Who is Jesus to You?

Some of you may have noticed that I haven’t been regularly posting thoughts from my Bible readings like I was earlier in the year. In part, that is because I had gotten behind on my chronological reading plan, but now that I’m caught up, I’m going to try and finish the year strong and keep on track.
 
Today’s reading was John 9:1-10:21. A couple thoughts from that passage:
 
First, we need to be very careful about making claims about how God is working in the lives of others. Both Jesus’ disciples and the Jewish religious leaders were wrong about the man who had been born blind. They wrongly assumed that he was blind because either he or his parents had sinned. But Jesus revealed that it was not because of their sin but rather so that the works of God might be displayed in him. This fits with what I’ve been learning as I preach through Romans 8. God can use even the painful and difficult things in our life for the good of making us more like Jesus and bringing glory to Himself.
 
We are prone to make the same mistake that the disciples and the religious leaders made when we see suffering in the lives of others and assume that God is “punishing” them for some sin. While it is true that God does discipline His children because He loves them, most of the trials in life are not because God is judging some sin.
 
The second thing that is apparent in this passage is that Jesus is always going to cause division. Some of the Jews looked at the works that Jesus did and listened to the words He spoke and claimed that He was a demon or insane. Others observed those same things and understood that only someone “from God” could do those things. The world is still divided along those lines today. There are only two options. Either you believe that Jesus is God in the flesh and put your faith in Him and receive eternal life. Or you do not believe that and you do not receive eternal life.
 
And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. (1 John 5:11-2 ESV)

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