Scripture: John 12:44-50
Focus Scripture: “For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it.” John 12:49 (NIV)
John says this is Jesus’ last public teaching.1 He spends His remaining time on earth teaching the disciples.
We hear from a young age that our last words tell others about our true selves. In this passage, Jesus tells his listeners, when one believes in Him, he or she also believes in God who sent Him.
The Teacher tells them, and us, that He does not judge us, but God does. He also states that the words He speaks come from God the Father. Where do the words we speak have their source? Do they come from God or from our own angry hearts? We are the ones who have to decide. Only God can show us the source of our words and our emotions.
- Daily Study Bible, William Barclay, Book of John-Vol 2. Page 135;Westminster Press, Philadelphia