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10/8 John 20-21

Doubt, it is the one thing that holds us back from so many accomplishments.  It can stop us dead in our tracks.  Trying for that new job, nah probably not qualified.  Considered asking such and such out, but they’ll probably say no.  Thought about getting involved with this ministry at church but I’m probably not good enough.  I prayed for this and God didn’t answer my prayer, guess He doesn’t care or He’s just to busy.  Thomas had doubts about Jesus’ resurrection.

25So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.”

26A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

28Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” 29Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

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October 8, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

10/7 John 18-19

Chapters 18 and 19 deal with the arrest, trial, crucifixion, and death of Jesus.  In chapter 19, Pilate has Jesus beaten and then attempts to release him.  But the Jewish leaders want him dead and refuse to give in.

7The Jews insisted, “We have a law, and according to that law he must die, because he claimed to be the Son of God.”

8When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid, 9and he went back inside the palace. “Where do you come from?” he asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no answer. 10“Do you refuse to speak to me?” Pilate said. “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?”

It is interesting that Pilate truly believes that he has all the power and is in total control of the situation.  Suffering from the beating that he received and no doubt in great pain, Jesus does not let pass one last chance to set Pilate straight.

11Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.”

12From then on, Pilate tried to set Jesus free, but the Jews kept shouting, “If you let this man go, you are no friend of Caesar. Anyone who claims to be a king opposes Caesar.”

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10/6 John 15-17

In John 17, Jesus prays to his Father.  His prayer covers three areas.  Himself, his disciples, and you and me.  In verse 3 Jesus defines what eternal life is.  Eternal life is knowing God and Jesus.  I believe that knowing in this instance means much more that having knowledge or being familiar with.  It is a deep and personal relationship with both that we must have in order to truly have eternal life.

1After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. 2For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. 4I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. 5And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.

Jesus next is praying for the protection of his disciples.

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10/5 John 12-14

John 13 gives us the true heart of the servant Jesus.  In Matthew 20:28 Jesus states, “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”  Here goes it a step further by physically showing his disciples what it means to serve.

3Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

And as always Peter opens his mouth only to say the wrong thing.  Jesus, you shall never wash my feet.  Wrong answer Peter.  Then Jesus continues with the lesson.

12When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13“You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

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October 5, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 2 Comments

10/4 John 11

John 11 is mostly about the people mourning Lazarus’ death and Jesus raising him from the dead.  While I believe that Jesus could of easily showed up earlier and healed Lazarus.  He of course had bigger things in mind, like glorifying His Father through the resurrection of Lazarus.

21“Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”

23Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”

24Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”

25Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; 26and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

27“Yes, Lord,” she told him, “I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.”

Jesus puts it all in a nutshell in verses 25 and 26.  That when we believe in Jesus, we will live and never die.  This of course is means spiritual life vs spiritual death.  He asks Martha if she believes and she makes a truly awesome confession there in verse 27.  Which sounds very familiar if you are already a Christian.  It is much like the confession the we all made at one time.  This may be a good time to talk to a friend that hasn’t made that confession yet.  What do you think?

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10/3 John 10

John 10 is about Jesus as the Good Shepherd.  Jesus explains to those listening that he is the gate.  In his book “They Smell Like Sheep”, Lynn Anderson tells how the shepherd would build a make shift pen at night and once all the sheep were inside, he would lay down across the opening.  He would block anything from getting in and he would allow the sheep to come and go.   I think that Jesus here states two truths.  One, in order to get to heaven we have to go through him and second, that he is there to protect us.

7Therefore Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. 8All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

He came that they may have life, and have it to the full.  That is an amazing promise for all Christians.  One that many seem to forget about from time to time.  In the next few verses, Jesus states that he is the good shepherd. Follow this link to keep reading

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10/2 John 7-9

There is so much going on in these 3 chapters.  I think I will focus in on chapter 8.  The story of the woman caught in adultery proves that Jesus came as he said, to seek and save the lost and not to condemn.

1But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

I think anyone less than the Son of God would not be able to answer their questions in such a way as to force them to admit their own sin publicly.  But in one short sentence, just 19 words, he stopped them cold. Follow this link to keep reading

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10/1 John 4-6

In these chapters John writes about living water in chapter 4 and then in chapter 6 he writes about the bread of life.  The conversation with the Samaritan women is interesting in as much that she is someone who a Jew would never talk to.  Samaritan and divorced several times, while living with a man she is not married to.  Yet Jesus must have sensed that she is seeking after God.

7When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8(His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) 9The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)10Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

13Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”15The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”

Whether she grasped what Jesus was telling or not is hard to tell, but the people in her village received great benefit from Jesus staying with them for two days.  Many believed and were saved.

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October 1, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 2 Comments

9/30 John 1-3

John 1 starts with some very familiar verses:

1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning.

Jesus is the Word and he was with God in the beginning.

3Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

Nothing that exists would exist without the involvement of Jesus.  This is an interesting verse.  If God spoke the world into existence and if Jesus is the Word and if through him all things were made, then what could we infer from this combination?

4In him was life, and that life was the light of men.

Jesus is the source of life.  He is the light that we all look for when death and darkness overtake us.

5The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.

Jesus is the light, but those in the darkness like it there.  Shining light on them reveals too much about them.

9The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.

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