The sacrament of the Lord’s supper, established by the Savior on the night of His betrayal, perpetuates the symbolism of eating His flesh and drinking His blood, by the partaking of bread and wine in remembrance of Him. It is that in our contemporary success and sophistication we too may walk away from the vitally crucial bread of eternal life; we may actually choose to be spiritually malnourished, willfully indulging in a kind of spiritual anorexia. These words provide insight and inspiration to all who sincerely seek to know and understand the truth about Jesus Christ. So if one does not believe that Jesus is the “I AM” of Exodus 3:14, will he then die in his sins? The Jews persecuted the Savior not only because He healed a man on the Sabbath, but because He said that God was His Father (see John 5:18). Yes I want to encourage all of us to make a difference for God with our lives. John was discharged from the hospital. He was a God, Jehovah, before His birth in Bethlehem. … Our Master lived a perfect, sinless life and therefore was free from the demands of justice. Jesus told them no, but He later went to the feast secretly and began to teach in the temple (see John 7:1–14). President Joseph F. Smith witnessed in vision that the Savior visited the spirit world and ‘from among the righteous [spirits] … organized his forces and appointed messengers, clothed with power and authority, and commissioned them to go forth and carry the light of the gospel to them that were in darkness’ [D&C 138:30]” (“The Redemption of the Dead and the Testimony of Jesus,” Ensign, Nov. 2000, 9). They think of his person and his work. The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. (10-16) Christ reproves the Jews. In this case, the question is: “Are You the Messiah?” Jesus’ affirmation is: “I am” or “I am He,” or “I am the One.”. But in the loyalty and determination that would be characteristic of a divine child, Jesus could comprehend it and He did it. John 5:19–21, 23. 6:2 when He said, “When therefore you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do.” There were some who made sure that their coins made plenty of noise so that everyone would see how much they were giving. So they were unable to believe Jesus’ witness about Himself. However, the Pharisees refused to believe John’s witness as well as the witness of the Father that was evident whenever Jesus performed a miracle. The Father shows the Son “all things that himself doeth.” The Father “raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them [brings them to life]; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.” And all people “should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father.” Such teachings clearly testify of the complete unity between the Father and the Son. It justifies our finally being judged by the Redeemer. …. John 1:1 makes it clear that the Logos (“Word”) was both “with the God” (pros ton theon) and “was God” or “was a God” (theos). The Pharisees were of the earth, and their claim to their status as “sons of God” was based on their biological descent from the first Adam and also from Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Created by. While the metaphor of eating the flesh and drinking the blood of the Savior may seem startling to some readers, the Savior made it clear that He was using “eating” and “drinking” figuratively (see John 6:58, 63). Rather, the failure to comprehend seems to be rooted in a resolute refusal to let go of the world long enough to ponder the precious truths in the message of the Master” (Wherefore, Ye Must Press Forward [1977], 6–7, 22). 1-John 3:4: "Everyone who practices sin is also practicing lawlessness, for sin is lawlessness." When Moses asked the Lord what to say when the children of Israel asked for His name, the Lord responded, “I AM THAT I AM” (Exodus 3:13–14). As Jesus taught people about “the bread of life,” He drew upon the background of His listeners. Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael. Chapter 23 The Controversy. The most renowned and anticipated ceremony of the feast was the daily procession, during which an appointed priest drew water from the pool of Siloam with a golden pitcher and poured the water into the silver basin at the base of the temple altar, along with the morning wine offering. Christ Holding Sacrament Bread, by Del Parson. 17 “Even in your law it has been written that the testimony of two men is true. John 4:23-24 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. “I Am”—one of the names by which the Savior is known in the Old Testament—is recorded repeatedly by John, and Moses was told to use this name so the Israelites would know that Jehovah had spoken. Water and light were used as important symbols during the Feast of Tabernacles, and the Savior used these symbols to call the people to believe in Him as the Messiah. He broke the bonds of death, not only for Himself but for all who have ever lived—the just and the unjust” (“Sunday Will Come,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2006, 29). They were angry with Him because He had healed a man on the Sabbath day, which was not allowed by the Mosaic law of that time (see John 5:8–9; 7:21–23). As part of His discourse on His relationship to His Father, Jesus Christ testified that Heavenly Father had “committed all judgment” unto His Son and “given him authority to execute judgment” among men (John 5:22, 27). The Lord saved Israel in Horeb when Moses miraculously brought forth water out of a rock (see Exodus 17; Numbers 20). b. That is, our personal identity shifted from the mortal soul to the immortal spirit. During the weeklong celebration, Israelites occupied booths (also called tabernacles) that they built out of palm and myrtle branches (see Leviticus 23:42–43; Nehemiah 8:14–15). Celebrated in the modern months of September and October, “the events celebrated were the sojourning of the children of Israel in the wilderness (Lev. “Nephi lamented the fact that so many people will not ‘understand great knowledge.’ (2 Nephi 32:7.) After commanding a man with a 38-year infirmity to “rise … and walk” (John 5:8), the Savior taught that all those who would believe in the Son of God and follow Him would be raised up to everlasting life (see John 5:21–29). 23:16)” (Bible Dictionary, “Feasts”). Jesus taught these people that His doctrine came from His Father and that those who applied the doctrine would know of its truth (see John 7:14–17). “The Savior’s atonement in the garden and on the cross is intimate as well as infinite. ‘As the first Saviour—the deliverer from Egyptian bondage,’ said the Rabbis, ‘caused manna to fall for Israel from heaven, so the second Saviour—the Messiah—will also cause manna to descend for them once more’ [Cunningham Geikie, The Life and Words of Christ (1886), 516–17]. (6-10) His prayer. Many who had been His disciples previously would not accept this teaching and “walked no more with him” (John 6:66). So in John 8:13 we find the Pharisees trying to find fault with Jesus for speaking and acting as though John’s witness actually meant something. 22 So the Jews were saying, “Surely He will not kill Himself, will He, since He says, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come?’” 23 And He was saying to them, “You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. 46 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual. Bishop Merrill J. Bateman, while serving as the Presiding Bishop, examined the personal significance that the healing at the pool of Bethesda can have for us today: “Just as the lame man at the Pool of Bethesda needed someone stronger than himself to be healed (see John 5:1–9), so we are dependent on the miracles of Christ’s atonement if our souls are to be made whole from grief, sorrow, and sin. … Through Christ, broken hearts are mended and peace replaces anxiety and sorrow. … As Isaiah stated concerning the Savior: ‘Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows. … And with his stripes we are healed’ (Isa. (1-9) The Jews' displeasure. For further information about the Savior’s feeding of the five thousand, see the commentary for Mark 6:32–44. Brother! Rosi and John's baby sister's name is Sarah. Is this even a salvation issue? The feeding of the five thousand provided the opportunity for the Savior to teach that He was the Bread of Life, the source of eternal life (see John 6:35, 48). The peak of his popular appeal had come. Some people heard the Savior’s teachings and believed that He was the Messiah. 3:3). They did not believe what Peter testified in Acts 4:12, saying. John recorded that the Savior declared, “I am the bread of life” (John 6:35, 48, 51; italics added). thou hast the words of eternal life” (John 6:68). More sacrifices were offered at the temple during this week than during any other religious commemoration. Christ's prayer for himself. When Jesus crossed the Sea of Galilee (called by its official Roman name, the Sea of Tiberias), a large multitude followed Him (see John 6:1–2); the children of Israel were led by Moses through the wilderness by way of the Red Sea (see Exodus 12:38; 13:18). In addition to being doctrinally rich, chapters 5–7 of John highlight a wide assortment of attitudes toward Jesus Christ, including some of the opposition and hostility that eventually resulted in His death. Since you're out of … Furthermore, it has reference only to the gift of the Holy Ghost not being present, since the power of the Holy Ghost was operative during the ministries of John the Baptist and Jesus; otherwise no one would have received a testimony of the truths that these men taught (Matt. As a common food staple in many cultures, bread serves as an ideal metaphor for the fundamental role the Savior and His teachings should have in our lives. Amid the growing intensity of various opinions concerning Jesus’s identity and purpose, He proclaimed during the celebrations of the Feast of Tabernacles (see John 7) that only through faithful obedience to His word could people know the truth of His identity and His teachings. My title for this lesson is "Special Days". Jesus’s half-brothers urged Him to go to Jerusalem to the Feast of Tabernacles. Antichrists. The Savior taught that when someone believes in Him, “out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38). When the multitude seemed likely to take Jesus by force to make Him a king, He left them and walked that night across the Sea of Galilee to His disciples (see John 6:15–21); led by Moses, Israel crossed through the Red Sea at night (see Exodus 14:21). The Father will “draw” us to the Savior—to “draw” is to attract or to pull gently, as with “the enticings of the Holy Spirit” (see John 6:44; Mosiah 3:19). Hence, all that the Son did can be attributed to the Father, just as we can say that when an army wins a battle, it is the general who is given credit for the victory, even though the general may never touch a sword but only give orders to the troops. During “the last day, that great day of the feast,” after the crowds had celebrated the final pouring of the water, “Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink” (John 7:37). on StudyLight.org This is explained in next verses. There is no supporting evidence here to interpret “I am” as if the Son were the Father Himself. He was the only One who could do this, for that was the calling of the Messiah. One’s spiritual identity originates with the last Adam (Christ), who was made a life-giving spirit. Eternal Truth. The issue of this chapter is about what we can and cannot do to please God based on our efforts. He was the Messiah, they reasoned, and must reign as their king” (Mortal Messiah, 2:367–68). Perhaps one of the most striking similarities between the ministries of Moses and the Savior is the use of “I Am” statements. The Savior’s question recorded in John 5:44 teaches that as long as we are focused on what other people think about us, rather than on what God thinks about us, the development of our faith will be hampered. Spell. 24 Therefore I said to you, that you shall die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you shall die in your sins.”. After a week or two of striving to strengthen your testimony of that doctrine, write in your journal what you have learned so far. that which is not of faith; Romans 14:23: "But the one who doubts is condemned if he eats because his eating is not of faith; for everything that is not of faith is sin." But those are reactions to truth, and reactions do not alter the reality of truth itself. … Hard sayings … when pondered, may make it easier to let go of the world. …. 15:45, 46 says. May our faith in the Father and the Son help each of us to become whole” (“The Power to Heal from Within,” Ensign, May 1995, 13–14). unbelief in Jesus; A greater category of sin. The subtitle of the Book of Mormon, the clarifying purpose statement printed on the cover of every copy, is ‘Another Testament of Jesus Christ.’. “The first testament of Christ is the Bible’s Old Testament, which predicted and prophesied of the coming of the Savior, His transcendent life, and His liberating Atonement. If Jesus had made claims that no other had made before Him, their criticism might have had some validity. We should also take note of the sovereignty of God in John’s statement. 21 Then He said again to them, “I go away, and you shall seek Me, and shall die in your sin; where I am going, you cannot come.”. [23] "Whose sins": See here the commission, stamped by the broad seal of heaven, by virtue of which the pastors of Christ's church absolve repenting sinners upon their confession. As Jesus taught in the temple during the Feast of Tabernacles, some Jews marveled that He could teach as He did without having studied their theology. Detailed explanations, analysis, and citation info for every important quote on LitCharts. 23:43) and the gathering-in of all the fruits of the year (Ex. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” In Context Parallel Compare When the Savior visited the Nephites, He told them that He was the prophet like unto Moses referred to in Deuteronomy 18:15, 18–19 (see 3 Nephi 20:23). Please Note: This product is purchased in bundles. Learn. Gravity. Under the law of Moses, ancient Israel celebrated three great annual pilgrimage feasts, during which many Jews traveled to Jerusalem: the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Passover), the Feast of Harvest (Feast of Weeks, or Pentecost), and the Feast of Ingathering (Tabernacles) (see Exodus 23:14–17; Deuteronomy 16:16). In doing the works of His Father, and being in full agreement with Him, He was “one” with the Father. The revelation of the New Testament presented a Messiah that was quite different from what the religious leaders believed and taught. Elder Bruce R. McConkie explained why this is so: “Struggles for the honors of men keep men from believing in and centering their hearts upon Christ, and they therefore lose their salvation” (Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 1:201). That is defining one kind of sin. What are some ways that you are regularly striving to partake of the “bread of life”? In John 7:39, we read a parenthetical comment from John, explaining that the “living water” the Savior mentioned in John 7:38 refers to the Holy Ghost, whose main mission is to testify of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. This means if you select "60 Copies" from the dropdown menu titled "Bundle Size" right next to Quantity, and increase the Quantity to 3, you will get 180 copies. If the Trinity doctrine were so important, surely Jesus would have taught it clearly to avoid confusion and controversy. (11-26) Commentary on John 17:1-5 (Read John 17:1-5). He made other similar “I am” statements during His ministry (see John 8:12; 10:9, 11; 11:25; 14:6; 15:1). If you want to receive updates from us, signup below. So regardless of the will of the religious leaders who wanted to silence Him, they were unable to carry out their will at Tabernacles. They were looking for a great military leader who would conquer Rome and who would feed the people with manna. Like those childish Galileans of old, we may turn up our noses when divine sustenance is placed before us. …. John 5:29 affirms that all mankind will be resurrected—the just as well as the unjust. 1. The Savior’s lengthy reply to the Jewish elites who were opposing Him is recorded in John 5:17–47. It appeared self-evident from what truths were left, that if God rewarded every one according to the deeds done in the body, the term ‘Heaven,’ as intended for the Saints’ eternal home, must include more kingdoms than one. She's six years old about to be seven and has blonde hair and brown eyes. How could you use Peter’s response (see verses 68–69) to help someone who is struggling with a “hard saying” of the gospel? Jesus told them that when He departed they must love one another, which assumes that they would stay together (John 15:17). “… We invite you to join in the adventure of the earliest disciples of Christ who also yearned for the bread of life—those who did not go back but who came to Him, stayed with Him, and who recognized that for safety and salvation there was no other to whom they could ever go [see John 6:68]” (“He Hath Filled the Hungry with Good Things,” Ensign, Nov. 1997, 65). We do not know how many days He spent teaching in the outer court of the temple after the end of the feast of Tabernacles. The Pharisees, of course, refused to believe her story, and they apparently did not believe that the Messiah would be born of a virgin. LitCharts Teacher Editions. Jesus never claimed to be both Father and Son. St. John Chapter 23. Jesus had been teaching in the Court of Women when the Pharisees brought to Him the woman caught in adultery. Here we see the case of a man who had died, who had been buried for four days, and who had begun to stink. It is Jesus Christ who gives light to all. Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles explained the Savior’s prophecy that He would preach to the dead: “While yet in life, Jesus prophesied that He would also preach to the dead [see John 5:25]. Hezekiah Reopens the Temple, by T. C. Dugdale. “The third testament of Christ is the Book of Mormon, which also foretells Christ’s coming, confirms the Bible’s account of His saving Atonement, and then reveals the resurrected Lord’s visit to the earth’s other hemisphere. John recorded that some sought to “take him by force, to make him a king” (John 6:15). We ourselves have started out as Adamic, and the soul has been our seat of consciousness and personal identity until we were begotten from above and were able to become new creatures. In John 7:17, the Savior gave us a formula to know the truth of His doctrine. PLAY. He drew upon the people’s personal experience—many of those who listened to the Master on this occasion had also been among the five thousand who had eaten the bread He miraculously provided just the day before (see John 6:1–14). 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins … 1 Cor. Finding Philip, he … Some go beyond the simple meaning of this by connecting ego eimi with the “I am” in Exodus 3:14, where Yahweh identifies Himself to Moses, saying, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you’.” This is then taken to mean that Jesus was claiming to be the same “I AM.” This is the unitarian position taken by those who believe that Jesus is the Father Himself, essentially making Jesus to be His own Father. The seeds of death received from Mary meant that He could die, but the inheritance from His Father gave Him infinite life, which meant death was a voluntary act. The Savior also drew upon his listeners’ geographical location—they were now hearing Him teach in Capernaum, a region that appears to have been associated with bread making; more remnants of grinding mills have been discovered at Capernaum than at any other place in Israel. The Savior’s imagery of “living water” drew upon a long Israelite tradition that water represented important spiritual truths. So this is really a question of “who are you?” Are you earthly or heavenly? When John the Baptist bore witness that Jesus was the Christ, this should have been sufficient evidence for the religious leaders and the common people. The Empty Tomb. 20 “I do not r ask for these only, but also for those s who will believe in me through their word, 21 t that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that u they also may be in v us, so that the world w may believe that you have sent me. (To read more about His half-brothers, see the commentaries for Matthew 13:55–56 and for Acts 1:14.) Jesus cometh, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said: Peace be to you. Infinite in that it spans the eternities. Flashcards. 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