Daily Word

Many believe | John 10:40-42

40 He went back again across the Jordan to the place where John was first baptizing, and He was staying there. 41 Many came to Him, and they were saying, “John did not perform a single sign (attesting miracle), but everything John said about this Man was true and accurate.” 42 And many there believed and confidently trusted in Him [accepting Him as Savior, and following His teaching].

John 10:40-42 (AMP)

Jesus escapes the clutches of the jealous Jewish leaders two more times – including a stoning attempt. God’s power protected Him for the cross. As we’ve read before, now was not His time. He heads back across the Jordan to where John the Baptist baptized (see the map below).

Many come

Jesus’ activity in Jerusalem attracted much attention. When Jesus left the city and went to the Jordan river, many followed Him.  We’re reminded of the key role John the Baptist played in Jesus’ ministry – to point people to Christ. He was a signpost for Jesus. Though John didn’t perform miracles, He was God’s anointed final Old Testament prophet whom God used to bring people to Jesus.

The final goal

All of the miracles and rhetoric of Jesus has one goal in mind: people believe in Him and are saved. Here we see that He accomplished His goal in v 42: “many there believed”. He was able to endure all the troubles from the Pharisees and even threats on His life in order to see this goal fulfilled. “God’s work went on, despite the opposition of man.” (enduringword.com)

<- Reflection ->
  • Consider your work for the Lord. It may be “behind-the-scenes” but whatever He calls you to is important work. Never give up. Your reward is in Heaven so don’t look too hard for it here. 
  • How does God want to use you to bring Him glory? Have you asked Him recently? Have you asked how you can please Him?
Life of John the Baptist. Image from https://www.preceptaustin.org/bible_maps *

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