During the Dedication festival, Jesus was walking in the Temple portico. Some people asked him if he was the Christ? Jesus said that he had told them already. They were not part of his flock, but his sheep would follow him. They would have eternal life. The Father of Jesus would not let them go, since Jesus and the Father are one. Thus, they wanted to stone Jesus. Jesus replied, why do you want to stone me? They were making themselves like God. Scripture cannot be broken. Jesus replied that he was the Son of God, doing the works of his Father. Jesus was in the Father. Thus, they tried to arrest Jesus, but he returned to the Jordan River area. John the Baptist had spoken the truth about Jesus, so that many people believed in Jesus. What is the relationship between Jesus and God, the Father?
The good shepherd entered by the main gate. The sheep heard the good shepherd, so that they followed him. They would not follow a stranger. They did not understand. Jesus said that he was the gate, so that the thieves and the robbers tried to get in. Jesus had come to give life. The good shepherd was different than the hired shepherd. The hired servant did not care about the sheep. On the other hand, the good shepherd knew his flock. The Father knows Jesus, so that there is one flock and one shepherd. Jesus would lay down his life, because he had a command from his Father. Now the Jews were divided. Why should they listen to Jesus? Yet did a demon give sight? Do you believe that Jesus is the good shepherd?
There was a man born blind, so that there was a discussion about who had sinned? The work of God was in him. No one works at night, but the light of the world should be with him. Jesus then put clay on his eyes. He washed his eyes to see. This blind beggar was healed. They asked him how did he get to see. He said that Jesus had healed him. They wanted to know where was Jesus. They brought him to the Pharisees. Jesus had healed on the Sabbath. The man born blind described how he was healed. Now the Pharisees were divided. Was Jesus a prophet? They doubted that this man had been blind. They found his parents and asked them if this was their son. They said that he was born blind, but he could speak for himself. They were afraid, so they told the Pharisees to ask him. They said that he was a sinner. He was just happy to be able to see. How was he healed? Why did they want him to repeat this story? Was he a disciple of Moses? Where did he come from? The man said that he had opened his eyes. God listened to pious people. Was he a man of God who opened the eyes of a man born blind? Then they threw him out. Do you believe in the Son of Man? Who is he? Jesus explained that he spoke to him. Then the person born blind worshipped Jesus. There was a reversal of blindness. Now the Pharisees were blind and guilty. Do you see the importance of Jesus?
Jesus said that his disciples were seeking the freedom of truth. How would they be set free? They had been slaves to sin. The slave did not have a permanent place. Thus, the Son would make them free. However, some people were trying to kill Jesus, but he reminded them of the words of their Father. They were children of Abraham, but they were not like Abraham. They maintained that they were not illegitimate children. Jesus said that he came from God, but they did not understand him. Their father was a liar. They did not believe in Jesus. Could they convict Jesus of sin? They had not heard the words of God. They responded that Jesus was a demonic Samaritan. Jesus said that they were dishonoring him. He was not seeking his own glory. Whoever kept his word would never see death. They responded that they knew that he had a demon. Who do you claim to be? Jesus said that the Father glorified him. He knew the Father. Their ancestor Abraham had rejoiced. They asked when had he seen Abraham? Jesus said that before Abraham was, he existed. With that, Jesus hid himself. Do you feel like you are a descendant of Abraham?
Jesus was the light of the world. There was a false testimony about Jesus and his coming and going. Jesus said that his judgment was true. The Father also bore witness to Jesus. They asked him where was his Father. Jesus said that his hour had not yet come. They could not go where he was going. Some wondered whether Jesus was going to kill himself. Jesus said that he was from above. He was who he was. Who are you then? Jesus indicated that he had much to say, but they would not understand it. The Son of Man, Jesus, would never be alone. Many people believed in Jesus. Do you believe that Jesus is the light of the world?
Jesus went to the Mount of Olives and then to the Jerusalem Temple. They presented this adulterous woman to him. What would Jesus say about this adulterous woman? This was a test. Jesus replied that those without sin should cast the first stone. Then Jesus wrote on the ground again. They all left, since no one was there to condemn her. Jesus then forgave the adulterous woman. Are you someone who has never sinned?
There were two main opinions about Jesus. No one spoke openly about Jesus, although he was teaching in the Temple. Jesus had never studied in Jerusalem. However, Jesus maintained that this was not his teaching, but a teaching from God, because there was no falsehood. Was he keeping the law of Moses? Did he have a demon? They marveled at his deeds, just as Moses gave them circumcision. Was he curing on the Sabbath? They had to judge with the right judgment. They sought to kill him. How could he be the Christ, since they knew where he came from. Jesus explained himself. He said that the Father had sent him, but his hour had not yet come. Many believed in Jesus, but the Pharisees tried to arrest Jesus. Jesus said that he would be with them only a little bit longer. They could not come where he was going. Some thought that he was going to go to the Greeks? What did he mean? Finally, on the last day of the festival, Jesus spoke about living water and the Holy Spirit. Many thought that Jesus was a prophet, the Christ. However, the Christ Messiah would come from Bethlehem. Thus, there was a division of opinions about Jesus. Should they arrest him or not? The officers did not arrest Jesus, because they said that there was no other person like him. The Pharisees were upset. Did any Pharisees believe in Jesus? They felt that the crowd should be cursed. Then Nicodemus spoke about not judging too quickly. They reminded him that no prophet came from Galilee. Then they went home without doing anything. Do you have more than one opinion about Jesus?
Jesus was in Galilee, when the Festival of Tabernacles was about to take place in Jerusalem. The brothers of Jesus told him to go to Judea because he should not work in secret. However, his brothers did not believe in Jesus. Jesus told them that his time had not yet come, but the works of the world were evil. Thus, he did not go to the Festival of Tabernacles, but remained in Galilee. However, then he secretly went to Jerusalem for the festival. Meanwhile, the Jews were looking for Jesus at the festival. Do you tell everybody everything that you are doing?
They wanted more food, the enduring eternal food, the works of God. They had to believe in Jesus. What would be the sign? The manna in the wilderness was bread from heaven, the bread of God. They had bread all the time. Jesus said that he was the bread of life. Did they believe that? They had to come to Jesus. He was doing the will of the Father. They would lose nothing if they believed in the Son. Meanwhile, the Jews complained that they knew his parents. Jesus said to stop complaining. The Father was the gatekeeper. The prophets had spoken. If they would see the Father, they would believe and have eternal life, the bread of life. Their ancestors died after eating the manna, the bread from heaven. However, this was the living bread from heaven. They asked how can we eat flesh? But Jesus said that they had to eat and drink the Son of Man. Then he would raise them up. His flesh and blood were truly food and drink. The abiding presence of Jesus would come by eating Jesus, the bread that gives life forever. He had been teaching at Capernaum. Many people asked who can listen to this difficult saying? Jesus asked if they were offended? Would they see the Son of Man ascend? The Spirit gives life. However, there were some non-believers among Jesus’ disciples. The Father allowed people to come to Jesus. Jesus lost many disciples with this speech. Did the apostles want to leave? Peter said that he accepted the words of eternal life from the Holy One of God. However, one of them was a devil, as Judas would be a betrayer. Do you find Jesus as the bread of life hard to believe?
The disciples went out to sea in a boat. A strong wind on the sea came up. Jesus walked on water to them as he told them not to be afraid. When they landed on the shore, they knew that only one boat had left without Jesus. There were other boats from Tiberias, so that the people got into those boats. They wondered how Jesus got there. Has Jesus ever surprised you?