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John 5:31-47

by Lon on December 19, 2010

Continuing our journey through the gospel of john

31 a??If I testify about myself, my testimony is not valid.

32 There is another who testifies in my favor, and I know that his testimony about me is valid.
33 a??You have sent to John and he has testified to the truth.34 Not that I accept human testimony; but I mention it that you may be saved.

35 John was a lamp that burned and gave light, and you chose for a time to enjoy his light.
36 a??I have testimony weightier than that of John. For the very work that the Father has given me to finish, and which I am doing, testifies that the Father has sent me.37 And the Father who sent me has himself testified concerning me. adidas tubular You have never heard his voice nor seen his form,38 nor does his word dwell in you, for you do not believe the one he sent.39 You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. bottes timberland pas cher These are the Scriptures that testify about me,

40 yet you refuse to come to me to have life. nike air max 1
41 a??I do not accept praise from men,42 but I know you. I know that you do not have the love of God in your hearts.43 I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him.

44 How can you believe if you accept praise from one another, yet make no effort to obtain the praise that comes from the only God?
45 a??But do not think I will accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom your hopes are set.46 If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me.

47 But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?a??

What does it mean for Christ to suggest if he were to testify of himself it would not be valid? What does this say for how we testify of Christ? or even how we go about sharing about our own lives?

The word of God is a primary means by which we relate to God but this is a profound statement by Christ himself – “You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life.” Surely he’s not saying we shouldn’t study the Scriptures, but what might he be suggesting?

What does it mean for Christ to be able to risk relying on the voices of others and his actions to speak? Jesus seems to share several other entry points to belief in him – The Father, John the Baptist, The Scriptures, Moses…

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John 1:35-42

by Lon on December 31, 2009

Continuing our journey through the Gospel of John

35 The next day John was there again with two of his disciples.

36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, a??Look, the Lamb of God!a??
37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus.

38 Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, a??What do you want?a??
They said, a??Rabbia?? (which means Teacher), a??where are you staying?a??

39 a??Come,a?? he replied, a??and you will see.a??
So they went and saw where he was staying, and spent that day with him. It was about the tenth hour.
40 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus.41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, a??We have found the Messiaha?? (that is, the Christ).

42 And he brought him to Jesus.
Jesus looked at him and said, a??You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephasa?? (which, when translated, is Peter). nike roshe run

We tend to think of God by his divine will and timing calling people to himself. adidas nmd However we can see by this passage that it was Simon who had brought Peter to Jesus. nike air max 1 pas cher What if Simon had decided to ‘follow’ Jesus for himself? What if he was only concerned about his own spirituality and personal growth that he had forgotten about Peter?

The good news is that the good news is too good to keep to ourselves. A primary aspect of following Jesus involves connecting with those who have yet to encounter to Jesus themselves.

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Hebrews 3

by Lon on June 30, 2008

If you’re following along, Hebrews is no light read.A? It is dense with meaning, symbolism, especially with it’s references to the Hebrew Scriptures (The Old Testament).

Some reflections

- What is the ‘heavenly calling’?

- It’s interesting to note that Jesus is described as an apostle

- If the “Builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself” – Where is more emphasis and honor today, the church and all it’s activities, or Jesus Himself?

- What does it mean to hold on to our courage?

- Is God being reactionary as he makes an oath in anger? What does it mean for an unchanging God to actively respond to us?

- Could it be that the sins of others are my responsibility? The Scriptures here call for us to see to it that no one has a sinful, unbelieving heart. How do we fulfill our calling to point people to the Living God?

- There’s several references here to the hardening of the heart. Reminds me of Pharaoh’s heart being hardened. Quite possibly as we refuse to respond to God, there comes a point where there is no turning back?

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