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27th December 2014

John 11.7-10 cont.

7 Then after this He said to the disciples: “Let us go again to Judea.”
8 The disciples said to Him: “Rabbi, just now the Jews were seeking to stone You, and You are going back there?”
9 Jesus replied: “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world.”
10 but whoever walks in the night stumbles, because the light is not in him.

The disciples appear to have been concerned about Jesus returning to Judea. They probably realized that such a move would almost certainly create a clash between Himself and the authorities in Jerusalem.

They knew that it was getting close to Passover time, and, although their journey would take them to Bethany, they also knew that they would most likely find themselves in Jerusalem for the Passover.

Maybe the disciples realized that not only was the life of Jesus in danger, but theirs’ were also.

Understandably they express their reluctance at such a hazardous trip. They remind Jesus about what happened last time they were there: that they had to escape, since the Jews wanted to stone Him.

We are familiar with the saying: ‘Once bitten, twice shy’. This seems to have been the attitude of the disciples. They seem to have been in relative safety in Bethabara. Now Jesus wants them to return with Him to a place where their lives would be in danger.
So they question the intentions of Jesus.

Paul found himself in a similar situation when he was determined to go to Jerusalem. He was in Caesarea and Agabus, a prophet, took Paul’s belt and bound it around his hands and feet and said: [11] “The Holy Spirit declares, ‘So shall the owner of this belt be bound by the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem and turned over to the Romans.’” [12] When we heard this, we who were travelling with him, as well as the local believers, begged Paul not to go on to Jerusalem – Acts 21.11-12 (NLT). The local believers pleaded with Paul not to travel to Jerusalem, but His reply was: “Why all this weeping? You are breaking my heart! For I am ready not only to be jailed at Jerusalem but also to die for the sake of the Lord Jesus” – Acts 21.13 (NLT).
Like Jesus He could not be persuaded against going to Jerusalem.

It is important that as we follow Jesus we recognize that there will be times when He will lead us into dangerous situations.

If we question His leading, let us also realize that He will never abandon us.

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