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August 19, 2016
Jesus and His brothers
The world can’t hate you, you go on to this festival of Shelters. Jesus replied His brothers. For even His worldly brothers didn’t believe in Him at that time. He was traveling around Galilee to stay out of Judea where the Jewish leaders were plotting to kill Him. His brothers told Him to leave and go to Judea, “where your followers can see your miracles!” They knew and had seen His supernatural power but they were not His followers. They wanted Him to show off the physical power He could display. They further said, “You can’t become famous if you hide like this!” They wanted him to become famous in their world. Judea was the centre of religious and political activities as people went there yearly for various national festivals. The ‘who is who’ would all be there, people of political/social/economic power, wealth and influential connection. They also said (obviously with unbelief), “If you can do such wonderful things, show yourself to the world!”
What makes a person believe in Jesus? Even His brothers did not believe, who can believe? This is the question today.
Jesus told us the answer in John 7:17 “Anyone who wants to do the will of God will know whether My teaching is from God or is merely My own.”
Anyone can believe. The condition in your heart must be right and ready. You really want to do the will of God. Believing in Jesus is the will of God. (John 6:29, 39-40) You will be given the discernment from God to know that Jesus is the One who comes from God and is speaking to you God’s message for you. Anyone who is thirsty for God. (John 7:37) Anyone who loves God will love Jesus. (John 8:42) Everyone who listens to the Father (God) and learns from Him comes to Jesus. (John 6:45)