Day 30 (March 26), John 10:31-42
Context: Once again, a verbal prize fight between Jesus and the religious leaders culminates in a potential stoning. This time the Jews switch from claiming ‘Jesus heals on the Sabbath, thereby breaking the law,’ to ‘blasphemy, because he makes himself out to be God.’ Once again, Jesus confirms that his miraculous works are a ‘witness’ of his divinity and that he and the Father are one. He escapes his arrest and then returns to the land across the Jordan where John baptized and now many people believed.
Observations: How does verse 33 fit the narrative some people have that Jesus never claimed to be God? What do you think Jesus felt like when they picked up the stones? Why was there such divisiveness with respect to Jesus in Jerusalem, but when he returned to the place John was baptizing earlier many people believed in Jesus? Jesus had different adversaries than we do … but how does his boldness, faith and resolve relate to our COVID-19 circumstances today?
Application: Glean every ounce of hope you can from Jesus today. Though close to arrest (and death) multiple times, his hour had not yet come. And, with respect to the sheep, we can hear his voice and no one can snatch us from the Father’s hand. Meditate on these truths as you face uncertainties about your job, school and business closings, COVID-19 screening and infection/mortality rates. Do you really believe God KNOWS all about your circumstances?!
Prayer: Cast all your anxiety on the Lord, because He cares for you. Think of a fisherman ‘casting’ and then do this in an even more real way. Look at people and situations through the eyes of Jesus and remember this quote, ‘There is no such thing as danger, only opportunity.’ Do you know who said it? Revealed tomorrow!