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Jesus Cleans the Temple for the Second Time
In Chapter 25, after Jesus changed the water into wine, he cast the moneychangers and those buying and selling animals for the sacrifices out of the temple.
He entered the temple again, and here they were again, buying and selling, and He drove them all out and overturned the trays of the moneychangers. He would not let any man bring goods onto the temple.
Jesus taught them, “Is it not written that My house shall be called the house of prayer; but you have made it into a cave of bandits?”
The high priests heard this, and tried to figure out how to get rid of Him, but were not able to, because all the people were gathered around Him to hear Him, and were amazed at His teaching. They brought blind and lame people to him and He healed them.
The high priests and Pharisees were very displeased, because the boys in the temple were crying “Hosanna to the son of David! [meaning "Oh, save now, son of David!]” They said to Jesus, “Do you hear what they are saying?”
Jesus answered, “Yes, have you never read ‘From the mouths of infants and little children, you have composed a song?’ "
When evening came, Jesus left them and went outside of the city to Bethany to spend the night.370
370. Matthew 21:12-17; Mark 11:15-19; Luke 19:45-48.
Jesus Teaches the Disciples How to Pray
The next day they again passed by the fig tree that Jesus had cursed [Chapter 138]. It was completely withered from its roots. The disciples saw it, and were amazed and Peter asked, “Master, how is it that the fig tree that you cursed is has withered so soon?”
Apparently Jesus did not feel a need to tell the disciples that the Jews would be scattered over the entire earth for the next two thousand years, and would again be gathered together into Israel in 1948, at which time they would turn the dessert area into a nation lush with foliage, as He had prophesied.
Instead He told them, “Truthfully I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt it, you will perform a deed not only like I did to this fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be moved and fall into the sea’, and do not doubt it in your heart, it shall be done.
“And anything you ask in prayer, believe that you will receive it, and it will be done for you.
“When you stand up to pray, forgive whatever you have against any man, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your trespasses. If you will not forgive others, your Father in heaven will not forgive you.”371
Jesus said that when you pray, believe that you will receive it. If you hope that you will receive it, you have cancelled your prayer. Pray and wait; it took a day for the fig tree to look dead. It took 120 years for Noah’s rain to come. It may take a long time for your prayer to be answered; but pray and believe that it will be answered.
371. Matthew 21:19-22; Mark 11:20-26.
The High Priests, Scribes and Elders Challenge Jesus’ Authority
During the day Jesus taught in the temple, and at night He would return to the mountain called the Place of Olives, where He would rest. All the people would go to the temple ahead of Him to hear Him teach.372
On one of the days, when Jesus was teaching and preaching in the temple, the high priests, scribes and elders rose up against Him. They said to Him, “Tell us by what authority you do these things, and who gave you this authority?”
Jesus answered, saying to them, “I will also ask you a question, and if you answer me, I will tell you by what authority I do these things.
“From whence is the baptism of John? Is it from heaven or from men?”
They reasoned among themselves, saying “If we should say to him, ‘From heaven’, he will say, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ “If we should say, ‘From men,’ he will say, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ And all the people will stone us, for they regard John as a true prophet.”
So they answered Jesus, “We do not know from whence it is.”
Then Jesus said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”373
Of course there is no need to ask you, dear reader, by what authority Jesus taught and preached. In Mark 5 (Chapter 61 of this book), even the demons possessing the insane man cried out, “What have I to do with you, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?”
Jesus then asked those who questioned Him, “What do you think? A man had two sons and he came to the first son and told him, ‘My son, go and work in the vineyard.’
“But he told him that he did not want to. Later he regretted what he said and went and worked in the vineyard.
“The man went to the other son and asked him to work in the vineyard. This son answered, ‘Here am I, my lord;’ but he did not go.
“Which of these two sons did the will of their father?”
Those questioning Jesus answered Him, “The first one.”
Then Jesus told them, “Surely I say to you that even the tax collectors and the harlots will precede you into the kingdom of God. John came to you by the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him; but you did not repent so that later you may believe him, even though you saw it.”374
373. Matthew 21: 23-27; Mark 11:27-33; Luke 20:1-8.
374. Matthew 21: 28-32.
The Parable of the Wicked Laborers
Jesus then gave them another parable." A man who was a householder planted a vineyard and fenced it. He dug a winepress and a tower in it, and then he leased it to laborers and went on a journey for a long time. When the grapes were ripe, he sent a servant to the tenant laborers, that they might send him some of the grapes from his vineyard. But the laborers beat him and sent back without fruits.
“When he sent another servant, they beat him and treated him shamefully, sent him back empty. He sent another servant and they stoned and wounded him and sent him away in disgrace. He sent other servants, and some they beat and others they killed.
“Finally the owner said what shall I do? I will send my beloved son; perhaps they will see him and be ashamed. When the laborers saw the son, they said among themselves, this is the heir: come, let us kill him and the inheritance will be ours. They seized him and took him out of the vineyard and killed him.
then will the owner do to them? He will come and destroy those laborers and give
the vineyard to others who give the fruits to him in their season.”375
[This parable was about the Jews persecuting all the prophets that God had sent, and then God finally sent His Son Jesus.]
Jesus looked at them and said, “Have you never read in the scripture: The stone which the builders rejected, the same became the cornerstone; this was from the LORD, and it is a marvel in our eyes. Whoever falls on that stone will be broken; and whomever it falls upon, it will destroy?”
When the high priest and Pharisees heard His parables, they understood that He was speaking against them. They wanted to seize and arrest Him, but they were afraid of the people because the people regarded Jesus as a prophet; so they left Him and went away.376
There is no record of the original tenants coming back and asking forgiveness. The 39 books of the Hebrew Scripture according to the Masoretic text from The Jewish Publication Society of America, published in 1917 http://jewishpub.org/pdf/Tanakh1917.pdf do not include any of the 14 books of the Apocrypha, which means “hidden”. Fifteen of these Jewish books were received as canonical by the Roman Catholic Church in 1546 at the Council of Trent, but were used for many centuries before then. Some of today’s “tenants” will also kill God’s servants who dare to say that acceptance of Jesus as Lord and Savior is the only way to heaven.
375. This was Jesus’ prophecy that He would take the kingdom of God away from
the Israelites and give it to the Gentiles.
376. Matthew 21:33-46; Mark 12:1-12; Luke 20:9-19.
Parable of the Wedding Feast for the King’s Son
Jesus then gave another parable, “The kingdom of heaven is like a wedding feast that a king gave for his son [that God gave for Jesus].
“He sent his servants to call those who he invited, but they would not come. So he sent other servants, saying ‘Tell those who were invited, Behold my supper is ready and my oxen and fatlings have been killed; everything is prepared, so come to the wedding feast’.377
“They sneered and went away, one to his field and another to his business. The others seized the king’s servants and killed them.
“When the king heard this he sent out his armies in anger, and destroyed those murderers and burned down their city.
“Then he told his servants, ‘The wedding feast is now ready and those who I invited were unworthy; so go therefore to the main roads and invite whoever you find to the marriage feast.’
“The servants went out on the roads and gathered everyone they could find, whether they were bad or good; and the banquet house was filled with guests.
“When the king came to see the guests, he saw a man not wearing wedding garments. He asked him, ‘My friend how did you come in here when you have no wedding garments?’ And the man was speechless.
He ordered his servants to bind this man’s hands and feet and take him out into the darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Many are called, and few are chosen”.378
Of course, God is the king in this parable, and Jesus is God’s Son. The servants are the disciples. This is Jesus’ description of the time when His believers and followers are taken into heaven. There is only one way in and that is through belief in Jesus as God’s only begotten Son (John 3:16). No other group, doctrine, belief, work, actions, righteousness nor any other way can give you your wedding garment.
See Luke 14:16-24.
378. Matthew 22:1-14.
The Pharisees again schemed how to trap Jesus and sent spies comprised of scribes and Herodians to trap Jesus into speaking against the Roman government so they could deliver Him to the judge and then to the Roman governor. They asked Him, “Teacher, we know that you are impartial and teach the way of God justly and truthfully, for you do not discriminate between men. Tell us then, what do you think? Is it lawful to pay head tax to Caesar or not?”379
Jesus knew their evil craftiness and their scheme, so He said, “Why do you tempt me, oh hypocrites? Show me the head tax penny, that I may see it.” So they brought him a penny.
Jesus asked them, “Whose image and inscription is this?”
They said Caesar’s. Jesus said to them, “Give therefore to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s”
When they heard this, they were amazed, so they left Him in silence because they were not able to get a word out of Jesus in front of the people.380
379. According to Lamsa, this was a tax levied on every male, and it is still
required in the East.
380. Matthew 22:15-22; Mark 12:13-17; Luke 20:20-26.
That same day some Sadducees who did not believe in resurrection of the dead came to Jesus and said, “Teacher, Moses wrote to us381 that if a man’s brother should die and he has a wife without children, his brother should take his wife and raise up offspring for his brother.
“There were seven brothers; the first married and died, and left no children, and he left his wife to his brother. Likewise the second son married her and died without children. The third one married her, and likewise up to the seventh son. After all of these sons married her and left no offspring, the woman also died.
“Therefore at the resurrection, to which of these seven will she be a wife? For all seven had married her.”
Jesus answered, “You err, because you do not understand the scriptures or the power of God. The sons of this world marry women, and women are given to men in marriage. Those who are worthy of the other world and the resurrection from the dead neither marry women, nor are women given to men in marriage.
“They cannot die again because they are like the angels of God in heaven; they are sons of God. Concerning the resurrection of the dead, even Moses pointed it out. Have you not read in the book of Moses what God said to him from the bush, ‘I am the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob?’382
“God is not the God of the dead, but of the living; for all live to God. Therefore, you greatly err.”
When the people heard it, they were amazed at His teaching. One of the scribes said, “Teacher you have spoken well.”383
Jesus was speaking here to the Sadducees who followed the Law of Moses and who Josephus described as being active from the second century before Christ to the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD. These people were very similar to the Essenes and Pharisees who opposed Jesus and who had to obey all the laws of Moses in order to please God. They did not believe in the resurrection of the dead or heaven, and their question about marriage in heaven was meant to prove that heaven does not exist. Jesus reprimanded them by saying that God was the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, who died long before Moses lived. Throughout the Old Testament, marriage is sanctified by God. It was under the Law of Moses that Jesus was speaking to the Sadducees, and added that those who are worthy of the resurrection and heaven are virgins who never marry (in heaven). Neither the Essenes the Sadducees believed in heaven.
Chapter 2 explains the tree of eternal life and how Jesus died for us that we might live with Him in heaven. In explaining the resurrection of the dead, Jesus gives us an indication of what life will be like in heaven.
381. Deuteronomy 25: 5, 6.
382. Exodus 3:6.
383. Matthew 22:23-33; Mark 12: 18-27; Luke 30:27-30.
When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees with a good answer, they conversed and one of the scribes who knew the law asked him, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment of all?”
Jesus said to him, “The first of all commandments is: Hear. Oh Israel, the LORD our God is one LORD; and you must love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all might and with your entire mind. This is the first and the greatest commandment.
“The second is like it: You must love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang the law and the prophets. There is no other commandment greater than these.”
When the scribe heard this, he said to him, “Well, Teacher, you have said the truth, that He is the One God, and there is no other besides Him. A man should love Him with all his heart and with his entire mind and with all his soul and all his might; and he should love his neighbor as himself; this is far more important than all the burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
When Jesus heard how wisely he replied, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.”384
These two commandments sum up the great Ten Commandments of Exodus 20:
"And God spoke all these words:
2. "I am
the LORD your God, who brought you out of the Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
3. "You shall have no other gods before me."
4. "You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.
5. "You shall not bow down to them or worship them [is that why our government bans the Ten Commandments in public places?]; for I, the LORD your God am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,
6. “showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.
7. "You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses My name.
8. "Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
9. "Six days you shall labor and do all your work.
10. "The seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it, you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates.
11. "In six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
12.. "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD is giving you.
13. "You shall not murder.
14. "You shall not commit adultery.
15. "You shall not steal.
16. "You shall not give false testimony [lie] against your neighbor.
17. "You shall not covet [desire or crave] your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
Both non-believers and believers in God hate the Ten Commandments. Why? Because no person that has ever lived other than God's only begotten Son Jesus Christ has ever obeyed all the Ten Commandments. Therefore the Ten Commandments tell you that you will perish. The Ten Commandments are an important part of God's Intelligent Design. Jesus said that even thinking about lusting after another man’s wife is the same as of you did it. If we claim to be sinless, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us (1John 1:8).
Jesus Christ made a new set of commandments. The first is in John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that anyone that believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life." If you believe that Jesus is God's only begotten Son, will obeying the Ten Commandments get you to heaven? No. No believer has ever been able to obey the Ten Commandments. The only thing that can get you to heaven is by believing that God gave the world His only begotten Son Jesus, who paid for your sins. Even so, you must love God and love your neighbor.
The next commandment Jesus gave is that whenever you break bread [break it, slice it, bite into it] and eat it, remember that Jesus' body was broken for you. If you remember this, you will be healed of any infirmity. He was wounded for our transgressions, and by His stripes you are healed. Will breaking and eating bread heal you? No. Will faith that if you break and eat bread you will be healed heal you? No. The reason you will be healed is because Jesus said it, and Jesus never told a lie. All you have to do is break and eat the bread and remember that Jesus' body was broken for you so that you will be healed.
The next commandment is that whenever you drink wine; think of the blood of Jesus that He shed to pay for your sins. Whenever you drink wine and remember this, your sins are forgiven. Will drinking wine heal you? No. Will drinking wine and obeying the Ten Commandments heal you? No. Will faith that if you drink wine and think about Jesus' blood that was shed for your sins cause your sins to be forgiven? No, your faith is not required. The only reason that your sins are forgiven is that Jesus said it. Jesus never told a lie. Simply drink the wine and think about Jesus' blood that it was shed for you and your sins are forgiven.
The Old Testament gives about six hundred more commandments and Proverbs 6:16- 19 gives seven more things that the LORD hates:
2. A lying tongue.
3. Hands that shed innocent blood.
4. A heart that devises wicked imaginations.
5. Feet that are swift in running to mischief.
6. A false witness who speaks lies.
7. He who sows discord among brothers and sisters.
Proverbs 6:20-35 goes on to tell you that a commandment is a lamp and a light, and the reproofs of instruction are the very way of life. Also, stay away from evil women and do not lust after them. He who commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding and destroys his own soul.
Receive Jesus’ suffering and sacrifice for your sins; for every person who ever lived has sinned except Jesus, and Jesus is our only salvation from our sins. Live your life obeying the two Greatest Commandments, as your life will be much happier and satisfying. Love, obey and follow Jesus Christ, the coming Messiah.
384. Matthew 22:34-40; Mark 12:28-34.
After Jesus told them the two greatest commandments, no man ever dared again to ask Him any question concerning anything. Jesus continued teaching them in the temple, and he asked them, “How can the scribes say concerning the Christ that he is the son of David? Whose son is he?”
And they answered, “The son of David.”
So Jesus asked, “How is it then that David through the spirit calls him Lord? In the book of Psalms he said the LORD said to my Lord, ‘Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.’385
“Now therefore, if David himself calls him my Lord, how then can he be his son?” From that day on, all the people heard Him with pleasure and no one dared to question him.386
Was Jesus saying that He was not the ancestor of David? Since Jesus’ adoptive father was Joseph of the lineage of Solomon, and only Mary and the Holy Ghost were Jesus’ parents, we need to look at Mary’s ancestry. The Bible does not tell us who Mary’s parents were, but early non-biblical writings, including the 2nd century Apocryphal Gospel of James state that her parents were an elderly couple, Joachim and Anne. One of these two was the brother or sister of Elizabeth, who was Mary’s cousin.387 Elizabeth’s father was the priest Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist388 and who was of the lineage of Levi. Elizabeth was also of the lineage of Aaron 389 so it appears that Mary was of the lineage of David.
The Israelites only recorded the lineage of men and the point that Jesus was making was what He had said several times in the past, that He was the Son of God390 and always referred to God as His Father.
385. Psalm 110:1; I Chronicles 17:11-12.
386. Matthew 22:41-46; Mark12:34b-37; Luke 20:40-44.
387. Luke 1:5, 36.
388. Luke 1:8-17.
389. Luke 1:5.
390. e.g. John 3:16.
While Jesus was still teaching in the temple and all the people were listening, Jesus said to his disciples, “Beware of the scribes and Pharisees who like to walk in long robes and love to be greeted in the streets and take the front seats in the synagogues and the head places at the banquets, those who embezzle the property of widows under the pretense of making long prayers.391 They bind heavy burdens to put on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to touch these burdens even with their finger.
“All the works they do are just to be seen by others. They widen the fringes of their garments and lengthen the end of their robes so they will called Rabbi. Because of this they shall receive a greater judgment.
“The scribes and Pharisees sit in the chair of Moses; so whatever they tell you to obey, you should obey and do it; but do not do according to their works, for they do not do what they say.
“You should not be called Rabbi; for one is your Master and you are all brothers. Do not call anyone on earth father, because you have one Father in heaven. You should not be called leader, for your leader is the Christ. Whoever is the greatest among you let him be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
“Woe to you hypocritical scribes and Pharisees! You shut up the kingdom of heaven against men because you do not go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who would enter it to go in.”392
The Jews tried to obey the law, and it only condemned them. Do you really want to obey it on your own, or will you let Jesus, who obeyed the law and was sacrificed to pay for your sins be your Savior?
This is not only a lesson to the religious leaders of that time, but is still true today where the leaders wear long, wide robes and backward collars and like to sit at the head of banquet tables. They are responsible for those that they lead astray. In John 10:27 Jesus told the Jews, “My sheep hear my voice and I know them and they follow me.” Today’s preachers should only preach what they hear in their conversations with God. They should only go where they are told to go. A good preacher tells the church not to follow him, but to follow Christ A good preacher should not keep telling his people to tithe to him and his church, but rather to give to the poor, the widows, the orphans and the needy, and to bless and help Israel and the rest of the world to accept Yeshua Jesus as Messiah.
391. Widows without children would entrust their property to pious men.
392. Matthew 23:1-14; Mark 12:38-40; Luke 20:45-47.
“Woe to you hypocritical scribes and Pharisees! You travel land and sea to win one proselyte. When he becomes one, you make him twice more the son of hell than you are.393
“Woe to you blind leaders! You say whoever swears by the temple is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold in the temple is guilty. Now which is greater you blind fools, the gold or the temple that sanctifies the gold? Whoever swears by the altar should know that the altar is nothing, and whoever swears by the offering on the altar is also guilty. Which is greater, you blind fools, the offering or the altar that sanctifies the offering? Whoever swears by the altar swears by it and everything that is on it. Whoever swears by the temple swears by everything that is in it. He who swears by heaven swears by the throne of God and by Him who sits on it.
“Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites, for you take tithes of mint, dill and cumin and have overlooked the more important matters of the law, such as justice, mercy and trustworthiness. These were necessary for you to have done and those very things by no means should be left undone. You are blind guides who strain at gnats and swallow camels!
“Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites who clean the outside of the cup and plate but their inside are full of extortion and sin. You blind scribes and Pharisees should first clean the inside of the cup and plate so that their outside may also be clean.
“Woe to you hypocrite scribes and Pharisees, for you are like tombs that are painted white and look beautiful on the outside, but inside are full of dead bones and all sorts of corruption. That is how you appear to be righteous to men, but within you are full of iniquity and hypocrisy.
“Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites, for you build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous. You say that if you had been living in the days of your forefathers, you would not have partaken with them of the blood of the prophets; but you testify of yourselves that you are the children of those that murdered the prophets. You also measure up to your fathers. Oh you serpents and offspring of scorpions! How can you flee from the judgment of hell?
“Because of this, I am sending you prophets and wise men and scribes. You will kill and crucify them, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and pursue from town to town.394
“Thus you will be guilty of all the righteous blood that was spilled on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zachariah, the son of Barachiah395, whom you killed between the temple and the altar.
“I am telling you truly that these things will come upon this generation”396
393. Are these unsaved followers of unsaved missionaries?
394. This prophecy came true when the disciples and apostles preached and healed. See the book of Acts.
395. Zechariah, Zacharias, Berekiah, Barachias in some translations.
396. Matthew 23:15-36.
Jesus then sat down in front of the treasury and watched how the people cast their alms into the treasury; and the rich men were casting in a lot of money.
Then a poor widow came and cast in two pennies. Jesus called his disciples and he said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has cast in more than every man who is casting. All of them cast into the house of God the offerings to God out of their abundance; but out of her poverty she cast in everything that she earned, even all of her possessions.397
397. Mark 12:41-44; Luke 21:1-4.
There were some Gentiles,398 individuals from other nations, who had heard about Jesus and came up to Jerusalem to worship at the feast. These people came to Philip who was from Bethsaida of Galilee and told him that they wished to see Jesus. Philip then told Andrew, and Philip and Andrew told Jesus.
Jesus then replied, “The hour is coming that the Son of man will be glorified. Truly, truly I tell you that unless a grain of wheat falls to the earth and dies, it will remain alone; but if it dies, it produces much fruit.399
“He who loves his life will lose it. He who has no concern for his life in this world and makes himself unpopular among the people will have everlasting life. If anyone becomes my servant and follows me, he will go wherever I go, and my Father will honor him.
“Now my soul is troubled, and what should I say? Father, deliver me from this hour? It is for this hour that I have come. Oh Father, glory be to your name.”
Then a voice was heard from heaven saying, “I am glorified, and I shall be glorified again!”
The people standing by heard it and said, “It was thunder.” Others who heard it said, “An angel spoke to him.”
Jesus said, “This voice you heard was not on my account, but for your sake. Now is the time for judgment of this world. Now the leader of this world [Satan] will be cast out. When I am lifted up from the earth, I will enable everyone to come to me.”
Jesus said this show what kind of death He was to die.
Then the people said to Him, “We have heard that the anointed one will rule forever. So how can you say that the Son of man must be raised up? Who is this Son of man?”
Jesus answered, “The light is with you for a little while. Walk while you have light, so that the darkness may not overcome you. Whoever walks in darkness does not know where he goes. Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become the sons of light.”
Jesus then left and hid Himself from them.400
Steve Tvedten, my “co-author” once asked God if he would ever have any glory. God answered, “No – but one day I’ll share mine with you.”
398. All English versions of the Bible say that these were Greeks. The Aramaic
word ammey means Gentiles, or individuals from other nations such as
Syria, Idumaea (Edom), and other neighboring areas. Edom was the region where
the descendants of Esau, the oldest son of Isaac lived; so these or some of
these also may have been Jews from neighboring nations rather than Gentiles, or
399. Jesus was referring here to himself, the Human God, who because He was God, but also human, had to die in order for his mission of gathering fruit (souls) for His Father could be accomplished.
400. John 12:20-36.
Even Though Jesus had performed all these miracles before them, they still did not believe Him. This was so that the prophecy of the prophet Isaiah would be fulfilled, who said, “My Lord, who will believe our report? To whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”401
For this reason they could not believe, because Isaiah also said, “Their eyes have become blind and their hearts darkened, so that they cannot see with their eyes and understand with their hearts; let them return and I will heal them.”402
Isaiah said these things when he saw the glory of Jesus and spoke concerning Him.
Many of the leaders believed in Jesus, but because of the Pharisees, did not confess it; otherwise they would be thrown out of the synagogue, for they loved the honor of men more than the glory of God.403
401. Isaiah 53:1.
402. Isaiah 44:18; 6:9-10.
403. John 12:37-43.
Then Jesus cried out saying, “Whoever believes in me does not believe in me, but in Him who sent me! And whoever sees me has already seen the One who sent me.404 I am the light that came into the universe, so that whoever believes in me does not remain in darkness. Whoever hears my words and does not obey them, I will not condemn them; for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.
“Whoever persecutes me and does not accept my teachings, there is one who will judge you at the last day. I did not speak by myself, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and what to speak.405
“I know that His commandment represents everlasting life. Therefore these things that I speak are just as my Father told me, which is how I speak.”406
God loves us and He did not create us for the purpose of destroying us, or of punishing us forever. He created us for the purpose of living with Him forever in a mutual feeling of love for Him and Him for us.
If we reject Jesus, we still have a chance if we can love God and obey all His rules. This has been impossible so far, for all have sinned and come short of the glory of god407. If we separate ourselves from our Creator, God does not destroy us; we separate ourselves from God and reap the consequences of not living under God’s love.404. Here again Jesus declares that He is God.
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