Spiritually Blind Leaders! John 7:31-36

Text:  Let them alone; they be (Spiritually) blind leaders of the blind.  And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch (the pit of Hell).
Matthew 15:14.

          And He (Christ Jesus) spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind?  Shall they not both fall into the ditch?
Luke 6:39.

Good morning, Spiritually-sighted Christian!  God the Holy Spirit has taken the scales from your eyes; quickened you to know your sin; revealed unto you your lost state and pointed you to the Saviour, Jesus Christ. 

God the Father has granted you His free gift of saving faith; called you to trust in His Son, Jesus Christ, and drawn you with His everlasting cords of love to the Cross. 

The Lord Jesus has suffered and died to bear away and to pay the full penalty for your sins and mine - and we have received Spiritual sight and Salvation in Him alone.  Wow!  We are no longer Spiritually blind and ‘…dead in sins and trespasses…’ we are Spiritually-sighted and alive forever.  Hallelujah!  What a Saviour we serve!  Glory to the Lamb, Christ Jesus!  (Acts 4:12)

I the Lord have called Thee (Christ Jesus) in righteousness, and will hold Thine hand, and will keep Thee, and give Thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles (you and I); to open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit is darkness out of the prison house.  I am the Lord (Jehovah); that is My Name; and My glory will I not give to another, neither My praise to graven images.  (Isaiah 42:6-8)

The Supernatural, truly miraculous, deeds that the Lord Jesus Christ did when He walked among men in human form, clearly revealed Him as the long-awaited Christ Who would come to seek and to save His chosen people. 

Among the common people of the time, there was absolutely no doubt that Jesus was that very Christ that was promised of God.  It was clear to see!

And many of the people believed on Him, and said, When Christ cometh, will He do more miracles than these which this man hath done?  (V.31)

However, the religious leaders of the day - the Pharisees and the upper-class Jewish society - were Spiritually blind to His coming, and resented bitterly the affect Christ had on the people.  Envy blinded their eyes.

There is none so blind as he/she who will NOT (Spiritually) see!

The Pharisees heard that the people murmured such things concerning Him (Christ Jesus); and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent soldiers to take Him (I.e. arrest Him).  (V. 32)

This elite group of Jewish religious leaders had, for centuries, been in positions of National leadership.  They allegedly spent most of their time in religious study of the Law and the Prophets, the Old Testament books that pointed and promised a coming Messiah.  Yet, the leadership were Spiritually blind and ignorant of Christs Person when He eventually came! 

What a shameful thing.  Blind leaders always lead their people up a dark alley; devoid of the Light of Christ Jesus.

Now, make the relevant comparison with too many of the religious leadership, world-wide, today in this 21st Century.  Are they any different from those of Christs day?  Or are they still as Spiritually blind to the 2nd Coming of Christ?

What are the activities of many in positions of religious leadership today?  Where is their main focus fastened?  Is their live-styles akin to faithful John the Baptist - or are they consistently seeking to multiply wealth and self-gain?

John the Baptist did not drive an expensive car.  John did not wear thousand dollar suits of clothing.  John did not have a double chin, nor a heavy paunch from over-eating sumptuous food!  John was not continually extorting sums of money on National TV shows.  Are you and I?   Sobering thought, what?

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.  (Matthew 6:21)

Watch therefore; for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.  (Matthew 24:42)

History repeats itself when the lesson is not learned first time around.  Let us pray that anyone in a position of Bible-believing, Spiritual, Christian leadership might awake from the stupor that seems to have come upon many, and exhort Christs people to prepare for the Lords soon appearing.  Church, AWAKE!  Time is running out!

Thought:  Behold I come quickly; and My reward is with Me…”  Awake!

‘Death-Threats’ ? John 7:25-30

Text:  Then said some of them of Jerusalem, Is not this He, Whom they seek to kill?  But, lo, He speaketh boldly, and they say nothing unto Him.  Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ?
 John 7:25-26.

Good morning, bold Christian!  Not for you the way of the would-be secret Christian.  Not for you the hiding of your Christian light - you are the salt of the earth; born again of the Spirit of God; washed in the precious Blood of the Lamb - and nothing can ever quench your witness for Christ.  Hallelujah!  Thank God for bold Christian witnesses!  (Acts 1:8)

Bold Christian witnesses shall suffer for their boldness; we shall receive the persecutions promised in Gods written Word - but still, ‘…nothing can pluck us from His hand…’  Hallelujah!  Bring it on, world, flesh, or Devil!  We have our God-given armour firmly on!  Glory and Victory in the Lamb!

Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.    (2 Timothy 3:12)

Blessed (blessed with blessings) are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake; for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.  Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake.  Rejoice, and be exceeding glad; for great is your reward in Heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.  (Matthew 5:10-12) (Luke 6:26)

I wonder, dear Christian friend: Have you ever received a serious death-threat?  Has the local police or Government authorities ever come to your home and informed you, in writing, that you were personally being targeted by terrorists?  Have you ever received letters from terrorists in the post inviting you to your familys funerals?  Have you ever survived the blasts of terrorist guns being fired through the windows of your home - as the servants of Satan seek to shoot you to death?  I have.  Praise God, I have!

No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue (a very dangerous weapon) that shall rise against thee in judgement thou shalt condemn.  This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of Me, saith the Lord.           (Isaiah 54:17)

No one in their right mind would say that they enjoyed living under such levels of ever-present danger and threat to their lives and the lives of one’s family.  Such long-term pressures do debilitate mentally, in spite of our faith.

However, during such times of grave danger and threat - my family and I have never felt the Presence of the Lord God more real and near; nor known with absolute certainty His protective hand around us.  What a Lord God we serve!  Glory to the Living Lord God Jehovah - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  He will NEVER leave us, nor forsake us in time of danger.  (Hebrews 13:5-6)

Todays Bible passage from Johns Gospel clearly shows the Saviour, Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living Lord God, Himself living under such perilous death-threats.  The question was on everyones lips: ‘…Is this not He, Whom they (the religious rulers) seek to kill?  (V.25)

The reasoning of the common people is thus proven:  If the rulers seek to kill this man, and He is here speaking ‘…boldly, and they say nothing unto Him…’ - then the rulers must know that this is indeed the very Christ Who it is prophesied must come!  Are the rulers actually afraid to kill this man, because they fully realise that He is indeed the promised Christ?

A pattern then becomes clear from Scriptures that has been followed by the world, the flesh, and the Devils anti-Christian forces ever since - it is the pattern of first slandering and smearing the intended target then, when socially smeared - executing them without too much fear of public outcry.

Over the period of the past 40 years of political terrorism and counter-terrorism here in Ulster (Northern Ireland, UK); we have witnessed this vile pattern being practiced by all factions - Government as well as terrorists - time and time again.  The slanderous writings go up on a gable wall, then some time later, the target of such slander is shot dead, or blown to pieces in a car bomb.  When the dirt of slander is thrown - some of it always sticks.  Few but close relatives raise much outcry over the death of publicly slandered persons.  Doubt must be placed on the targets character before death can be dispatched without public uproar. What a dirty, deadly, world indeed!

Howbeit we know this man (Jesus) whence He is; BUT when Christ cometh, no man knoweth whence He is. (V.27)  The slandering had begun.

Then they sought to take Him; but no man laid hands on Him, because His hour (of death) was not yet come.  And many of the people believed on Him…”  (V.30)   ‘…it is appointed unto men once to die…’   (Hebrews 9:27)  We die according to God's Own Eternal appointment time.  Our God is in full Sovereign control of all things.

Thought:  For the true Christian, death is never a threat, merely a shadow.