HOST: Michael Whitworth
SPONSOR: Logos Bible Software
So he said to them again, “I am going away, and you will seek me, and you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.” So the Jews said, “Will he kill himself, since he says, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come’?” He said to them, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.” So they said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus said to them, “Just what I have been telling you from the beginning. I have much to say about you and much to judge, but he who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him.” They did not understand that he had been speaking to them about the Father. So Jesus said to them, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority, but speak just as the Father taught me. And he who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to him.” As he was saying these things, many believed in him.
Much of this extended passage is concerned with those who did not believe in Jesus, and who were looking to accuse, condemn and destroy Him. But in this passage, there is one short statement that reminds us of the other side of that coin. “As He was saying these things, many believed in Him.” Despite those influential leaders who were set against Jesus, there were a great many people who believed in Him. They had seen His compassionate power. They had heard His authoritative teaching. They had witnessed His flawless character. They were convinced that He was who He claimed to be, the Son of God. In spite of the naysayers and unbelievers, they sincerely and fervently believed in Jesus Christ. What is the lesson for us? In a world that is still full of naysayers and unbelievers, the truth of Jesus Christ is still changing lives. There continue to be people who can and will believe in Him and have their lives changed through Him. Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and He is still changing lives!
How does Jesus change the lives of those who believe in Him?
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