BY: DAVID L. WALKER – JUNE 2004
We read in John 8:58-59, as Jesus revealed Himself to the Jews and told them, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, before Abraham was, I am." It continues to say, "Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by." The clergy of the day, the learned men, the pastors and preachers of the word, kept trying to put Jesus in His rightful place according to the carnal mind. Jesus knew the calling on His life and He could not sit under a carnal head whose god was the flesh. He knew who His Father was and the truth kept Him free. His head was God, His Father and He was determined to do all He had been asked to do.
Look at John 8:42-48, "Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God. Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil?"
Jesus was the flesh of God sent forth by the Father as a word that became flesh. That word had power to become life and light to all men. When He went to the local church with a direct word from God they would not receive Him for their god did not tell them that He was coming. They already had their service planned and it would mess up their agenda. If He healed the blind, sick and lame their sheep would follow another God beside theirs. Jesus did not come to steal the sheep. He came as their rightful shepherd and they picked up stones to stone Him.
Today the Father has caned a remnant that is determined to walk in the truth of their calling. They are determined not to be denied. Christ is their head and they will not settle for another. The Father has called them for a purpose. The Spirit of the Lord is upon them, because He has anointed them to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent them to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised. To preach the acceptable year of the Lord (Luke 4:18). The day has come where that scripture has been fulfilled in their ears and they are determined to make it happen. They have entered through the door, Jesus. The word says in John 10:2-5, "But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before thern, and the sheep follow him; for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.
He has died to self and the Father can trust him to take care of and raise up His lambs. The sheep see the Father in their shepherd. The shepherd's job is to imprint the Father within them and send them forth.
In John 9 Jesus left the local church because they could not receive the truth. He walked into the streets and showed forth the power of His calling. He walked in the authority of the word and signs, wonders and miracles followed His life.
There was a blind man in His path. He picked up some dirt, spit in it and made some clay. He placed it on the blind man's eyes and told him to go wash in the pool of Siloam. The man \vas obedient and went. When he washed his face sight came to his eyes and he could see for the first time in his life. Wow! Can you image the excitement that took place? You would think that there would be such rejoicing. This man had been blind all his life and a man spit in some dirt and made clay. Because of the blind man's obedience his eyes were healed. Praise God! You would think every Jew, Scribe and Pharisee would have come running to claim Jesus as their Messiah. Some did and were changed forever, but most came against Him and tried to discredit the absolute miracle that was done. They even called for the blind man's parents to see if he was really blind from birth. His parents were concerned that if they told the truth they would get kicked out of the church, so they told them to ask their son themselves, he was old enough to speak for himself. They tried to get the man to deny his miracle, but he was not about to. This unlearned man who had not sat under the teachers of the law, started teaching them. He had received a touch from the Master and was never to be the same.
Look at John 9:30-38, “The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvelous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes. Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth. Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind. If this man were not God, he could do nothing. They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out. Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God? He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him? And Jesus said unto him, thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee. And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him."
Jesus touched the blind man and then allowed him to be tested for the word's sake. The Scribes and Pharisees were the ones used to test him. The local pastors and teachers of the day. He passed the test and Jesus was there for him when he came out from among them.
Jesus is our head and we must not let of God, must be determined to walk in the truth of the word. We must be determined to walk by faith trusting our God in every step that He leads us into. Each life has a special calling and we must not let anything deter our focus. We must determine in ourselves to remain positive and avoid everything that is negative. We must be determined to walk in truth.
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