It’s Jesus’ final week on this planet. Even though the religious leaders were plotting to kill him, Jesus went to the temple courts and started teaching the people. That didn’t exactly sit well with the leaders:
It was winter and Jesus was at the Festival of Dedication (or, in Hebrew, Hanukkah) in Jerusalem. He was walking in Solomon’s Colonnade in the temple courts.
Some religious leaders gathered around him, saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense. If you are Messiah, tell us plainly.”
Here’s how Jesus responded:
Jesus’ brothers wanted to go to Judea to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles. That celebration marked the occasion when the Israelites lived in temporary shelters after leaving Egypt and looked forward to the Messiah’s coming.
Jesus’ brothers asked him to come along. He had other plans:
After the Transfiguration, Jesus, Peter, John and James came back down the mountain where they encountered the other disciples arguing with some religious experts in the midst of a crowd. Here’s what happened:
After Jesus fed a huge crowd with a few loaves of bread and a couple of fish, people started to get more than a little curious about Him.
When he slipped away from the crowd, people began searching all over for him. When they finally found him on the other side of the lake, here’s what he said:
Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval. (John 6:26-27)
That prompted a question:
Today we’ll focus on Part 1 of one of the most famous conversations in human history:
Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”
Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”
One day, two blind men came to Jesus. They wanted to see. He asked them a simple question that cut right to the heart of the matter:
Do you believe I can make you see?
Yes, Lord, we do.