When Jesus preached at the Feast of the Booths, a festival for the end of year harvest, the people were in awe. Some doubted his authority, arguing that he had not properly fulfilled the prophecies. Others wanted to kill him because of his blasphemous claim of authority. But the scriptures say “Yet many of the people believed in him.” (v.31) Even today there is much controversy over who Jesus really is. Some believe he was a myth, some believe he was just a man who made large claims, but 2.2 billion people, globally, believe he truly is the Son of God!
On average, only about one fifth of the students who enter our schools believe in Christ. One of the best parts of partnering with each student, through graduation, is that we have years to reach them. Our teachers and directors get to know each child personally, meet their needs, and live out Christ’s love every day. As a result, countless young people have come to accept Christ as their Lord and Savior, many of whom are now strong Christian leaders in their communities.
Regional Coordinator, Mexico and the Caribbean
Prayer: Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God. Please let your light shine through me each day, so that others can see the glory of the Father.
1After this Jesus went about in Galilee. He would not go about in Judea, because the Jews were seeking to kill him. 2 Now the Jews’ Feast of Booths was at hand.
10 But after his brothers had gone up to the feast, then he also went up, not publicly but in private.
25 Some of the people of Jerusalem therefore said, “Is not this the man whom they seek to kill? 26 And here he is, speaking openly, and they say nothing to him! Can it be that the authorities really know that this is the Christ? 27 But we know where this man comes from, and when the Christ appears, no one will know where he comes from.” 28 So Jesus proclaimed, as he taught in the temple, “You know me, and you know where I come from. But I have not come of my own accord. He who sent me is true, and him you do not know. 29 I know him, for I come from him, and he sent me.” 30 So they were seeking to arrest him, but no one laid a hand on him, because his hour had not yet come.
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