HOST: Michael Whitworth
SPONSOR: Logos Bible Software
The Pharisees heard the crowd muttering these things about him, and the chief priests and Pharisees sent officers to arrest him. Jesus then said, “I will be with you a little longer, and then I am going to him who sent me. You will seek me and you will not find me. Where I am you cannot come.” The Jews said to one another, “Where does this man intend to go that we will not find him? Does he intend to go to the Dispersion among the Greeks and teach the Greeks? What does he mean by saying, ‘You will seek me and you will not find me,’ and, ‘Where I am you cannot come’?”
It was often the case that Jesus’ teachings were confused and misunderstood by those who heard Him because they tried to attach physical understandings to spiritual statements. In this case, it was the Pharisees who were guilty of this mistake. Jesus is referring to His ascension back to the Father that would take place after His death and resurrection. However, the Pharisees, believing Him to be speaking of a physical place where He could not be found, questioned where He might go. In our world today, we see this same confusion and misunderstanding taking place regarding Jesus and His teaching. Many fail to understand the importance or relevance of many New Testament teachings because they are viewing those teachings through physical eyes, instead of spiritual. Through those physical eyes, we might consider Christ’s commands to be nonsensical or irrelevant to our lives, but we must understand that God’s desire and plan for us is eternal salvation. His commands, while affecting every aspect of our physical lives, are in reality spiritual commands because they have a spiritual purpose. Only through spiritual eyes can we truly understand God’s plan and purpose.
How do we learn to look at the Bible through spiritual eyes?
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