Today’s readings… Numbers 31, Proverbs 22, John 4

What caused people to believe in Jesus?  When Jesus called disciples he did not attract them by performing miracles.  We saw in John 2 that his disciples were with him when he performed “the first of his signs” in Cana [v.2,12]. No doubt it added to their belief, but true belief cannot be based on seeing miracles. When his teaching became challenging and harder to understand as we will soon see in Ch,. 6, “many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him” [v.66] except for the twelve (v.67/8).

The comment of Jesus in today’s ch. 4,“unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe” [v.48]  has been a challenge ever since!  It makes us think deeply about the reasons we believe in Jesus.  It is sad that in the last hundred years or so Christianity has seen efforts to practice ‘miracles’ in order to stimulate belief and attract followers.  We recall years ago meeting one who had done this from her teenage years, but she had woken up to how meaningless it all was. One example of her disillusionment she said was when ‘I started to read the gospels and saw how different were the ‘healings’ my husband and I were doing, such as when the same person came week after week for ‘healing’ of a bad shoulder.’

So we read today of Jesus saying, “the hour is coming and is now here, when the true worshippers will worship the father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.  God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” [v.23,24]  He was answering a Samaritan woman who had asked whether, “on this mountain (or) … Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship” [v.20]

Jesus answers by saying it is not the place you go to – it is your ATTITUDE in worship that matters.  On one occasion he told a parable about a Pharisee who went into the Temple to pray and condemned him because his prayer was self-centred, all about what he was doing in serving God (Luke 18 v9)  In today’s chapter we noted how Jesus said, “The hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshippers, will worship the father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.” [v.23].  Our worship must be true and sincere and from our heart, then it will become “a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”[v.14]

* Click verse text to see cross references.
More Like This...

Follow our Bible News Facebook Page (click Image)

milestones bible

Join our Watchman Facebook Group (click Image)

Youtube Watchman Banner3x

Follow our Bible School Facebook Page (click Image)

open bible

Romans 10:18 “their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world”

Mark 16:15 “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”

Christadelphians – Find us in the C.A.L.S diary (Org.35) 

More info on our ‘About us page’  http://bibletruthandprophecy.com/about

On YouTube – Please Click On YouTube Notification Bell 🔔 Next To the Subscribe Button To Be Notified Of New Christadelphian Watchman Videos!

Download our ‘Free’ Bible APP – ‘KeyToThe Bible’ for i-phone or Android

Read a variety of booklets on-line concerning various First Principle Bible subjects.

True Bible Teaching Booklets

Christadelphianvideo.org exists to serve the brotherhood in providing both preaching and Study material in video and other forms to assist in the proclamation efforts of individuals and Ecclesias alike and also as a preaching tool in itself.

This website was set up to assist in this endeavour and our aim is to Declare the God of Israel to those who are seeking the truth about the Human condition and the message of salvation found within the pages of scripture (the Bible).

We are a group of Baptised Christadelphians from all over the world who volunteer their God-given time and resources to this cause.

Christadelphians: Find us in the C.A.L.S diary (Org.35)

Related Posts

Make A Comment

Privacy Preferences
When you visit our website, it may store information through your browser from specific services, usually in form of cookies. Here you can change your privacy preferences. Please note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our website and the services we offer.