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Wednesday, April 2: Is it not written in your Law…?

 

He Set His FaceThe last days of Jesus' earthly life are filled with significant events and teachings. During these weeks leading up to Easter, we'll travel with Jesus toward Jerusalem and his crucifixion, marveling at his determination to finally fulfill his destiny as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

Read John 10:31-39

Again his Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus said to them, "I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?"

"We are not stoning you for any good work," they replied, "but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God."

Jesus answered them, "Is it not written in your Law, 'I have said you are "gods"'? If he called them 'gods,' to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be set aside— what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, 'I am God's Son'? Do not believe me unless I do the works of my Father. But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father." Again they tried to seize him, but he escaped their grasp.

 

Reflect

Jesus meets his opponents here not with rage or violence but with artful words from Scripture, the very thing they had tried to use against him as a weapon. How would you contrast Jesus' methods with those of his opponents?

Respond

When you quote the Bible to others, whether those you agree with or those you don't, set your heart on using it as Jesus did, as a tool to gain wisdom and not as a weapon to oppress or shame.

 

 

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