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John 11:17-37

by Lon on December 29, 2010

Continuing our exploration of the gospel of John

17 On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days.18 Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem,19 and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother.

20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.
21 a??Lord,a?? Martha said to Jesus, a??if you had been here, my brother would not have died.

22 But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.a??

23 Jesus said to her, a??Your brother will rise again.a??

24 Martha answered, a??I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.a??
25 Jesus said to her, a??I am the resurrection and the life. nike air max femme pas cher He who believes in me will live, even though he dies;

26 and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. asics gel nimbus 18 soldes Do you believe this?a??

27 a??Yes, Lord,a?? she told him, a??I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.a??
28 And after she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. acheter chaussures nike a??The Teacher is here,a?? she said, a??and is asking for you.a??29 When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him.30 Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him.

31 When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there.

32 When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, a??Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.a??
33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled.

34 a??Where have you laid him?a?? he asked.
a??Come and see, Lord,a?? they replied.

35 Jesus wept.

36 Then the Jews said, a??See how he loved him!a??

37 But some of them said, a??Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?a??

Again this passage opens by stressing that Bethany was not that far away, and Jesus could have done something about it.

There are problems, issues, conflicts, pain, in all of our lives – and Jesus is no less capable of doing something about it – but why doesn’t he?

Christians believe that Jesus is God. We have plenty of solid theological arguments to make the case. asics pulse soldes Notice how when Mary refers to God as a separate being Jesus can make requests of, his response is not to make immediate theological corrections.

Jesus wept.

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John 7:1-13

by Lon on December 29, 2010

Continuing our journey through the gospel of John

1 After this, Jesus went around in Galilee, purposely staying away from Judea because the Jews there were waiting to take his life.2 But when the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles was near,3 Jesus’ brothers said to him, a??You ought to leave here and go to Judea, so that your disciples may see the miracles you do.4 No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. nike air zoom pegasus Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.a??

5 For even his own brothers did not believe in him. nike air max thea
6 Therefore Jesus told them, a??The right time for me has not yet come; for you any time is right.7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that what it does is evil.8 You go to the Feast. I am not yet going up to this Feast, because for me the right time has not yet come.a??

9 Having said this, he stayed in Galilee. adidas zx 750 pas cher
10 However, after his brothers had left for the Feast, he went also, not publicly, but in secret.

11 Now at the Feast the Jews were watching for him and asking, a??Where is that man?a??

12 Among the crowds there was widespread whispering about him. Some said, a??He is a good man.a??
Others replied, a??No, he deceives the people.a??

13 But no one would say anything publicly about him for fear of the Jews.

Jesus stayed away from those who were trying to kill him. Clearly there is a time for martyrdom, and a time to live another day.

Jesus’ brothers knew of his miraculous powers, and wanted others to see it displayed, yet did not quite ‘believe in him’

People during those times did not speak publicly about Jesus out of fear. They didn’t even feel safe raising questions of who Jesus could possibly be.

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John 8:48-59

by Lon on December 27, 2010

Continuing our journey through the book of John

48 The Jews answered him, a??Aren’t we right in saying that you are a Samaritan and demon?possessed?a??
49 a??I am not possessed by a demon,a?? said Jesus, a??but I honor my Father and you dishonor me.50 I am not seeking glory for myself; but there is one who seeks it, and he is the judge.

51 I tell you the truth, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.a??
52 At this the Jews exclaimed, a??Now we know that you are demon?possessed! Abraham died and so did the prophets, yet you say that if anyone keeps your word, he will never taste death.

53 Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets. ugg australia classic Who do you think you are?a??
54 Jesus replied, a??If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me.55 Though you do not know him, I know him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and keep his word.

56 Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.a??

57 a??You are not yet fifty years old,a?? the Jews said to him, a??and you have seen Abraham!a??
58 a??I tell you the truth,a?? Jesus answered, a??before Abraham was born, I am!a??

59 At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds. nike air max thea soldes

It’s quite the startling mistake to mistake the son of God for someone demon possessed. nike air max 2015 Yet it happened to Jesus. It happens today as we demonize people – we need to be very careful of the accusations we throw.

It’s amazing how fixated Jesus was on bringing God the father glory, what would our lives look like if we did the same?

“before Abraham was born, I am” – Christ is alluding to when God referred to himself as “I am” – the alpha and the omega, the one who was, and is, and is to come – Our Christ is both cosmic and universal while being deeply intimate and personal.

Jesus ran for cover from the pending stoning. There’s a time to run and a time to stand our ground.

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John 6:1-15 – Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

by Lon on December 26, 2010

Continuing our online journey through the gospel of John

1 Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias),2 and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the miraculous signs he had performed on the sick.3 Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples.

4 The Jewish Passover Feast was near.
5 When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, a??Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?a??

6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. nike internationalist

7 Philip answered him, a??Eight months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!a??
8 Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up,

9 a??Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?a??
10 Jesus said, a??Have the people sit down.a?? There was plenty of grass in that place, and the men sat down, about five thousand of them.

11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish. asics gel kinsei 6
12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, a??Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.a??

13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.
14 After the people saw the miraculous sign that Jesus did, they began to say, a??Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.a??

15 Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.

Did Jesus lead the disciples on by suggesting that they possibly ‘buy’ bread? Clearly Jesus knew the miracle he was about to perform. nike air zoom pegasus Could it be that sometimes God leads us down one path, to starkly contrast an alternative path he’ll soon take us on? What would the implications of this be in where God has take you so far?

It probably didn’t matter what the boy with the bread and fish had. It could’ve been oranges, it could’ve been only half a fish. The point is that God can perform astounding things with whatever we have in hand if we make it available.

In our ecologically challenging times, it’s also striking that even amid seeming unlimited abundance Jesus requested that “nothing be wasted”.

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John 2:18-25

by Lon on December 25, 2010

Continuing our journey through the Gospel of John

18 Then the Jews demanded of him, a??What miraculous sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?a??

19 Jesus answered them, a??Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.a??
20 The Jews replied, a??It has taken forty?six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?a??21 But the temple he had spoken of was his body. 22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. air jordan future Then they believed the Scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.
23 Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many people saw the miraculous signs he was doing and believed in his name.24 But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all men.

25 He did not need man’s testimony about man, for he knew what was in a man.

It’s interesting how Jesus spoke in multiple layers. He was like an artist, who’s words were dense with meaning and provocative. adidas femme soldes He was obviously trying to rattle people a bit as he loosely was referring to the destruction of Herod’s temple.

I wonder how often we fail to see the true meaning behind the words of Jesus. And how often do we dismiss how he might be trying to also provoke us?

It must have been incredibly tempting for Christ to ‘entrust’ himself to people. He had the adoration and admiration of so many even though he was unliked by many as well. nike air max 2017 goedkoop Christ knows how often we’re simply putting up shallow fronts and how we present ourselves may be so far from what’s actually within our hearts.

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John 9:35-41

by Lon on December 23, 2010

Continuing our journey through the gospel of John

35 Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, a??Do you believe in the Son of Man?a??

36 a??Who is he, sir?a?? the man asked. a??Tell me so that I may believe in him.a??

37 Jesus said, a??You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.a??

38 Then the man said, a??Lord, I believe,a?? and he worshiped him.

39 Jesus said, a??For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.a??

40 Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, a??What? Are we blind too?a??

41 Jesus said, a??If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains. asics gel lyte 3

It’s stories like this that get Jesus into trouble.

Why must he speak in such riddles? Sometimes there seems to be a circular nature to Jesus’ arguments. adidas powerlift 3 Last will be first, the blind will see… but then the first become last… nike air max 2016 soldes and those who see are blind.

Maybe it’s not so much the destination, or the permanence of a state, but the dynamics of a living relationship.

Our desire for God leads to knowing him. asics france But as soon as we think we fully know him, would we still desire to know him more?

The truth of God is a dangerous thing.

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John 5:1-15

by Lon on December 23, 2010

Continuing our study through the gospel of John

1 Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for a feast of the Jews.2 Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades.3 Here a great number of disabled people used to liea??the blind, the lame, the paralyzed.5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty?eight years.

6 When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, a??Do you want to get well?a??

7 a??Sir,a?? the invalid replied, a??I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. nike air max classic bw soldes While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.a??
8 Then Jesus said to him, a??Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.a??

9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. nike air max thea
The day on which this took place was a Sabbath,

10 and so the Jews said to the man who had been healed, a??It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.a??

11 But he replied, a??The man who made me well said to me, a??Pick up your mat and walk.a?? a??

12 So they asked him, a??Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?a??

13 The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there. air max pas cher
14 Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, a??See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.a??

15 The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.

Who are the lame, the blind, and the paralyzed today? Literally or metaphorically.

Where do they gather today, and why?

Jesus approached the man with a question, not a presumption.

Ponder the NIV translation of the man’s condition as ‘invalid’. adidas stan smith Pas Cher A better translation may be infirmity, frailty, or weakness.

Jesus caused a man to break the ‘sabbath’ in the healing.

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John 4:1-26

by Lon on December 22, 2010

Continuing our journey through the book of John

1 The Pharisees heard that Jesus was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John,2 although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples.

3 When the Lord learned of this, he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.
4 Now he had to go through Samaria.5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph.

6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour.
7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, a??Will you give me a drink?a??

8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

9 The Samaritan woman said to him, a??You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?a?? (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)

10 Jesus answered her, a??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.a??
11 a??Sir,a?? the woman said, a??you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. nike dunk Where can you get this living water?

12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?a??
13 Jesus answered, a??Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,

14 but 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.a??

15 The woman said to him, a??Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.a??

16 He told her, a??Go, call your husband and come back.a??

17 a??I have no husband,a?? she replied.
Jesus said to her, a??You are right when you say you have no husband.

18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. nike air max femme What you have just said is quite true.a??
19 a??Sir,a?? the woman said, a??I can see that you are a prophet.

20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.a??
21 Jesus declared, a??Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.

24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.a??

25 The woman said, a??I know that Messiaha?? (called Christ) a??is coming. adidas tubular When he comes, he will explain everything to us.a??

26 Then Jesus declared, a??I who speak to you am he.a??

- Why didn’t Jesus do the baptizing himself?

- Jesus was ‘tired’ – it happens to the best of us – you don’t necessarily need to feel guilty

- Jesus strikes a conversation – not by offering something, but asking to receive something. adidas zx flux How might this impact the way we interact with people?

- ‘a spring of water welling up to eternal life’ – have you encountered a source this deep within you?

- v19 ‘ i can see that you are a prophet’ – how else do you respond to a person who knows the very depths of your soul? What do you do when others begin to unearth who you really are? The woman at the well decides to change topics.

- ‘spirit and truth’ – of all the possible descriptions in the world – why would god be seeking people who worship in ‘spirit and truth’ specifically?

- This section of the passage ends with a thud.

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