by Roby Ellis
[Scripture Reading: John 2:13-22]
A. Misunderstandings can sometimes be comical, but at other times they can have devastating effects in our jobs, relationships, etc.
B. The consequences of misunderstandings could never be more serious than they are when they pertain to our faith.
I. Jesus was often misunderstood.
A. People misunderstood His words (John 2:19-21; 3:3-4; 4:10-15; 7:35; 8:26-27).
B. Often even His own disciples did not understand (John 4:32-34; 11:11-14,23-26; 14:5; 16:16-18; 21:22-23).
C. Jesus’ actions were seldom fully understood (John 12:14-16; 13:6-11).
II. Consider the consequences of these misunderstandings.
A. The Jews rejected Him because they didn’t understand Him (John 1:11; 8:42-47).
B. Many of His disciples left Him because they did not understand (John 6:47-66).
C. Because of a misunderstanding, some tried to stone Him (John 8:48-59).
D. Misunderstandings of Jesus, His teaching, and the Scriptures eventually led to His crucifixion (John 18:36; Acts 3:17).
A. Misunderstandings of the Word still have dreadful consequences, but we can protect ourselves by listening carefully (Luke 8:17-18).
B. As you read your Bible, look not only for what you already know, but also for what you might have missed, as well as for what might be missing in your life.