QT 21/04/2024 Sunday John 12. Reject or Devote? 拒绝或拥抱?

QT 21/04/2024 Sunday John 12. Reject or Devote? 拒绝或拥抱?

QT 21/04/2024 Sunday John 12

As time and more miracles went by, the responses to "I AM" were clearly in two camps: unbelief (e.g. John 12:36b-41) and devotion (e.g. John 12:1-3).

Expressions of devotion to Jesus did not mind the use of one's private treasures in public declarations of worship. The use of "A pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard" (John 12:3) expressed the devotion of the donor. Judah's criticism of this act citing the needs of the poor hid the true greed behind it (John 12:5-6).

Expressions of unbelief deteriorated to not only rejecting Jesus Christ but also resorting to killing His witnesses as well. The chief priests "made plans to put Lazarus to death as well" (John 12:10) for the mere reason that "on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus" (John 12:11).

Others struggled between these two camps because "they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God" (John 12:43).

Jesus declared the benefits of believing in Him and the judgment for those who rejected Him (John 12:44-50). Even the Father testified from heaven (John 12:28).

REFLECTION: It is decision time now. What's your choice? Which camp are you in?

星期四2024年4月21日 今日读经:约翰福音12章




其他人挣扎于这两派人之间,因为“他们爱人的荣耀,过于爱 神的荣耀”(约12:43)。