Scripture: John 7-8. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
Jesus’ brothers had a hard time believing in him and would ridicule him. As we read the next couple chapters in the Book of John, we learn about Jesus’ brothers ridiculing him, Jesus teaching openly at the temple, religious leaders attempt to arrest Jesus, how Jesus forgives an adulterous woman, how Jesus is the light of the world, God’s coming judgment upon all people, Jesus speaking about God’s true children, and Jesus stating that he is eternal. Follow along in John 7-8 to see what lessons we can learn from Jesus and his example for others!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
Jesus’ brothers had a hard time believing in him; however, once he died and rose again, they finally became believers. God’s Word, the Bible, gives us a full record of Jesus’ miracles, death, and resurrection. We also have evidence of God working in people’s lives. We must choose to believe in God and His son Jesus. Because the world hated Jesus, we can expect to be ridiculed for our faith, as well. We must be followers of Christ wholeheartedly, no matter what we have to go through in life. God is our protector, and He will guide us. We are to be courageous and stick up for our beliefs and morals. People had many different reactions to Jesus. We must be sure we know who Jesus is, knowing that whatever we decide will have eternal consequences. God’s truth is in His Word, and we should search carefully and with an open mind when reading the Bible. We are all sinners. When others are caught in sin, we should not be judgmental. Only God can judge; and, when we judge others, we act as though we have never sinned. We are to show forgiveness and compassion to others. Our God is a very forgiving Father, and He is waiting with open arms for us to repent, ask for forgiveness, and turn back to Him. He loves us so much that He sent His one and only Son Jesus to die for our sins. We must be sure to thank Him for the gift of salvation, and many other blessings, daily. One day, all those who obey God and follow Him will live in eternity with Him.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Book of John, and the lessons that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the unique gifts and talents that You give to each one of us; help us to work in unity with others to accomplish Your plan. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.