Date: May 8, 2014 10:21 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Jews Wanted Him Dead
Jews Wanted Him Dead
"After this, Jesus went around in Galilee, purposely staying away from Judea because the Jews there were waiting to take his life." (John 7:1)
Scripture Focus: Genesis 39; John 7
In election years we constantly hear about poll numbers. One misstep on the campaign trail, and a candidate's popularity with voters can drop overnight. Jesus certainly wasn't running for office, but He knew first-hand how quickly the tides of public opinion can change.
John 6 opens with Jesus being a hero to thousands. He miraculously fed over 5,000 people on the western shores of the Sea of Galilee in the North. The same chapter ends with most of the people abandoning Him (John 6:66). His "poll numbers" were far worse in Judea to the South: the ruling Jews there wanted Him dead!
In today's verse John implies that Jesus stayed in Galilee for a time preaching, teaching, and healing. He did what ministry He could, where He could. Jesus was not afraid for His life. He went to Jerusalem shortly after (John 7:2). Even when opposed, He continued in ministry. With you and me in mind, Jesus was faithful to His purpose to save us, even becoming "obedient to death - even death on a cross" (Philippians 2:8)!
Insight: Lord Jesus, thank you for Your faithfulness in Your earthly ministry and that we now have life in You. Amen.
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