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Know God in a Year #140 The Effect of Jesus

Jesus’ words hold the people spellbound. His knowledge of the sacrificial service, the law, and the prophets far exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees–his understanding brings the true meaning alive. As at Capernaum, the people in Jerusalem are enthralled.
The priests observing this, try to discredit him, “You haven’t attended our schools; what authority do you have to teach in the temple?”
“My teaching is from Him who sent me,” answers Jesus. “If you want to do God’s will, you will know whether it is from Him.”
Jesus says that receiving truth depends on your heart’s openness to God. They are hiding from God because ever since Jesus healed on the Sabbath at the Pool of Bethesda, they have been plotting his death.
“Moses gave the law you accuse me of breaking, but you break it by wanting to kill me.” He confronts them, showing he reads their hearts.
For an instant terror fills them, they see they are fighting Infinite power. Somehow they must disparage him. “You have a demon! Who wants to kill you?” they scoff.
Many believe Jesus; others are mislead by the pretense of the Pharisees. If the people would study the prophecies for themselves they wouldn’t be fooled. Spirit would help them understand. God wants them to recognize His son.*
But God does not force us to believe. He leaves us free to choose between light and darkness; He desires us to investigate the evidence and decide. He will open the minds of those seeking truth.**
John 7:16-30   *Isaiah 53, 59 and 61 give a clear picture of Jesus life, work and death   **John 7:17,
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