Guest Speaker: Pastor Joe Sugrue
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
In verses 1-13 we have the background.
Verses 14-32, the revelation of the Son of God.
Verses 33-39, the revelation of the Holy Spirit.
Verses 40-52, the audience reaction.
The verb for seeking is a present linear aktionsart, meaning they were constantly looking for Him in order to kill Him.
Religion always is involved with mental attitude sins. The religious leaders were jealous of the Lord Jesus Christ.
But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy, and began contradicting the things spoken by Paul, and were blaspheming.
Man’s true spiritual condition is always revealed by his mental attitude toward Jesus Christ.
The unbeliever’s mental attitude is rejection or unbelief. The carnal believer has the attitude of indifference or apathy. The spiritual believer has the attitude of love – RMA, and the mature believer has not only love but rapport and occupation with Christ.
The Levitical feasts are taught in Leviticus chapter 23, they are a part of Codex #2 of the Mosaic law.
First of all we have the feast which depicts the first advent of Christ. Secondly we have the gap, and then we have the feasts which are identified with the Second Advent.
a)The Passover, which deals with the work of Christ on the cross. The reason it comes first is because the cross must always come before the crown. There is no eternal kingdom apart from the work of Christ on the cross.
b) The second feast was the feast of unleavened bread which began immediately at the end of the Passover. It was one of the two feasts that lasted a week. It is a picture of the impeccability of Christ and believer’s fellowship with God in time.
c) The third feast occurred in the middle of the week of unleavened bread – the feast of the firstfruits, which depicts the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It always occurred on Sunday; Jesus Christ rose again from the dead on Sunday, on the day of the firstfruits.
d) The fourth is the feast of Pentecost which is fifty days after the firstfruits, and this always occurred on Sunday. The purpose of the feast of Pentecost was a warning to the Jews that the fifth cycle of discipline will come very shortly.
Under the concept of the Gap, there was no feast between roughly the end of May and the first of October – approximately six months.
e) The first of these (5th feast) was the feast of the trumpets. The trumpet was used for assembly and the feast of the trumpets means the end of the fifth cycle of discipline. When Jesus Christ returns to the earth the fifth cycle of discipline will be completed.
f) Sixth feast is the feast of atonement. It indicates that only born-again Jews go into the Millennium and into the eternal kingdom.
g) The seventh and last feast is the feast of the tabernacles which depicts the Millennial reign of Jesus Christ.
Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary, and His brothers, James and Joseph and Simon and Judas?
Verse 3 is the introduction of the sarcastic family members.
Do miracles make people believe? 5000 plus saw His works in Galilee and where are they now? They left 6 months ago as unbelievers. It is the word that is important.
What they are saying is this. “If we could perform miracles as you claim you have, we would let the whole world know about it.”
If they had the power of miracles they would have been in Jerusalem the last 6 months performing signs to gather big crowds to fulfil their own approbation lust.
1. Beware of judging people by your own actions and thoughts. Only God has the right to judge and only the Word of God has the right to condemn.
Don’t ever underestimate the power of ignorance and arrogance in a human being. It produces the greatest of evils and most of the time the person never recognizes how evil their thinking really is.
James, who received Christ as saviour after the resurrection, Acts 1:14; 1 Corinthians 15:7; James 1:1. He became a leader of the Jerusalem church, Acts 12:17, etc.; Jude was also saved and wrote the book of Jude.
“My time is not yet come.” = Second Advent.
“The time for my coronation is not here, this is the time for my humiliation.” If Jesus had come first for His glory there could be no kingdom of the regenerate.
The time for the Second Advent is not now. He cannot fulfil the tabernacles [Millennium] until first of all He fulfils the Passover [cross].
They want Him to show glory, glory that they don’t actually believe in, and He replies that He cannot do that until the Second Advent. Yet then He says, that they always have opportunity, not to show glory like they’d like to, but to receive it.
The only way to be prepared for the eternal kingdom of God is to believe in Christ as saviour.
When the feast of tabernacles is fulfilled [which is the Millennial reign] there is only one way to be prepared – faith in JC.
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