RIGHTEOUS JUDGMENT

Opening Prayer

Set us free, O God, from the bondage of our sins, and give us the liberty of that abundant life which you have made known to us in your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. BCP 216

TEXT

John 7:10-24 NASB

But when His brothers had gone up to the feast, then He Himself also went up, not publicly, but as if, in secret. So the Jews were seeking Him at the feast and were saying, “Where is He?” There was much grumbling among the crowds concerning Him; some were saying, “He is a good man”; others were saying, “No, on the contrary, He leads the people astray.” Yet no one was speaking openly of Him for fear of the Jews.

But when it was now the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and began to teach.The Jews then were astonished, saying, “How has this man become learned, having never been educated?”

So Jesus answered them and said, “My teaching is not Mine, but His who sent Me. “If anyone is willing to do His will, he will know of the teaching, whether it is of God or whether I speak from Myself. “He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who is seeking the glory of the One who sent Him, He is true, and there is no unrighteousness in Him. “Did not Moses give you the Law, and yet none of you carries out the Law? Why do you seek to kill Me?”

The crowd answered, “You have a demon! Who seeks to kill You?”

Jesus answered them, “I did one deed, and you all marvel. “For this reason Moses has given you circumcision (not because it is from Moses, but from the fathers), and on the Sabbath you circumcise a man. “If a man receives circumcision on the Sabbath so that the Law of Moses will not be broken, are you angry with Me because I made an entire man well on the Sabbath? “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”

 

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At length the time is quite fulfill’d,
The moment come, when God had will’d
To manifest His Son;
Jehovah in the temple seen,
Begins to’ instruct the sons of men,
And make the Godhead known.

The Christ foretold by ancient seers,
The Lord in His own house appears,
To hear and not declaim,
To answer all His love’s design,
And with authority Divine
Declare His Father’s name.

By Thy example, Lord, repress
Our ministerial forwardness,
And teach us when, and where,
And how, our office to fulfil,
And the whole counsel of Thy will
Before the world declare.
— Charles Wesley

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