37th day – Judgment
“Did not Moses give you the law, yet none of you keeps the law? Why do you seek to kill Me?”
The people answered and said, “You have a demon. Who is seeking to kill You?”
Jesus answered and said to them, “I did one work, and you all marvel. Moses therefore gave you circumcision (not that it is from Moses, but from the fathers), and you circumcise a man on the Sabbath. If a man receives circumcision on the Sabbath, so that the law of Moses should not be broken, are you angry with Me because I made a man completely well on the Sabbath? Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.” (John 7: 19)
Those people were concerned to comply with a religious law, where nothing could be done on Saturday. Until today, the Jews hold this day sacred. They criticized and complained about the Lord Jesus for having cured a man on Saturday.
The fact is that when a person complains against the works of God, they want to “kill” Jesus in a subtle way, by not obeying His Word.
There is a big difference between observing the Word of God and judging according to religion: Religion dictates standards, but the Word of God instructs us to the truth which sets us free of the deception and illusion that our feelings produce.
When you rebel against the works of God, like this crowd did, you are trying to “kill” what Jesus does. You are not accepting it!
We’ve seen people that we try to help by telling them the truth and exposing their reality feel frustrated thinking that they are not fulfilling “the law”. They make a comparison between the truth and religion, they say “Oh, Jesus is love, we shouldn’t be too radical, I’m misunderstood… ” They see it as a religion and not as something coming from God.
Although it is impossible to “kill” the Lord Jesus – His Spirit – they try to through their negative words, the way they see things, complaining and by seeing Him as a burden. When this happens, they are judging things by appearance and not for what is right.
“Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”
There are many who want the Lord Jesus, but not His justice! Those people want God to ignore their unrighteousness. In reality, it is not mine, or your “way.” The Work of God is not how you or I think, but the way God thinks!
Why was it such a problem for Jesus to heal on the Sabbath? Does He not have the Word of Life? Why then did they complain about the fact that He healed a sick man?
This also happens today: We have attended people who do not want to accept Jesus and the advice coming from God – because He uses His servants – and literally turn away from Him. It is not God that turns away, but they do, they draw away from the Truth. They judge by appearance: “Oh, because they have preferences, there are groups, she pays more attention to this person or that one… ”
They judge by appearance and not by righteousness. Righteousness has nothing to do with feelings, but with what is right, true and pure.
People get confused and start to judge wrongly. They want to literally make Jesus as a “bad” person when they do not assume their faith.
Dear reader, I appeal to your conscience, for you to think, not by what others say, but by your own judgment. Look to yourself; see if you have judged things by appearance based on your emotions and not on what is right.
Watch! We have to watch our thoughts and the way we act. We have to evaluate and observe the Word of God’s as it is and on how it teaches us what is right, true and pure. On the way it brings us life!
I’ll let you think more about this…
If you want leave your comment, but write about yourself not about what happened in the past, when you entered the Church. Talk about the present! Let’s bring the Word of God to the present.
You can talk about the past when you give your testimony, but when you read the Word of God bring it to the present, meditate on it and practice it on a daily basis.
Big hug! Tomorrow we’ll be back.