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 12:2-6 ( posted 7-30-13 )

  There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him.

Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.

Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray him,

Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?

This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein. 

 

Let's continue.

 

“  There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him. “

 

This was the first of 3 suppers during Jesus' last week.

1.) Here in Bethany with Mary, Martha and Lazarus 6 days before the passover.

2.) Then 2 days before the passover at the home of Simon, also in Bethany.

After two days was the feast of the passover, and of unleavened bread: and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take him by craft, and put him to death.

But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar of the people.

And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head.      Mark 14:1-3

 

3.) Then the commonly known “ last supper “ which Jesus ate with His disciples just before His death;

And in the evening he cometh with the twelve.

And as they sat and did eat, Jesus said, Verily I say unto you, One of you which eateth with me shall betray me.   Mark 14:17-18

 

 

 

 

Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.

 

The Greek word “ litran “ translated “ a pound “ ( libra in Latin ) some believe to be technically about 12 ounces.

The Greek word is also used later after Jesus' death during His burial;

And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight. John 19:39

 

There were 2 anointings of Jesus during His last week.

 

1.) One anointing being here in the verse of our study.

Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.

2.) Another anointing was at Simon's home also in Bethany;

And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head.     Mark 14:3

 

These were not the only times Jesus was anointed.

There was another time earlier in Jesus' ministry when a Pharisee whose name was also Simon had Jesus in his home in Capernaum and a woman anointed Him;

And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee's house, and sat down to meat.

And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment,

And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.

Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.

And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.

There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.

And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?

Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.

And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wipedthemwith the hairs of her head.

Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.

My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.

Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven,the sameloveth little.

And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.

And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also?

And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace. Luke 7:36-50

 

 

 

Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray him,

Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?

This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein. “

 

The Greek words “ triakosion denarion “ translated “ three hundred pence “ with denarion being of Latin origin and understood to be a Roman silver coin worth about 18 cents, an employees average daily wage, this ointment calculated might come roughly to about $54.00 in American currency.

Back then this was expensive, estimating close to a year's salary.

 

It is interesting that Judas was concerned about the cost of the ointment and considered it to be a waste  on Jesus, since he often stole money out of the bag Jesus and His disciples used for living expense.

 

I will continue with verse 7 in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown

John 12:1 ( posted 7-18-13 )

Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.

 

Let's continue.

 

Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.

 

Between the time Jesus left the Jews and went to Ephraim;

Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews; but went thence unto a country near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there continued with his disciples. John 11:54

 

until He came back to Bethany in the verse of our study, it is believed that Jesus spent the night at Zacchaeus' house in Jericho;

And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.

And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.

And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.

And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.

And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.

And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.

And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.

And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.

And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.

For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. Luke 19:1-10

 

and made His first entry into Jerusalem;

And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples,

Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loosethem,and bringthemunto me.

And if anymansay ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.

All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,

Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.

And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them,

And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon.

And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from thetrees, and strawed them in the way.

And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.

And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this?

And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.

And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,

And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.

And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them.

And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased,

And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?

And he left them, and went out of the city into Bethany; and he lodged there.

Mathew 21:1-17

 

I will continue with verse 2 in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown

John 11:56-57 ( posted 7-9-13 )

“  Then sought they for Jesus, and spake among themselves, as they stood in the temple, What think ye, that he will not come to the feast?

Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a commandment, that, if any man knew where he were, he should shew it, that they might take him. “

 

Let’s continue.

 

“  Then sought they for Jesus, and spake among themselves, as they stood in the temple, What think ye, that he will not come to the feast? “

 

If you remember in my earlier study we learned that the Jews looked for Jesus at the feast;

“ But when his brethren were gone up, then went he also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret.

Then the Jews sought him at the feast, and said, Where is he?

And there was much murmuring among the people concerning him: for some said, He is a good man: others said, Nay; but he deceiveth the people. “  John 7:10-12

 

It is interesting that even though they hated Jesus, they missed having Him around.

 

 

“ Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a commandment, that, if any man knew where he were, he should shew it, that they might take him. “

 

The Greek word “ piasosin “ translated “ they might take “ means arrest, apprehend, take.

 

Even though the Jews had their meeting and decided to murder Jesus, Jesus’ time to die was not yet. No matter how soon the Jews wanted to murder Jesus, there was nothing they could do until Jesus said it was time.

If you remember in my earlier studies back during the feast they wanted to arrest Jesus and murder Him but His time was not then either;

“  Then they sought to take him: but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come.

And many of the people believed on him, and said, When Christ cometh, will he do more miracles than these which this man hath done?

The Pharisees heard that the people murmured such things concerning him; and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take him. “   John 7:30-32

 

“ And some of them would have taken him; but no man laid hands on him. “ John 7:44

 

And again they later tried to arrest Jesus;

“ Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand, “  John 10:39

Personally I cannot relate to this kind of perverted murderous hatred. I myself have hated people but there was always a reason…they did me wrong.

These Jews even admitted Jesus was a good man and had done many marvelous works and spoke like no other man but they still hated Him and wanted to murder Him.

Even Pilate knew what they were doing was unjust and sick.

Their drive to murder Him I cannot conceive of.

 

And yes it was murder.

Peter told them this when he preached to them;

“ Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: “   Acts 2:23

The Greek word “ aneilate “ translated “ slain “ means murder, put to death.

And as they murdered Jesus they were so insane with hatred they pronounced their own doom on themselves and upon their children;

“ When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.

Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children. “   Matthew 27:24-25

This they certainly got in 70A.D.

 

My friend, while all this is terrible, the Jews are still God’s chosen people. They are to be a nation once again after 2000 years being dispersed to the ends of the earth and will remain a nation. Some, few, but some of them will actually come to believe in Jesus Christ. Most will not.

Paul still loved the Jews and tried to lead them to Jesus and would have sent his own soul to hell if it meant all Israel would be saved.

Paul said;

“ I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost,

That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart.

For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:

Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; “ Romans 9:1-4

 

However, at these times the Jews sought to do this Jesus’ time to die had not come.

 

Even though this was an act of unjust murder of an innocent man, if you remember in my earlier study we learned that Jesus said He actually laid down His own life and that nobody took it from Him.

“   Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.

No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.“  John 10:17-18

While according to the Holy Bible God is only in control of a person who is fully yielded to Him and surrenders his or her own will and seeks God’s will, there are times God does take control of humanity to fulfill His purpose and will, even without anyone’s full cooperation…as in this case.

Satan even tried to either talk Jesus out of going to the cross or tried to get Him murdered before getting to the cross because satan knew what it meant for us when Jesus would die on the cross.

 

My friend, we can believe whatever or whoever we want but this is what the Holy Bible teaches about Jesus.

 

Jesus always existed as God and is the same and is one with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. There are not 3 Gods but one God manifested in 3 persons just as a man and wife are one flesh, a man and a hooker are one flesh, according to the Holy Bible.

This is a mystery but nevertheless this is God and this is how He looks at things and made things to be.

Jesus is part of the Trinity who became a human being and became the Son of God in literal flesh, bone and blood. In actuality Jesus as God became His own Son since Jesus in the literal flesh said He and His Father are one.

Incredible but that is what He said.

Jesus is literally God made flesh, blood and bone…a human being.

When the time was right, God as Jesus His Son, freely and willfully allowed Himself to be unjustly murdered and not only experience our sins He died to redeem us from but actually became those sins we commit.

While there are people who hate God, hate Jesus and have publicly announced - “ the first chance they get they are going to spit in God’s face “, for me, when I see Jesus I will bow to Him and kiss His feet, I love Him so much for what He did for me on the cross.

And you know, because I know God through Jesus Christ in my heart, I know His personality, thoughts, character and feelings and I love Him just because of who He is.

And yes, God is good…for sure.

 

God as Jesus His own Son also experienced the condition of separation we are in from physical birth, with no relationship with God.

I do not understand some things as of yet as Paul said presently we see through a glass darkly but then face to face.

Technically I do not know why God chose to suffer for us like He did on the cross in this way but knowing God’s heart as I do I understand that for His personal satsifaction there could not be any other way to pay for our sins.

This had to be done for His own satisfaction.

 

My friend, do not gamble your eternity on anyone or anything but Jesus.

If you presently believe in Jesus always keep your faith in Jesus and never change your faith from Him to anyone or anything else.

If you presently believe Jesus at His decalaration to be literally the only way we can make it to Heaven, do not change what He claimed and put Him on a list of options in how to make it to Heaven.

Continue to believe that He is the only way to Heaven just as He said.

 

This finishes up chapter 11 of the book of John.

 

I will continue with chapter 12 in the next study.

The Lord Jesus bless you.

 

Wayne Brown

John 11:54-55 ( posted 6-27-13 )

“  Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews; but went thence unto a country near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there continued with his disciples.

And the Jews' passover was nigh at hand: and many went out of the country up to Jerusalem before the passover, to purify themselves. “

 

 

Let’s continue.

 

“  Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews; but went thence unto a country near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there continued with his disciples.

 

Ephraim was about 20 miles north of Jerusalem. Jesus stayed there about 2 months until  the Passover.

The raising of Lazarus was Jesus’ last great miracle which the Sanhedrin acted upon, having a meeting to decide what to do with Jesus.

 

 

“ And the Jews' passover was nigh at hand: and many went out of the country up to Jerusalem before the passover, to purify themselves. “

 

If you remember from my earlier study on John 2:13;

“ And the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem,  “

what was once “ The Lord’s passover “ -

“  And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD'S passover. “   Exodus 12:11

traditionally became “ the Jews’ passover “.

Also, what was once “ the feasts of the Lord “;

“ Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts.“  Leviticus 23:2

traditionally became “ the feasts of the Jews “ -

“   After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. “  John 5:1

 

“ Now the Jews' feast of tabernacles was at hand. “   John 7:2

 

These events became a cultural tradition that literally had nothing to do with God.

According to Josephus, about a quarter of a million animals were sacrificed at the passovers. Priests sold licenses which brought in much revenue.

If you remember from my earlier study this is what Jesus saw when He went into the temple;

“ And the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem,

And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: “   John 2:13-14

 

The ritual of purification was taken from Numbers 9:6-10;

“ And there were certain men, who were defiled by the dead body of a man, that they could not keep the passover on that day: and they came before Moses and before Aaron on that day:

And those men said unto him, We are defiled by the dead body of a man: wherefore are we kept back, that we may not offer an offering of the LORD in his appointed season among the children of Israel?

And Moses said unto them, Stand still, and I will hear what the LORD will command concerning you.

And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If any man of you or of your posterity shall be unclean by reason of a dead body, or be in a journey afar off, yet he shall keep the passover unto the LORD. “

 

Always keep your faith in Jesus and Him alone.

I will continue with verse 56 in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown

John 11:50-53 ( posted 6-11-13 )

“ Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.

And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation; And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad. Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death. “

 

Let’s continue.

 

“ Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not. “

 

The Greek word “ sumpherei “ translated “ it is expedient “ means profitable, better for, be good, advantage.

Caiaphas continued his prophecy by telling the Jews that it is better for the nation that one man should die for the nation rather than the nation itself die.

I’m not sure if Caiaphas was being sarcastic but nevertheless it is interesting that he had the wisdom and knowledge to prophesy what was about to happen which is that a certain man would die, not only for Israel but for everyone, as we will learn as we go through these verses of Caiaphas’ prophecy.

 

John, the writer of the book of John said that Caiaphas referred to Jesus in his prophecy;

 

“ And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation; “

 

Evidently God chose to use this ungodly high priest to prophesy about Jesus’ death, just as He used Balaam.

God even used Balaam‘s donkey.

Peter describes it this way;

“ Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;

But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man's voice forbad the madness of the prophet.

These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. “   2 Peter 2:15-17

 

 

“ And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad. “

 

John’s summarization of Caiphas’ prophecy coincides with what John said in his later epistle;

“ My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. “     1 John 2:1-2

 

 

Isaiah also prophesied that Jesus would die for everyone, not just Israel, and his prophecy coincides with Caiaphas‘ prophecy;

“ And now, saith the LORD that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and my God shall be my strength.

And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.

Thus saith the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the LORD that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee. “   Isaiah 49:5-7

 

If you remember in my earlier study we learned that Jesus said;

And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. “    John 10:16

 

In accordance with Caiaphas’ prophecy Paul said;

“ Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;

That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;

And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.

For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. “  Ephesians 2:11-18

 

 

“ Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death. “

 

It is interesting that Caiaphas said God will bring together those who believe in Jesus whether they be Jew or Gentile.

It is quite obvious the Jews understood Caiaphas was referring to Jesus in his prophecy and this is why they all agreed to put Jesus to death.

They were now in agreement and determined to fulfill Caiaphas’ prophecy.

 

I will continue with verse 54 in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown