“An Extraordinary Stone”
“Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him.”
I know this is an odd verse to settle on from chapter 10. It stood out to me. I skipped over it but came back.
The following struck me about verse 31.
- Jesus is the stone that the builders rejected. (1 Peter 2:4-8)
- That scripture is so ironic to me: They wanted to stone THE STONE.
- The Pharisees are not interested in TRUTH.
- They continue to repeat their patterns as they intercept Jesus, and take up stones “again” to stone Him.
I don’t want to be guilty of taking up “stones” whether it is in attitude or action and throwing them at a work of God. I may not understand the viewpoint or be privy to the background of another, so I must guard myself from sinful attitudes and wrong assessments.
"Therefore they sought again to seize Him, but He escaped out of their hand."
God's plan and His timing are perfect. There is a "set time" for His sovereign acts.
Verses 40 - 42
"And He went away again beyond the Jordan to the place where John was baptizing at first, and there He stayed. Then many came to Him and said, 'John performed no sign, but all the things that John spoke about this Man were true.' and many believed in Him."
Again, those who had ears to hear believed on Jesus.The Light of Truth penetrated their hearts and they believed in Him.
And to those who believe He promises life and that more abundantly (more than enough, more than sufficient, extraordinary, above the ordinary).
THE I AM is my sufficiency and the EXTRA in my ordinary.
Live abundantly and carry on!