Reactions to Jesus

Posted: April 12, 2015 in John

John 7:25-36, “Reactions to Jesus”

Although I don’t usually stay up for late-night TV, the “man on the street” interviews can be quite entertaining.  Ranging from bizarre answers to who people think our Vice-President is, to what they think about other items in the news, it can be both funny and sad (considering the level of ignorance out there).  If late-night TV had existed in 1st century Jerusalem, its “man on the street” interview regarding Jesus may have looked something like what we see in John 7.  Opinions on Jesus varied wildly, and people didn’t quite know what to think.

Remember that Jesus had gone to Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles.  According to the chronology in the gospel of John, this is likely His last Feast of Tabernacles prior to the next Passover during which He’ll be crucified (and resurrected!).  The cross is six months away, Jesus has been publicly ministering for 2.5 years, and opinions about Jesus are setting in.

Jesus had arrived in Jerusalem for the feast in secret.  He had not gone down with His brothers nor in any kind of fanfare, despite having every opportunity to do so – especially after His miracle of feeding the 5000 in Galilee, and the other miracles He did in Galilee & beyond Judea as recorded in the synoptic gospels.  When He arrived in Jerusalem, the crowds were already debating Him, mumbling and grumbling about Him on one hand & others proclaiming His goodness on the other. After Jesus showed Himself publicly and taught, the debate continued with people wondering how He knew so much.  He hadn’t studied in Jerusalem schools or had any ancient equivalent of seminary – how could this Man teach with such accuracy and authority?  That’s when Jesus spoke up directly to them, telling them that those who received His teaching received the teaching of God.  Those who seek to do the will of God would recognize Jesus and His teaching for what it is.

Of course the problem for Jesus’ hearers is that they were NOT seeking to do the will of God and receive the teaching of God.  That much was plain from the plots to kill Jesus.  The crowds denied it, but it was true.  They had judged wrongly about Jesus, and their eternity hung in the balance.

That brings us to the ongoing debate in vss. 25-36.  The people hadn’t settled on any sort of opinion about Jesus, though they now seemingly spoke a bit more openly (as opposed to earlier).  Once more, the reactions to Jesus run the gamut, and Jesus is alternatively sought to be taken by the Jerusalem mob and the Pharisees’ servants.  Some thought they knew everything about Jesus – others knew they didn’t have a clue about Him.  Some were angered by Him – a few came to faith.

Reactions to Jesus still run the gamut.  What’s yours?

John 7:25–36
25 Now some of them from Jerusalem said, “Is this not He whom they seek to kill? 26 But look! He speaks boldly, and they say nothing to Him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is truly the Christ?

  1. It was just a little while earlier that the people of Jerusalem accused Jesus of having a demon for claiming (accurately) that the Jews sought to kill Him.  Now they freely admit it, being aware that the Pharisees and priests openly opposed Jesus due to His willingness to heal on the Sabbath day and for His openness in teaching that He is God.  According to the Pharisees, Jesus was a lawbreaker and blasphemer; in reality Jesus both taught and acted according to the truth.  The people in the city could see the difference, even if not all of them moved in faith because of it.
  2. From the people’s perspective, the interesting thing to them was the action of their religious leaders, or lack of it.  They knew the leaders wanted Jesus dead, but the Pharisees and priests did nothing about it.  No question the Pharisees had the manpower to arrest Jesus – why hadn’t they done it?  The people looked at this & saw the lack of action as a potential testimony to the truth.  Surely if Jesus was this bold & bodly wrong, then the Pharisees and priests would do something about it.  Because they did nothing, was it a silent witness to the truth Jesus spoke?
  3. Of course we know the answer is both yes & no.  Yes, the Pharisees and priests knew the truth, though they willfully blinded themselves to it.  They had seen the actions of Jesus and knew that He was from God.  They heard the teachings of Jesus and knew He was a Rabbi like no other.  They just didn’t like the implications of what He taught, and that’s why they wanted Him dead.  That said, it’s not that the Pharisees and priests did not want to act; they could not act.  This is made clear later on in the passage.  Even when they did try to arrest Jesus, they couldn’t do it because God did not allow it.  One of the themes that pops up again and again in John 7 is how God is sovereign over every aspect of Jesus’ ministry.  God had His own plan and timing in place, and the Pharisees (nor anyone else) was allowed to interrupt it one bit.

27 However, we know where this Man is from; but when the Christ comes, no one knows where He is from.”

  1. Here’s the first reaction to Jesus: arrogance.  The people may have debated whether or not the Pharisees and priests believed Jesus, but some of the crowd settled on their own excuse of why they didn’t believe: they knew Jesus’ background (or at least they thought they did).  It was common knowledge that Jesus was from Nazareth in Galilee, and because of this the people thought they had all of the biographical information they required.  They thought they had seen the extent of Jesus’ résumé, and they rejected Him.  (We’ll find that Jesus’ Galilean background comes up again later in Ch. 7 with the Pharisees.  Here, it’s with the general crowd in Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles.)  Although the people knew a part of Jesus’ background, they didn’t know the whole story.  They were unaware that Jesus had been born in Bethlehem, in fulfillment of prophecy.  And they were willfully ignorant of Jesus’ divine origins.  This is something that Jesus had taught many times, and would do so again in response to this latest statement by the Jews.
  2. Actually, one of the fundamental problems here wasn’t only their lack of listening to Jesus, but their extra-biblical tradition that caused them to say this in the first place.  They claimed “when the Christ comes, no one knows where He is from.”  Nowhere in the Scripture does it say that the Messiah’s origin will be secret.  There are a few prophecies that show the Messiah appearing suddenly, but nothing that says that He will appear out of nowhere with no clue as to His background.  In fact, the Bible teaches exactly the opposite.  It openly proclaims the Messiah to come from the tribe of Judah (Gen 49:10) – to be a descendent of David (2 Sam 7:12) – to be born in Bethlehem (Mic 5:2), etc.  The Biblical prophecies are actually very precise regarding the Messianic origin.  So where did the people get the idea that the Messiah would be secret?  Their tradition. In the Babylonian Talmud (Sanhedrin 97a), a Rabbi Zera taught “Three things come unawares: Messiah, a found article, and a scorpion.”  In regards to the Messiah’s glorious coming in judgment, the rabbi was absolutely correct – no one knows the day or the hour the Son of Man will come (Mt 24:36).  But if the rabbi’s words are interpreted to refer to the Messiah’s origins (which they were), then his statement is completely wrong.  The people took their traditions and teaching apart from the Bible, and made them their Biblical interpretation.  The result was that they couldn’t interpret the Bible rightly at all and they missed the Messiah standing right in front of them.  They were stumbled by a stumbling block of their own making.
    1. This is still a danger with extra-biblical teaching.  When whole churches and denominations place tradition on the same level of Scripture or even elevate it above Scripture, they inevitably end up with stumbling blocks to the gospel.  This is why millions of Catholics pray to Mary and believe in purgatory (among other things).  Nowhere in the Scripture are these things taught, but Catholics hold to them as articles of faith.  Why?  Because that is the traditional teaching of their church, though not of the Bible.  They’ve built up stumbling blocks to the simple gospel of grace because they departed from Scripture as the sole source of doctrine.
    2. And it’s not just Catholics!  Evangelicals do the same thing when we elevate the tithe to point of a legalistic burden – or when we add in political tests as a measure of faith – or when we start parsing between sins, declaring some to be more abominable than others in the sight of God.  None of that is based in the Bible; it’s all tradition.  And when it replaces the gospel of Jesus, then it’s a stumbling block of our own making.

28 Then Jesus cried out, as He taught in the temple, saying, “You both know Me, and you know where I am from; and I have not come of Myself, but He who sent Me is true, whom you do not know. 29 But I know Him, for I am from Him, and He sent Me.”

  1. That Jesus “cried out” is interesting in itself.  This isn’t a casual answer to a few people who were talking near Him.  This is Jesus lifting up His voice in the temple and calling the attention of any and all who would hear Him.  This same word is used of others who raised their voices over the multitudes trying to get Jesus’ attention for healing.  Here (and later in vs. 37), it is Jesus raising His voice over the competing noises in the crowd.
    1. The point?  Jesus wanted people to hear Him.  Jesus wanted people to know the truth.  He wanted people to pay attention to the gospel.  He still does!  The good news is not a secret reserved only for a few.  Jesus’ desire is that the message of salvation would be preached to every nation in every corner of the earth.  Today, we are the ones to go out and lift up our voices in proclamation of the gospel!  Be it on the street corner, or in conversation, or by supporting global missions and Bible translations, or whatever – Jesus has commissioned us to cry out the message of the gospel.  He wants all people everywhere to be saved, and He wants them to know it.
    2. That includes you, too.  Perhaps you’re here & you wonder if God wants to save you, too.  Would He really forgive a person like you & make you His child?  Yes!  Jesus wants you to know the truth!  Jesus wants you to turn away from your sins and place your faith in Him for forgiveness and eternal life. …
  2. According to vs. 28, Jesus was already teaching in the temple when He cried out.  This is Him giving correction to the false assumptions of the crowd who arrogantly thought they knew everything they needed to know about Jesus.  He didn’t question that they knew something about His background, but they didn’t know everything.  The Jerusalem crowds may have known Jesus’ hometown, but they didn’t know His purpose.  Jesus had not come out of Nazareth inventing a ministry for Himself; He had been sent.  And if Jesus was sent, that means Someone sent Him.  Who is that Someone?  “He who sent Me is true” – there is none truer than the True God.  It was the Creator God who sent Jesus in the ultimate apostolic ministry (which is the word Jesus uses in vs. 29).  As Jesus had taught many times before (re: Ch. 5-6), His place of origin was not earthly, but heavenly.  Jesus had not come from men, but from God.
  3. In this, Jesus had a specific purpose.  That’s the whole implication of being “sent.”  A government doesn’t send an ambassador to another country simply to hang out and enjoy the wine and company of others (at least, they shouldn’t!) – the ambassador has a purpose to rightly represent those who sent him/her.  Likewise, although Jesus came to walk and dwell among humanity, He didn’t come to simply hang out.  He didn’t even come primarily to teach or perform miracles, though He did much of it.  His specific purpose was to be the sin sacrifice for all mankind.  Jesus came to be God’s propitiation for His righteous wrath towards sin (satisfying the anger of God).  He came to seek and to save that which was lost.  Jesus was sent to be a Savior: for you, for me, and for all who call upon Him in faith.
  4. So Jesus says that He came from God and was sent by God.  With that in mind, no doubt Jesus knows God, but He clearly saws that the others in Jerusalem do not know God.  How so?  Aren’t these the chosen people?  Didn’t they have the Scriptures and prophets as descendants of Abraham?  How could Jesus saw that the Jews did not know God?  Easy: they didn’t.  The Jews didn’t receive Jesus, so they showed they didn’t know God.  Later, Jesus will tell the disciples that when they saw Him, they saw the Father (14:9).  He will teach that He and His Father are one (10:30).  The Son and the Father are inseparable.  To reject one is to reject the other.  If the Jews did not believe in Jesus, then they show that they did not know God – despite any historical claim to the truth.  Rejecting Jesus IS rejecting God…it goes hand-in-hand..
    1. The same thing is true today.  There are many who claim to have a relationship with God, but they do not believe in Jesus.  Jews, Muslims, and others all claim to know God but they reject Jesus as His Son.  Millions of other Americans do basically the same, saying that they believe in a generic god, but don’t give any thought to Jesus.  And according to the Bible, they do not know God at all.  There is but one way to truly know God: place your faith in Jesus as Lord.

30 Therefore they sought to take Him; but no one laid a hand on Him, because His hour had not yet come.

  1. Here’s the second response to Jesus: anger.  It’s no wonder the people wanted to take Jesus – He just told them that they didn’t know God and were thus damned as unbelievers.  (So much for the non-confrontational, non-offensive Jesus! J)  They tried to take Him by force, and kill Him, though they were unsuccessful. 
  2. It wasn’t only Jesus’ offensive (but truthful) statement that caused their rage; it was also His implication.  They understood that Jesus was making another claim to deity.  One does not physically come from God on a holy mission to represent God without a claim to deity.  Not even angels do the same.  Angels are sent by God from heaven, but they are ultimately messengers; not full-on apostolic representatives.  In Jesus’ ministry, He did only what a Son can do for His Father in being sent by Him.  He not only represents the Father’s message, but also the Father’s character and authority.  Jesus came in the name and power of God, being sent by God, because He IS God.  There may have been much debate about Jesus in the streets, but in regards to His claims to deity, the people understood Jesus perfectly.
  3. Notice that “they sought to take Him,” but they couldn’t.  They surrounded Jesus, outnumbered Jesus, and by all reasonable expectations of the world should have been able to overcome Jesus as a mob – but they couldn’t lay a hand on Him.  Why not?  It wasn’t His time.  “His hour had not yet come.”  There would be a specific hour to come in which Jesus would be given over to the Jews for His death (17:1), but it wasn’t yet.  It was the specific purpose of Jesus to come and die, but He would not die a single second prior to the predetermined plan of God.  Jesus gave His life for us, but most certainly was not taken from Him.  He was fully in control the entire time.  God is sovereign, and Jesus would not die prior to the hour that it was given.
    1. Again, one of the themes that pops up time and time again in the gospel of John is the sovereignty of God.  It would be easy for someone to casually look at the life of Jesus and think that He was a victim of circumstance, or that He was caught up in the chaos of the time.  When the life of Jesus is portrayed in the movies or on TV, that’s how Hollywood normally does it.  They try to paint the picture of a tragedy, with Jesus as the poor victim.  Let’s get something straight: Jesus was not victimized; He is the Victor!  Yes, Jesus came to give His life & yes He was horribly tortured and abused by men as Jew and Gentile alike poured out evil upon Him…but that was all in the plan of God.  Circumstance did not happen to Jesus; God controlled every circumstance.  Jesus would not have stubbed His toe outside of the plan of God; certainly no human could do harm to Him without God allowing it.
    2. How badly we need to remember the sovereignty of God today!  In this chaotic world, our God is still in control.  He hasn’t stepped off His throne nor turned a blind eye.  To be certain, we need to be careful here…it’s not as if the Bible teaches a type of predestined fatalism, in which we are mere puppets on God’s string.  Neither does the Bible teach that God is somehow at fault for the evil in all the world, as if He causes men and women to sin.  That said, God is sovereign!  There is not a single sparrow that falls to the ground without His knowing it.  There is not a single world leader sitting in power that God has not allowed.  And there is not a single child of His upon whom He does not have His hand.  Christian: God is in control!  Do you believe it?  When all seems lost and hopeless and chaotic, how badly we need to remember that it is not.  God has allowed us into these times, He is with us in these times, and He is available to us in these times.  He still loves us and He is still on His throne.  We need to call upon Him, rely upon His strength, and entrust ourselves into His more than capable hands!

31 And many of the people believed in Him, and said, “When the Christ comes, will He do more signs than these which this Man has done?”

  1. Here’s the third reaction to Jesus: faith.  Although we don’t know the extent to which “the people believed in Him,” we’re told that at least some of the people DID believe.  They didn’t know everything about Jesus, and they hadn’t yet seen the fullness of His work at the cross and resurrection, but what they had seen had brought them to faith.  They knew the works of Jesus (many of which are unnamed for us), and they rightly concluded that no one else could do these things other than the Christ.  Between His miracles and His teachings, He had given more than enough signs to bring them to faith.
  2. This is still a good question to examine!  For those who wonder about Jesus – for those who are still skeptical – who else could do the things that Jesus did?  What more could someone do in demonstration that He is the Son of God?  (David Guzik) “If Jesus isn’t the Messiah, then when Messiah comes, will he…  Do more miracles than Jesus?  Teach with more insight and authority than Jesus?  Love more remarkably than Jesus?  Suffer with more courage than Jesus?  Atone for more sinners than Jesus?  Raise from the dead with more triumph than Jesus?  Ascend to heaven in greater glory than Jesus?  Present a greater Gospel than Jesus?”  Jesus does it ALL!  There is none greater – there is none more compassionate – there is none more powerful – there is none more authoritative.  He has shown abundantly that He is the Messiah, Christ the King!
  3. It’s one thing to know the truth; it’s another thing to respond to it.  This group of the Jerusalem crowd understood the truth, and it moved them to faith.  There are many today who understand the truth, but they never take the next step of believe.  Facts and faith are related, but not necessarily the same thing.  Our faith is based upon facts, but people can still know the facts and not have faith.  If you know the truth about Jesus, the question for you is: do you believe it?  Have you believed upon Jesus, surrendering your life to Him as Lord?  Of all of the potential reactions to Jesus, that is the right reaction and right response.

32 The Pharisees heard the crowd murmuring these things concerning Him, and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take Him.

  1. The crowds had earlier wondered why the religious leaders hadn’t yet done anything about Jesus, and perhaps that was a tacit acknowledgement that Jesus spoke the truth.  The mob had also tried to take the situation into their own hands and take Jesus themselves, though they failed.  All of this seemed to move the Pharisees and priests to action, though they tried to act a bit more subtly.  Later in front of Pilate, the Pharisees and priests would incite the mob, but for how they “sent officers to take Him.”  This was their attempt to try to regain control of the situation, but they soon learned they never had control in the first place.  The results of this attempted arrest will be shown later in Ch. 7 – and once again, it’s clear that God is sovereign and that Jesus would not be taken before it was time.
  2. The reaction from the Pharisees and priests wasn’t so much anger, but (as with the earlier crowd) arrogance.  They couldn’t have people talking about Jesus, and they couldn’t abide by what Jesus was saying, so they tried to shut Him up and shut Him down.  Yet the truth of God will not be silenced!  All over the world & even in our own country today, people try to silence the gospel and marginalize Christians.  Some believers in Christ are physically persecuted for the faith; others are pushed to the side.  It is an arrogant attempt by the world to muzzle the truth of God and push Jesus aside, but it cannot be done.  Even if every believer remained silent, the rocks themselves would cry out!  The gospel of Jesus will be known in all the world, for that is the command and will of God.  Persecution never silences the gospel; it only promotes it further.  As Tertullian wrote 1800 years ago, “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.”

33 Then Jesus said to them, “I shall be with you a little while longer, and then I go to Him who sent Me. 34 You will seek Me and not find Me, and where I am you cannot come.”

  1. Whether Jesus is speaking to the Pharisees themselves, or just their officers in unclear – but the idea is plain: He wouldn’t be arrested.  Once more, it was not yet His hour.  That time would come, but not yet.  Instead, Jesus basically tells them “You can’t get rid of Me, but eventually you won’t have to.”  Jesus would be going back to the One who sent Him originally, and at that point the Pharisees wouldn’t be able to find Him anyway.
  2. Jesus has already taught of His heavenly origin; now He teaches of His heavenly destination.  This is reference to the future cross, resurrection, and ascension – the point when Jesus would be exalted in glory to the right hand of God the Father.  Although we may not talk of Jesus’ ascension as much as the cross and resurrection, it part and parcel of the gospel declaration (as demonstrated by Peter on the day of Pentecost, Acts 2:34-35).  Jesus bodily ascended to the Father, and is there today.  When Jesus rose from the dead, He rose in total victory, and death will never touch Him again (neither will it touch anyone a second time after we place our faith in Christ).
  3. Yet the Pharisees will not be able to find Jesus or go to Him.  Why?  Because they won’t be joining Him!  The exalted Jesus is at the right hand of God in heaven.  Although every single human in all humanity will one day see the glorified Jesus for judgment, only those who have faith in Jesus will join Him for eternity.  If the Pharisees persisted in their rejection of Jesus (and most of them did), they would not be able to go to Jesus because they wouldn’t go to heaven.
    1. If that’s sounds rather stark, that’s because it is.  The Bible never once teaches that “all roads lead to heaven.”  That may be a popular thought today, but it’s not true.  Just because a lot of people believe something doesn’t make it right.  People once believed that the world was flat, and that the best way to heal someone was to bleed them out…and people were wrong!  Again, there is but one way to heaven: faith in Jesus Christ as the crucified and risen Son of God.  John 14:6, "Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." .  The Pharisees didn’t want to go through Jesus; they tried to get rid of Jesus and go around Jesus, but it cannot be done.
    2. Yet there’s good news here as well.  If those who reject Jesus cannot find Jesus nor go to Him, what about those who receive Jesus as Lord, believing upon Him by faith?  We WILL go to Jesus!  In fact, He’ll come for us Himself! (14:3)  Christian, we have a sure hope of eternal life, forever in the presence of Almighty God because the Lord Jesus Himself will ensure that we are there.  Praise God!

35 Then the Jews said among themselves, “Where does He intend to go that we shall not find Him? Does He intend to go to the Dispersion among the Greeks and teach the Greeks? 36 What is this thing that He said, ‘You will seek Me and not find Me, and where I am you cannot come’?”

  1. The final reaction to Jesus is confusion.  Although there were some Jews who believed, there were others who simply didn’t have any idea what He was talking about.  They heard Jesus’ response to the Pharisees (or to their officers), and they were left bewildered.  What was this about Jesus going away?  They didn’t understand that He was referring to His upcoming death, resurrection, and ascension – instead, they thought that He might be taking His teaching ministry to the Gentiles.
  2. That in itself would have been offensive to the Jews.  After all, if Jesus was claiming to be the Jewish Messiah, what business did He have among the Gentiles?  To the Jews, the only the Greeks and other Gentile were good for was fueling the fires of hell.  Why would the true Messiah go to them?  Once more, this is an understanding they received from their tradition & not the Bible.  The Old Testament is filled with prophecies of how God’s intent has always been to reach out to all the world.  Through Abraham’s descendants, all the world would be blessed (Gen 12:3) – God declared it was too small a thing for the Messiah to reach out only to Israel (Isa 49:6).  Over and over again, God made it clear that He would reach out to Gentiles with the gospel of salvation; there ought to have been no question about it.
  3. That said, there’s still a bit of irony in the Jews’ questioning of Jesus here.  Although Jesus’ primary ministry was to the Jews, Jesus’ message would indeed “go to the Dispersion among the Greeks.”  That is story of the book of Acts!  The gospel message got its start in Jerusalem and Judea, but it eventually spread out into all the world.  How far did it spread?  So far that it hasn’t yet stopped. J  Jews, Greeks, Africans, Europeans, Asians, Americans, and more are still hearing the good news of the gospel every single day.  People are still being taught how they can be saved through faith in the death and resurrection of Christ, and not a day goes by in which someone isn’t born again into everlasting life!  (Perhaps today is your day to do the same!)

Conclusion:
Reactions to Jesus.  Some were arrogant, either thinking that they knew everything they needed to know about Him, or that they knew enough that they tried to shut Him down.  Some were angry, unable to cope with what they heard, and they lashed out against Him.  Some were confused, not knowing what to think of His words, having been lost in false teachings and false ideas about God.  And some (a few) actually believed.  They came to faith in Jesus, understanding that no one else matched to Him – He was far beyond all others.

People have the same reactions today.  Some are arrogant.  Maybe they grew up in the Bible belt, and they went to Sunday School.  They think they know everything they need to know about Jesus and the church, and to them, it’s not worth knowing.  They reject Jesus or try to shut up the conviction of God in their heart because they don’t want to accept the truth of who Jesus is.

Others are downright angry at God.  Maybe a well-meaning Christian hurt them in the past – maybe a false Christian hurt them badly.  Or maybe life just happened, and they blame God for it.  They know the claims of the Bible, but they don’t want to believe they are true because of the anger they’ve stored up towards God.

Some are simply confused.  They’ve taken in a mixture of all kinds of teachings and traditions, and they don’t really know what to believe.  It’s difficult for them to accept the simple truth about Jesus because they’ve let too many other stumbling blocks get in the way.

And some have faith!  We have believed upon Jesus as our Lord and Savior.  We know Him to have come from God, being sent by God, for He is God.  We believe that Jesus was sent for the primary purpose of being the sacrifice for our sins, and that He accomplished it at the cross.  The proof was that He rose from the dead, and is now exalted at the right hand of God.  Through faith, we have the assurance of everlasting life, and the assurance of God’s sovereign hand over all things in this life.  We walk by faith, rejoicing in the hope that we have knowing that not only will we see Jesus in glory, but that He will gladly receive us there.

Here’s the thing about all those other reactions: none of them have to be final.  They can be solved through faith.  Those who are arrogant can humble themselves, surrendering to the truth that they know deep in their hearts.  Those who are angry can be at peace, when they stop blaming God for their hurts and turn to God for healing.  Those who are confused can have their confusion lifted when they get rid of false ideas and simply place their faith in the simple gospel of our Lord Jesus.

Jesus wants us to have faith!  He cried out in the temple so that the people of Jerusalem would hear Him and believe.  He still cries out today.  The Holy Spirit convicts us, and causes us to know our need to be saved – but He doesn’t force anyone to believe.  You have to make that choice.  Make it.  Cast yourself upon Jesus today.  Let your reaction to Jesus be one of faith.  Believe, and know that you will be with Him in eternity.

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