The rescuer is still here
John 8 v21-30 (see at the end of the devotion)
This is day one of ten days of further forecasted rain where I live. It means that once again the river which has already burst its banks bringing devastation to many homes is going to rise again. Once again the Environment agency will be trying to rescue people and once again some will resist that rescue not wanting to leave their homes.
Jesus the Messiah came to rescue people but the people resisted.
It was a dangerous time. The forecasts were not good. People were living under the oppression of the pagan Romans. Great instability was taking place in the whole region. If only they had received the rescuer their lives would have been spared. That’s what John and the other gospel-writers record, v21 “you will die in your sin when I have gone away.” But it goes over their heads. They don’t pay attention to the threat. If only they knew what was around the corner. That in their lifetime, within the next 30-40 years tremendous hardship and persecution would come on their beautiful city by the Roman emperors. But their thoughts are on Jesus. “Where is he going? What does he mean?”v22.
We are then taken to the cross in the gospel. Jesus says they would lift him up, inferring their part they would play and not just the Romans in putting him on the cross, v28. But that it would be the cross which answers their question of “who are you?” in v25. The cross still does that. To know Him is to go through the way of the cross. Our sin put him there.
But they are going to miss this truth. They are of this world and they will not receive it, v23.
Destruction will soon come.
Today we wake and once again the coronavirus will be front pages of our news feeds. It is spreading across the world. Will this be a pandemic? How many will die? When will it be contained?
I will be in Kenya soon and today it faces Biblical proportions of locusts devastating that nation.
Great persecution will continue today in many parts of the world and the saints will be martyred again.
The world will miss the rescuer though the signs are all around that it needs rescuing.
BUT NOT EVERYONE!
The question is still being asked of Jesus, ‘who are you?’ and it is still causing many to believe in him, v30.
21 Once more Jesus said to them, ‘I am going away, and you will look for me, and you will die in your sin. Where I go, you cannot come.’ 22 This made the Jews ask, ‘Will he kill himself? Is that why he says, “Where I go, you cannot come”?’ 23 But he continued, ‘You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. 24 I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am he, you will indeed die in your sins.’ 25 ‘Who are you?’ they asked. ‘Just what I have been telling you from the beginning,’ Jesus replied. 26 ‘I have much to say in judgment of you. But he who sent me is trustworthy, and what I have heard from him I tell the world.’ 27 They did not understand that he was telling them about his Father. 28 So Jesus said, ‘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 but speak just what the Father has taught me. 29 The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.’ 30 Even as he spoke, many believed in him.