Time after time, the gospel of John records Jesus escaping from danger, often using the phrase, “the time had not yet come.” Disappointed by the spiritual blindness of religious leaders, Jesus lays into them starting in John 9:40, continuing through John 10:38. Since God expects more from leaders, Jesus didn’t sugarcoat his words, being painfully honest.
Instead of adhering to Jesus’ warning, these Jews wanted to stone him according to John 10:31. Unfortunately, their minds and hearts were steeped in tradition and religion, not a personal relationship with God. Thus, with each word, the anger of the Pharisees in attendance stirred, reaching a melting point. Out of frustration, this crowd of Jews tried to seize Jesus, John 10:39, but were unsuccessful.
In life, each individual faces their own dilemmas. The poor seek to escape debt, the rich struggle to overcome the grasp of greed and the lonely attempt to outrun depression. Jesus’ teaching was not easy, like the disciples’ own words in Matthew 19:25. Yet, with God, Matthew 19:26 and through Christ, Philippians 4:13, all things are possible. To endure the great escape from sin alone would be foolish. Therefore, to insure your success, place your trust in Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, Hebrews 12:2.
by Jay Mankus