Month: April, 2017

Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

The Beatitudes:  Blessed Are Those Who Mourn – Comfort Found in Red Letters

John 14:1-6

Grace, mercy and peace to you from God our Father…

Please pray with me…

Have you ever wondered why, in some Bibles, Christ’s words are written in red? Our Gospel lesson for this morning is a great example of this, if you have a red-letter Bible. To be sure, every Word in the Bible is inspired by God and given equal weight, but someone long ago thought it would be important to highlight the words of Christ and to do it in a color that would remind us of something every time we read them.

The story goes that William Emmet Shelton, and Laurence S. Heely, an author and publisher respectively came up with the idea with Louis KIopsch, the first editor for the Christian Herald.

Mr. Klopsch and his father worshipped at the Brooklyn Temple, where T. Dewitt Talmadge was the minister. On June 19, 1899, Dr. Klopsch was writing an editorial for the Christian Herald when His eyes fell upon the words of Luke 22:20 which says: “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.”

Dr. Klopsch realized that these words were the very words of our Savior when He had instituted the Lord’s Supper. Reasoning that all blood was red, he asked himself, why not publish a Bible where all of Christ’s words were in red. Dr. Talmadge, his preacher, encouraged him greatly by saying, “It could do no harm, and it most certainly could do much good.”

The first printing of the first red letter Bible sold out all sixty thousand copies quickly and presses had to run day and night to keep up with the demand. So now, every time people read the words spoken by Christ, they would remember His ultimate sacrifice for their sins that came by way of a new covenant between ourselves and our God.

Today we look back to the Beatitudes and particularly the words in red of Matthew 5:4, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” And we find that comfort in the words in red found in our Gospel lesson, “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.”

In times of mourning and sorrow, it is a great blessing to know that our Lord is with us. Our grief in life is never something we have to face alone because, in faith, Christ is with us to share that sorrow and to remind us of His never-ending comfort.

I believe it was an inspired act to put the words of Christ in red as a reminder of such a great sacrifice. In doing this, the color red takes on a whole new meaning. Now it is a color of security and contentment. It is a reminder of the one we can put our full trust in because of the fulfilled promise of salvation He won for us on the day His blood was shed. We can now find relief and protection for our daily lives in what Jesus had shared with those who would listen.

A few years ago, one of my favorite Christian groups, DC Talk, released a song about the red-lettered words of Jesus found within the Gospels. The words of their song go like this, “There is love in red letters, there is truth in red letters, there is hope for the hopeless, peace and forgiveness, there is life in the red letters.

Today we look at the words written in red that bring comfort found in our Gospel lesson. It is the time of Passover and soon our Savior would be dead. Knowing this, He wanted to give His disciples words of comfort they would need in the days of mourning to come, “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” More comforting words have never been spoken.

When He said these amazing words we can only imagine the sorrow He was feeling in His own heart. Soon He would take upon Himself the sins of the entire world. Soon He would give cause to those He loved to mourn His death. Soon, He would face the most horrible of deaths, forced to face the unbelieving hearts of those who mocked Him and the anguish of crucifixion itself. Yet, he willingly thinks of those He loved first, more concerned with their upcoming sorrow then His current torment.

This comfort He imparted on His disciples He wishes us to have as well. In times of trouble, in times we mourn, His red-letters are given to us as a form of comfort in our trials. He asks us to trust in Him, to believe in Him when we find ourselves in grief and torment, just as He believed in His Father while facing the greatest of rejection and suffering.

So, what does this trust in God during our afflictions do for us? His red letters tell us, “I go to prepare a place for you…so that where I am, you may be also.” With trust in Him, especially during our greatest mourning, we can be assured that the distress we suffer is only temporary. One day, Christ will take us to be with Him for all eternity, free from the sorrow and mourning of our worldly lives. In His red letters He gives us encouragement for the days ahead that we might look forward to a heavenly reward for the faith we share.

Comfort is found throughout the Gospels as Jesus prepares us for that day. We find comfort in the knowledge they share and the promise they give. We find comfort in knowing that Jesus loved us so very much that He came to earth so that He might become the supreme sacrifice, ushering in a new covenant of grace and forgiveness. That is what is found in all the red-letters of Christ from beginning to end.  The words of our Gospel translated rooms, can also be translated as resting places. What a great thought. Through faith in Christ, we will one day find our resting place, our place of refuge from the sorrows of the world.

Within the kingdom of God will be a place for the weary to find refuge. One day, the problems associated with this earthly life will be nothing more than a distant memory. Our mourning will soon fade as our blessings abound. The trials will cease as the praises to God ring out. The troubles will be no more and our salvation will be complete. As the Psalmist so eloquently wrote, “Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.”  

We hear from the great Prophet Isaiah when he speaks God’s words, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand……Fear not, I am the one that helps you.” The red words of Jesus are not something new from God but rather a repeating of things already promised. This has always been the intention of God for His people, to bear them up and to give them the blessed reassurance they would need to turn their mourning’s into joy.   Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Words that at first seem peculiar. How can one who is in mourning feel blessed? How can joy be seen in sadness? It’s found in the knowledge of Jesus as seen in Peters word from our Epistle lesson, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the Dead.”  It is that hope that brings us comfort. The hope of better things to come.

Biblical Prophecy provides some of the greatest encouragement and hope available to us today. Just as the Old Testament is saturated with prophecies concerning Christ’s first advent, so both testaments are filled with references to the Second Coming of Christ. One scholar has estimated that there are 1,845 references to Christ’s second coming in the Old testament, where 17 books give it prominence. In the 260 chapters of the New Testament, there are 318 references of the 2nd coming of Christ, an amazing 1 out of every 30 verses. 23 of the 27 New Testament books refer to this great upcoming event. For every prophecy in the Bible concerning Christ’s first advent, there are 8 which look forward to His second.

This is the hope we look towards to take away all our mourning, all our doubt, all our anguish in this life. This is why we can find blessings even in our deepest sorrow.  It’s a message given to those who love God from the very beginning of time when God promised never to leave us or forsake us. That message remained in the beautiful red letters of our Lord and the promise continues to this day with the same power and might it has always had.

At the end of our Gospel lesson, Thomas says to Jesus, “Lord, we do not know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

Thomas was looking for something worldly when He should have been looking heavenly.  With this Jesus gave Him one more reason to rejoice saying, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

That is still the way to heaven, through Jesus as seen in His own red-letter words. The only way to escape the sorrows is to have faith in the only one who can lead you to salvation. The only way to know the peace that surpasses all understanding is to know Jesus. He is the cornerstone that holds it all together.

Thomas a Kempis, a renaissance Roman Catholic Monk, in worshipful meditation wrote this about these red-letter words from Jesus:

“Without the Way, there is no going; without the Truth, there is no knowing; without the Life, there is no living. I am the Way, which you must follow; the Truth, which you must believe; the Life, which you must hope for. I am the Way undeniable, the Truth that is highest, the Life that is true, the Life blessed, the Life uncreated. If you remain in my Way, you will know my Truth, and the truth shall make you free, and you will lay hold of eternal life.”

Even in your mourning’s you are blessed, because all His red-letters assure us that Christ is your comfort. Amen.

Bible Study: Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

John 14:1-6

“Comfort Found In Red Letters”

The first 6 words are a new commandment from Jesus. How could this be the hardest commandment of them all, even harder than the next 7?

What was Jesus preparing His disciples for in verse 1 other than the fact that He was to die?

Jesus is claiming equal billing with God in verse 1. What would happen if these words were spoken to people today?

What is so bold in this claim? Jeremiah 32:17; Job 42:2

Why is it important to put all our belief in Jesus as God? 1 Samuel 2:3; Isaiah 8:14-18, 28:16; Psalm 118:22, John 13:36; Hebrews 2:13

Describe what Jesus means by God’s house in these verses? Daniel 2:44

Many people believe that being in Jesus’ presence would never leave one troubled. In light of these verses, how would you answer them?

Have you ever been troubled in your heart because of something Jesus said to you?

Read verses 2-4. How would these words comfort the disciples? How do they comfort you? What is the greatest news for the disciples?

How is Jesus preparing for us? Isaiah 42:9, 48:6, 51:15-16, 65:17-25, 66:22; 1 Corinthians 15:35-57; Revelation 7:9-10, 21:1-8

Why could Jesus comfortably say that the disciples knew the way to where He was going in verse 4?

What was the problem in Thomas’ response?

What kept Jesus’ followers from understanding who he was and what he was going to do?

In verse 6, Jesus calls himself “the way, the truth, and the life.” What does this statement mean?  Acts 4:12; 1 Timothy 2:5

Why does he group these three words together to describe himself?

Where else in Scripture does it say that Jesus is the only way to heaven? Matthew 7:21-27; John 4:14-16, 6:35, 63, 10:7, 11:25

What is the significance of verse 6 to you?

What can we say to those who say, “There are more ways to heaven than Jesus. Jesus is your way but Muslims have another and Buddists have another”?

Does this mean Christianity is bigoted?

(Note:  Bible Study materials are gathered from various resources, i.e. Bible.org)

Bible Study: Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit

 

Bible Study Questions – Luke 18:9-14

In your own words define humility and perfection.

Who do you suppose were the people who “trusted in themselves that they were righteous” that Jesus was talking to? Luke 16:14-15

If you were in the temple, how would you feel about what the Pharisee was saying?

What were some ways the Jews thought they could bring about righteousness? Matthew 6:2-5; 16-18

When do these areas of worship become wrong? Matthew 6:1

What is the tragedy of “legalism?” Deuteronomy 6:5; Leviticus 19:18

The previous parable in Luke spoke of a judge who did not believe in or respect God. Of the two characters, the judge and the Pharisee, who is ultimately most dangerous to Christianity? Why? Luke 18:1-8; Revelation 3:15-16

Why may self-righteousness be the most dangerous sin of “religious” people? Luke 10:25-29, 16:15, 18:14

If you had to guess, what do you think the real goal of the Pharisee was?

The Pharisee was trusting in His own religious practice. As a Pharisee why should he have known better? Isaiah 64:5-8

Why don’t people naturally gravitate towards humility?

To honor the Day of Atonement, the people were asked to fast this one day of the year but the Pharisees expanded it to fast every Monday and Thursday. Why do you think they did this?

What stopped the tax collector from looking up into heaven?

What did the tax collector know that the Pharisee did not? Romans 10:2-4

The tax collector won God’s gift of justification because of his humble heart. Why is humility such an important part of our Christian faith? Think out of the box. Romans 3:21-31, 4:5

How may the exulted by humbled and the humble be exulted? What are some examples we have seen in life?

Is this humility to be seen in someone’s whole life or just in their relationship with God? Explain

The New Covenant depreciates human performance. Why is that so difficult for many to accept? Jeremiah 31:31-34

Does the story prove we can be saved without obeying God? Explain. Does

it prove a sinner can be saved today by prayer without baptism? Explain

(Bible Study materials are gathered from various resources, i.e. Bible.org.)

Blessed Are the Poor In Spirit

“TADA!!”

Text:  John 20

Grace, mercy and peace to you from God our Father…

Please pray with me…

A Sunday school teacher asked her students, “What do you think were Jesus’ first words when He came out of the tomb?” A little girl shouted excitedly, “I know!” “OK Bethany, what did He say?” Extending her arms high into the air she said: TA DA!! So, in keeping with that theme. Today is “TA DA! Day.”

Unfortunately, for many who claim Christianity, this surprisingly isn’t what they celebrate today. In an article published just last Tuesday, it said that in a survey conducted by the London newspaper, “The Telegraph,” that fewer than one-in-three professed Christians believe ‘word-for-word’ the Biblical story of Jesus rising from the dead, with another 41% believing some sections should not be taken literally. A Palm Sunday poll for the BBC found 23% of those calling themselves Christian in Britain ‘do not believe in the resurrection of Jesus from the dead at all.” In a poll done by CNS News.com, in the United States, only 64% of Christians believed.

That begs the question, “Can you call yourself a Christian if you don’t believe in that TA DA moment when Jesus Christ rose from the dead?” Well, the short answer, of course, is “no.” And we know that because the Bible tells us so.

The article I read goes on to say that, “It’s not our cultural definitions but His eternal words that can truly mark what Christianity is all about.”

And His eternal Word says in Luke 9:22, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.”  Paul also writes in 1 Corinthians 15:17 of this most pivotal fact when he says, “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.” In other words, without the resurrection that we celebrate today, there is no hope.

 Finally, Romans 10:9 defines it best saying, “..If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”  Yes, the belief in Christ’s resurrection is essential in the belief of anyone who would call themselves Christian because, without it, Jesus Christ was just another Messiah wannabe. Without it, we would still be dead in our sins. Without it, our hope would be gone.

But we celebrate today, because we know that this promise made long ago was realized. Christ did, indeed, raise from the dead just as He said He would. This once dead Jesus walked the earth alive again in the splendor of His divinity.

And just like so many, even the disciples had trouble believing at first. Imagine yourselves in that same situation. In one instant, you’re in deep sorrow over the cruel death of your Master who you were sure had come to save the world and in the next instant, He is standing before you, nail marks intact. It’s only natural that they were a bit confused and unbelieving at first.

When this happened, there was not an atmosphere of joy but an atmosphere of fear. People don’t simply rise from the dead because when your dead your supposed to remain dead. Yet, praise be to God, here is Jesus standing before them again. What had first been disbelief and fear has turned to faithfulness and joy. What had once been astonishment and puzzlement had now turned to reality and worship.

It’s not easy to believe in something so amazing. Things like that just don’t happen in this world. It can be so tempting to limit our beliefs based on the limits of humanity. Yet Jesus Christ was so much more than our limited minds could ever comprehend and His abilities stretch beyond human reality. Sometimes we forget that He was 100% man but also 100% God. We find Him easier to understand if we simply shape Him into our own image yet forget that He came to shape our image into His.

It’s very natural for us to question. That’s what God created our beautiful minds to do. But we need not become overwhelmed to the point of unbelief. Just as He expected from His disciples, He expects from us a measure of faith that an almighty God such as He, is capable of all things, even life after death.

In our Gospel lesson, even John, the disciple whom Jesus loved, had a negative initial reaction at first, finding the tomb empty. Saddened because they believed Mary’s story that someone had stolen Christ’s body, they went to their homes wondering what next to do. It said that, as yet, they still, didn’t understand Jesus’ words to them that He must rise from the dead.

His negative reaction was because of His lack of understanding. I believe this is what we see in so many people who claim to be Christians. They do not properly understand, so they do not believe.

This is the first time in all the Easter’s we have shared together here at Redeemer that I’ve been blessed to be able to speak on John’s account of these amazing days. I think it’s the best version because John expands His explanation to includes the why’s. Why must Jesus have risen from the dead? Why did He have to die in the first place? What difference does His death and resurrection make in our everyday lives?

Well, in the case of that first Easter it makes this difference. Because of what Christ was been willing to do for us, we have been brought from death to life, just as He was. Jesus was the first of many believers who will one day be raised to life. Jesus was the first of many believers who will then ascend from their graves to heaven. Almost too beautiful to believe and if we limit ourselves to our human understanding, darn right impossible. Yet, He who could Himself raise Lazarus and even Himself from the dead can most assuredly raise up all those who put their faith in Him.

In a world of bad news and fake news, this TA DA moment is the best news of all. In a world of chaos and heartbreak this is the message of peace we seek. Just as Jesus came to Mary that day, He comes to us to fill our unbelieving hearts. He wants you to believe in a God of unlimited capabilities. A God of uncompromising love who will go to any length to save those He loves.

Our God, yours and mine, wants us to truly understand what He is willing to do to win your heart. He wants you to know that He is real and worthy of believing in. It’s the greatest news anyone could ever hear, but to get all the benefits our Lord is offering, you need to believe in His mighty works, even the ones that transcend human understanding.

Our God accepts you and welcomes you into His family no matter the warts and blemishes of your past life. Our God wants you to know that He loves you with a God sized love, another one of those remarkable gifts that go beyond human reasoning.

He only asks that you believe in Him and all His TA DA moments. He asks that you trust Him with your whole heart to lead you to the blessings He has reserved in your name. He is an inclusive Savior who wants to share all the riches of creation with you. All He asks is that we be inclusive as well.

After this scene of unbelief turned to full on faith, the disciple’s lives changed completely. No more did they question. No more did they doubt. Each one of them set about to share the good of that first Easter with all who would listen. They were eyewitness reporters to the world that couldn’t wait to tell their stories so that more could believe in all the TA DA moments they had been so blessed to witness.

Today, Jesus is asking you for that kind of faith. The faith that believes in miracles. What will your answer be? Don’t let skepticism keep you from realizing the very best of things. Give your heart to Jesus, and let Him prove to you just how almighty He really is. Amen.

For This Purpose I Have Come

Text:  John 12

Grace, mercy and peace to you from God our Father…

Please pray with me…

Today is a day of Hosannas. A day we remember the King of kings taking His rightful place as sovereign Lord. We look back to a day the Jews had long waited for. The day their Messiah would ride in through the East gate as prophesied, meekly on a donkey yet full of majesty.

This is a day we wave our palms much like the crowd that greeted Jesus. That day excitement filled the air, yet something wasn’t quite right. Though they should have been the most excited, the Scribes and Pharisees are not joining the crowds in their reverie. They are silent.

And something in the Messiah’s face seems odd. It looks as if He’s been crying. Somehow there is both happiness and sorrow in His face. What could be wrong, especially on this great day of celebration?

What they didn’t know was that inside Jesus, there was frustration. Frustration at the blindness of their praise which would soon turn to calls for His death. Frustrations because of the miracles the church leaders wouldn’t believe. Frustrations of the oncoming desertion of those he would need most. Yes, He was happy because He knew that salvation for all believers was coming, but also frustrated that so many would become so blind to the gift they were being offered.

Palm Sunday or Passion Sunday as it is sometimes called is both a time of sweet Hosannas and a time of continuing frustration. The hour had come for the Son of Man to be glorified yet so many could not see.

We can only imagine what Jesus must have been thinking as He made His grand entrance. He knew the devil was hard at work but He longed so much for His people to defeat satan, strengthened by their joy of the coming Messiah. He longed for all who were shouting their Hosannas to remain strong and vigilant against the evil of the Pharisees. He yearned for them to believe what many of them had seen but, as it says in verse 37 of our Gospel lesson, “Though He had done so many signs before them, they still did not believe in Him.”

Many have seen the signs. They have heard the very voice of God. They had seen the blind given sight, the deaf made to hear and the mute to speak yet they just didn’t completely perceive this man of miracles.

This day is really a lot more complex than our Hosannas show. Because, despite their shouts of glee, they would soon turn on Him. They would call for Him to be hung on a cross to die, only after being beaten, spit upon and mocked in the process. Crucify Him! Would be their cry. Crucify Him!

How can we celebrate something so painful? How can we ring out our Hosannas and waive our palms when we know that the tide will soon turn.

We hear this story every year. We hear of Jesus setting His face towards Jerusalem committed to doing what He must. We hear Him filled with sorrow over Jerusalem and we see Him doing the only thing that can save them. Despite their shallow praise and forthcoming desertion, He would fulfill God’s promise because His love would never waver. We hear it all in Christ’s Words, “Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. Father glorify Your name.”

So, now that I may have frustrated you too, let me tell you why frustration is no longer of any use to us. It has everything to do with purpose. Christ did not ride into Jerusalem unprepared. He did not get drunk on all the adulation that might stop Him from achieving His goal. He rode with majesty because He truly was riding in as our King. He rode in with determination to set right what had gone so desperately wrong. His purpose was to be the perfect sacrifice for us. It was literally what He was born to become.

He knew that the Messiah had to lifted up. He knew that the only way to save mankind was to take all of our sin upon Himself, because, as God’s own perfect Son, He was the only one who could possibly do it.

Was Jesus frustrated? We know by His words that He was. But it wasn’t frustration that drew Jesus to the cross. It was a love born out of purpose that held Him there. It was a resolve to do what the prophets had foretold. This wasn’t just a chance engagement, this event had been set since sin entered the world.

I think back to this first Palm Sunday and it leads me to wonder about us. What crowd do we associate most with? The crowd shouting out their urgent Hosannas or the crowd just singing about what they little understand. Do we truly comprehend the gift He has given or are we just playing the part all the while not realizing that we truly must depend on Him for our very existence mortally and eternally.

During Lent we look at those things that drove Jesus to the cross. We are called to recollect our own sinful nature and the harm that it causes. But we are also looking towards better things. Those things that have taken us from death to life. The promises fulfilled so that we might both see and comprehend paradise. Lent exists to help us realize those words of Jesus, “For this purpose I have come.”

In our Gospel lesson we see people very much like ourselves. They have trouble believing something so grand. They struggle to confess and proclaim that Jesus is the Messiah.

Paul described it in this way in 1 Corinthians 2: 6-8,

Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

Much like the crowd that day, we sometimes find it hard to sing our Hosannas and sustain them. We take our Savior lightly when we should be giving Him our very lives. We become frustrated with the world and let it damage the faith we have in the one we are to give our frustrations to.

Yet, God understands our frustrations and our weakness, just as He understood the weakness of those who were singing their Hosannas that day. By His love, He continues to strengthen us. Empowered by this great love, He came to kill the frustration within us. The frustration strengthened by doubt and dismay but vanquished in Godly grace.

The more Jesus hears those Hosannas, the more passionate He becomes to finish the task at hand. The more He hears their cries to crucify Him, the more determined He is to save them.

The beauty of Palm Sunday does not lie in the Hosannas. It is not defined by those laying palms before Him. Palm Sunday is all about Jesus and His willing sacrifice. Now, our true Hosannas can ring because all that had frustrated His people had been taken away.

The beauty of Palm Sunday is in the fact that, despite the ignorance of those who would shout out their false praises, Christ rode on through the crowd so that He might die to save them. He knew what must be done. That is where the beauty of Palm Sunday lies.

Hebrews chapter 12 tells us, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Despite the frustration, Palm Sunday is truly a beautiful day to remember. It’s a day we use to praise our Savior who did what He must, who knew what His purpose on earth was and who steadfastly went about making things right.

Therefore, we will continue to sing our Hosannas. We will continue to cry out “save us Lord!” And we will continue to worship the only one who could have done so much for those He loved. Hosanna to the King of Kings. Amen. 

Bible Study: For This Purpose I Have Come

 

 John 12:20-36

Why do you think Jesus responded this way? Did it have anything to do with Greeks seeking Him?

Why do you think they went to Philip to inquire about Jesus? Why did Philip then go to Andrew?

Describe the illustration of nature in your own words found in verse 24. What are the two applications of this verse?

What does it mean to “hate his life in this world?” Verse 25   Should a Christian be depressed or despondent about life on earth?

This is a call to radical discipleship, where else has Jesus spoken in such a way? (Matthew 16:24-26; Mark 8:34-37; Lk 9:23-26); (Matthew 10:39; Lk 17:33).

Why does Jesus insist His followers be this devoted to Him?

Why does Jesus explain that true life must come from death?

How can one gain more by releasing his life than holding onto it?

Why was Jesus’ soul troubled? Psalm 42:5; Mark 14:34, 36

Why both the past and future tense in verse 28?

Why does Jesus say that the Father’s voice from heaven was for the listeners’ sake and not for His own?

What is “the judgment of this world” which Jesus says is at hand? John 3:19-21

What is it about the people’s reference to the Messiah remaining forever that shows their misunderstanding of the eternal and the temporal?

Where, in the Old Testament could they have come up with this quote?  Psalm 89:35-36,  110:4; Isaiah 9:6-7; Ezekiel 37:24-25; Daniel 7:13-14

What did Jesus mean by “walk in the light”?

What must it have been like for Jesus to know his purpose and be so unsuccessful in helping people understand it?