned that when Jesus came to His disciples walking on Lake Galilee in the storm He told them “ I am.”

But he saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid. “    John 6:20

What is translated It is I; , in the Greek actually reads again “ ego eimi “ - meaning,

I am “.

 

Being God, Jesus told Moses;

And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. “    Exodus 3:14

 

 

Jesus told His disciples again later the same thing about telling them things ahead of time so that when it does happen they will remember and believe Him;

And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe. “   John 14:29

 

But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you. John 16:4

 

 

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.

 

Jesus also said;

He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me. “    Luke 10:16

 

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have doneitunto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have doneitunto me. “   Matthew 25:40

 

 

Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye diditnot to one of the least of these, ye diditnot to me. “   Matthew 25:45

 

Obviously, the overall relationship is that believers in Jesus are connected to God through Jesus Christ His only begotten Son.

Those who are not believers in Jesus are not connected to God.

 

I will continue with verse 21 in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown

John 9:17 ( posted 1-6-11 )

" They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet. "

Let's continue.

This is an interesting question coming from these Pharisees;

"  What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? "

We find throughout this story that some of the Jews and Pharisees did not believe that Jesus healed this man born blind but yet within their own question they make this statement;

" that he hath opened thine eyes? "

Now, if they did not believe that Jesus healed him, why did they say He did??

" that he hath opened thine eyes? "

This is to be compared to atheists who say they do not believe God exists but yet they use His name in their cursing and swaring and they always blame God for the condition of their life and the condition of the world...the very one they say does not exist!!

 

Here is another interesting point in this story.

The man born blind responded with this answer to their question about who he thought Jesus is;

" He said, He is a prophet. "

The Greek word " prophetes " translated " prophet " means a foreteller, an inspired speaker, and can mean a poet.

If you remember as I said in an earlier study, Jesus healed this man without requiring any commitment from him in faith nor did Jesus require him to be a follower of Him at all.

Jesus healed this man for one reason;

"  but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. " verse 3

This man born blind had no clue who or what Jesus is.

And Jesus still healed him.

This man's response to the Pharisees question is quite similar to people's view of Jesus today.

Former President George W. Bush said that Jesus was " a great philosopher."  To my knowledge, this is all he thinks of Jesus.

Founder of Focus on the Family James Dobson and currently president Jim Daly mention Jesus is a way to Heaven or at least a prophet or whatever. To my knowledge they have never publicly said that Jesus is the only way to Heaven... as Jesus claimed to be.

Megachurch pastor Rick Warren has said Jesus is a way to Heaven. To my knoweldge he has never publicly said that Jesus is the only way to Heaven...as Jesus claimed to be.

Megachurch pastor Joel Osteen has said that Jesus is a way to Heaven but also believes that God has alternative ways to Heaven for people who do not believe in Jesus.

People in general know that Jesus existed 2000 years ago but like these people, they look at Jesus in different ways other than exactly what Jesus claimed about Himself.

Jesus did not say He is a way to Heaven but rather the way to Heaven.

Jesus claimed to be God and the same as God the Father.

Jesus claimed to be existent even before Abraham lived.

Jesus claimed to be with God as God even before the planet we call earth was created.

Jesus claimed to be the only way we can reach God the Father, not a way.

Jesus claimed we cannot have a relationship with God without going through Him first.

Many world religions also make these same claims.

Even within the realm of evangelicalism there are evangelical church companies like the Assemblies of God, Church of God and many more companies who make these claims.

The question that these Pharisees asked this man born blind still remains to this day;

" What sayest thou of him, "

I will continue with verse 18 soon.

Wayne Brown

John 9:13-16 ( posted 1-3-11 )

 “ They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind.

And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.

Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see.

Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them. “

 

Let’s continue.

 

“ They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind. “

The writer John is telling us that these Jews brought this man that was born blind, to the Pharisees. John was a believer in Jesus and was one of His disciples. He also knew this man was born blind. He also knew that Jesus healed him.

In our earlier study we learned these Jews were divided amongst themselves as to whether this was the same man they knew before.

" Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he. “      verse 9

Note there is already a division among the Jews over this man.

In today’s society, Jews in general care little about religious leaders within their own religion of Judaism. When I was in Israel in the 1990’s, I was told by a Jewish woman that most Jews do not even care if there is a Messiah to come. I even had Jewish friends I made while there who wanted to come back with me to America. One Jewish friend I made while there asked me why Abraham did not settle in America.

Personally, I noticed places of business staying open into the Sabbath hours…obviously practicing American greed for money.

However, there was recently a poll taken in Israel with a question about building a temple. The results showed that 50% of those who were asked if they wanted a temple were in favor of it. Technically, 50% is not a lot.

If you live in Israel and you are reading this, I would ask that you to write me and tell me if things have changed in Israel within Judaism since I was there in the 1990’s. I would appreciate any comments you have.

When I was there Jews told me they wanted Tel-Aviv to become like New York.

I was also told there were bilboard signs throughout Jerusalem warning its citizens of the coming Messiah but I was told that most Jews cared nothing about a coming Messiah.

I would appreciate any comment  from you there in Israel if you care to share with me your view.

 

“ And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes. “

The writer John is telling us that Jesus healed this man on the Sabbath.

Back then, the Sabbath was important to many of the Jews.

As I said, I witnessed places of business in Israel that kept their doors open well into the Sabbath.

How things have changed in Israel. It is much like here in America where businesses have no regard for God or anything pertaining to Him.

It is funny that Chick-fil-A never opens on Sunday but yet their business is prospering incredibly!

If you honor God, He will honor you. That is the way it works!

 

“ Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see. “

The Pharisees asked this man what the others had already asked him…how was he healed. The man told the Pharisees the same thing he told the others who asked him.

 

“ Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. “

These Pharisees would have been ridiculed in today’s society.

They were concerned about the Sabbath back then but today the Sabbath is not a concern.

However, if truth were known these same Pharisees were guilty of breaking the Sabbath but because of their hatred for Jesus and their jealousy toward Him they attempted to make Jesus look bad for doing a good thing for this blind man.

Have you ever been ridiculed for doing good?

That is an interesting experience if you have never yet experienced it.

If you ever do experience such a thing, count it joy that you are persecuted for righteousness sake.

Jesus spoke of 2 kinds of persecution in the world.

Jesus spoke of a persecution because of our faith in Him;

Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. “  Matthew 5:11-12

Jesus also spoke of a persecution for righteousness sake.

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.Matthew 5:10

Here, Jesus is being persecuted for righteousness sake.

 

“ Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them. “

Not all of these Jews were senseless.

Some of them knew a miracle such as this could not have come from a sinner.

Personally, I think that many times Jesus said things to weed out the garden.

Look how many people left Him when He asked for a commitment.

I also think Jesus performed miracles just to make manifest those who are wise and those who are fools.

I will continue with verse 17 soon.

Wayne Brown

John 9:10-12 ( posted 11-12-10 )

“ Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened?

He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight.

Then said they unto him, Where is he? He said, I know not. “

 

Let’s continue.

 

“ Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened? “

 

A person born blind and suddenly is able to see is enough to arouse interest within any skeptic.

It is so interesting to me that when Jesus heals someone, the healing is a physical and even external physical healing so the general public can all witness it.

Jesus healed me when I was a teenager of something on my foot and I had witnesses of before and after!

There was no question the healing was from the Lord and was externally visible to all, as only the Lord could do such a thing.

Praise the Lord!

Unfortunately, there is much fraud in churches concerning this issue today.

If Jesus truly healed the person the world will know it and it will be visibly manifested for people to see.

It is the nature of the Lord to make manifest His miracles.

This is why He told this blind man to go to the public pool to wash.

 

“He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight.  “

I explained earlier what is meant by;

anointed mine eyes,

 

Sometimes Jesus healed people even with no faith in Him.

But nevertheless, obedience was required to receive the healing.

This blind man obeyed Jesus and therefore received his healing;

“ I received sight. “

There was a time when Jesus said He could do no miracles because of people’s lack of faith.

“ And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.

And he marvelled because of their unbelief…“ Mark 6:5-6

But sometimes Jesus went ahead and healed many people because of His mission to come to the lost sheep of the house of Israel and do this.

 

This man born blind that we are studying made no declaration of faith in Jesus but yet Jesus still healed him.

If you remember earlier Jesus said about this guy;

“ Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. “ John 9:3

Jesus was determined to heal this guy with or without faith. This was Jesus mission…to heal him that God would be glorified in the healing.

All this guy had to do was obey Jesus and go wash in the public pool.

This was intended to be a public event and it certainly was.

 

Then said they unto him, Where is he? He said, I know not. “

It is very interesting that earlier in verse 7 it says;

“ He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing. “

Jesus must have left the area before this guy returned;

and came seeing. “

Because now they are asking him;

“ Where is he?”

His response was;

“ I know not. “

Jesus was obviously wanting them to talk about all this that happened.

 

I will continue with verse 13 soon.

 

Wayne Brown

John 9:6 ( posted 9-21-10)

 

“ When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, “

Let’s continue.

“ When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, “

In the Greek manuscripts used in the translation of this word there are 2 Greek words used which mean basically the same thing.

The Greek word “epetheken” translated “ anointed “ means to lay upon, put up or on, to set up or on.

In the Greek manuscripts used in the translation of this word there are 2 Greek words used which mean basically the same thing.

One is the Greek word “epetheken” which is just what I got through explaining.

The other Greek word used in some manuscripts is “ epechrisen” which means to rub on, smear over, anoint.

The Greek word “chrisas” which is a form of the Greek word “chrio” as is the Greek word “ epechrisen” also a form of “chrio” Paul used in 2 Corinthians 1:21;

“ Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; “

means to smear or rub on and in this case is obviously meant to be something sacred since we belong to Jesus.

The Greek word “egchrisai” which is also a form of the Greek word “chrio” Jesus used in Revelation 3:18;

“ I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. “

also means to rub in, rub on, to smear, anoint.

Unless these words are used in a religious ceremony or ritual observance, these words merely mean to smear on, rub on or put on.

When interpreted religiously as to anoint, it becomes more of a meaning as to make something sacred…to consecrate something.

Since these words can be used for a regular usage of rubbing something onto someone or something, it is quite obvious that Jesus was not consecrating this blind man’s eyes, nor was Jesus making anything about this blind man out to be sacred.

If you pay attention to the story, Jesus did not yet witness to this blind man...but still healed him.

In other words, there was no faith in this blind man toward Jesus or acknowledgement within this blind man that he was a sinner in need to repent and be saved from his sins.

This blind man did not even ask Jesus to heal him.

So consequently, it is to be understood that Jesus merely smeared the clay He made from His own spit mixed with dirt onto this blind man’s eyes.

Jesus was not blessing him or consecrating this blind man in any way.

As a matter of fact, we will learn later in this chapter that this blind man knew nothing about Jesus;

“ He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see. “ verse 25

Incredible that Jesus would heal this man without repentance and faith from him.

But we will also learn later that Jesus does go to him and witness to him and he does put his faith in Jesus.

I will continue with verse 7 in the next study.

Wayne Brown