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Your Result Will Confuse Your Detractors

Rev. Tetteh-Annor Larbi | May 31, 2024 | John 10:17-21


And many of them said He has a demon and is mad. Why do you listen to Him? Others said, these are not the words of one who has a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind? John 10:20-21 (NKJV)



Jesus speaks of His authority over life and death, declaring that He willingly lays down His life and takes it up again. This bold proclamation reveals His divine power and purpose, emphasising that His actions are in complete obedience to the Father. Jesus’ confident assertion confounds His listeners, causing division among them. Some accuse Him of being demon-possessed and insane, while others recognise the profound truth in His words and deeds. This passage reminds us that following God's will, even when it seems radical or incomprehensible to others, will ultimately produce results that confuse and silence our detractors.


Jesus’ resurrection is the ultimate result that baffled His critics. They could not understand His claims, yet His victory over death proved His divine identity and mission. Similarly, when we align ourselves with God's purpose and walk in obedience to His commands, the outcomes in our lives can astonish those who doubt us. Our faithfulness, especially in challenging circumstances, can lead to transformative results that defy human expectations. These results, whether in personal growth, breakthroughs, or acts of love and service, serve as powerful testimonies to God's power at work within us.


By persevering in our divine purpose, we allow God's glory to shine through us, leaving our critics bewildered and drawing others closer to the truth of the Gospel. Let us be confident that, like Jesus, our faithful obedience will yield results that confuse and convert even the harshest sceptics.


Reflect on Jesus’ example, and be encouraged to remain steadfast in your faith, even in the face of scepticism or opposition. Commit to God’s calling and look to Him to deal with all the criticism and misunderstanding. You can trust that your faithfulness will bear fruit in due time. The very things that your detractors use to question your sanity or motives will become the evidence of God's hand in your live.


Dear Lord, may we find your will for our lives and follow it and help us to persevere no matter the challenges we face along the way. For your dear name’s sake. Amen.





DAILY word study: DEMONS

The Greek word for "demon" in this passage is "δαιμόνιον" (daimonion), which refers to an evil spirit or a supernatural being associated with causing harm or possession. δαιμόνιον (daimonion) is often used in the New Testament to describe beings that oppose God's work and afflict humans (e.g., Matthew 9:33; Mark 1:34). In John 10:20-21, the accusation that Jesus had a demon highlights the deep misunderstanding and spiritual blindness of some of His contemporaries. The division among the people reveals a profound struggle to comprehend Jesus' true nature and mission. This passage emphasizes the clash between good and evil, where Jesus' miraculous deeds are undeniable signs of God's kingdom, yet are met with scepticism and hostility.


How do you discern the works of God in a world filled with scepticism and misunderstanding? Consider how you respond to the miraculous and the divine in your life. Are you quick to dismiss or question the presence of God, or do you seek to understand and embrace His workings? Reflect on your openness to seeing God's hand at work in unexpected ways.

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