Risen

READ : John 20-21 Jesus died, but that was not the end. Because of what happened to him on Easter morning, that is not the end for us either. “Jesus lives and so shall I!” Peter and John saw the tomb was empty. Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene. That Sunday night, he appeared to his disciples. Thomas missed the blessing because he was somewhere else. If your church has evening worship, Jesus is there meeting with his disciples. Don’t miss …

Crucified

READ : John 17-19 In the high priestly prayer, Jesus prays for his disciples then and today. It includes a definition of life eternal: “This is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (17:3 ESV). That verse had a transforming effect upon my life. Previously I had thought of salvation as heaven. This verse caused me to realize that salvation and eternal life start now and last forever, and in …

In the Upper Room with Jesus

READ : John 13-16 What great teachings Jesus has for us in these chapters. He teaches us by example in the foot washing that we are to rid our hearts of pride and to serve each other gladly. How easy that is to say, how difficult it is to do. Jesus tells us that our hearts need not be troubled because heaven is like a large house in which he has prepared a room for each of us and to …

I Am

READ : John 10-12 There are seven great “I ams” in the Gospel of John. We have already considered some of Jesus’ claims, “I am the bread of life” (6:35) and “I am the light of the world” (9:5). Later Jesus will say, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life” (14:6) and “I am the true vine” (15:1). Significantly, the great name of God, Yahweh (or Jehovah), comes from the Hebrew verbal root “I am,” so these …

Jesus and the Pharisees

READ : John 7-9 Jesus gives the Pharisees an opportunity to come to him as he testifies to them of his uniqueness, but they reject his testimony. Then we have a passage (7:53–8:11) not found in the best (earliest) manuscripts but found in some manuscripts at the end of John’s Gospel or after Luke 21:38. Here the Pharisees bring a woman caught in the act of adultery. Interestingly they do not bring the man! Jesus challenges them by saying that …