The Measure of God's Love

Rev. David Bast

READ : John 3:16, 18 How do you measure love? Love is not measured by how much you say or how strongly you feel but by how much you give. This is supremely true of God’s love for us. One night Jesus was talking with a man called Nicodemus, a leading religious teacher from Jerusalem. Nicodemus had a number of questions he wanted to ask this young rabbi whose miracles and teaching were making such an impression upon the whole …

What Disciples Do

Rev. David Bast

READ : John 1:35-51 When Jesus launched his public ministry the first people he encountered were a most unlikely group of helpers, but these first disciples can show us what it means to be a follower of Jesus. Imagine you needed to recruit and train a group of people to carry out the greatest and most important mission in world history. How would you go about that task? Well, obviously, you would start by searching out the best talent in …

The Lamb of God

Rev. David Bast

READ : John 1:19-34 The first person to publicly identity Jesus as the Savior of the world was the prophet we know as John the Baptist. Listen to John’s testimony concerning the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of world. I once read a news report about a woman who loved Christmas so much she never wanted it to end. She had found, by long experimentation, that with painstaking care she could make her Christmas tree stay green …

Why Jesus Came

Rev. David Bast

READ : John 1:1, 14 Each of the four New Testament gospel writers is especially concerned to do one thing: introduce the reader to Jesus. But they all go about it in different ways, and John, in particular – the writer of the fourth gospel – offers a breathtaking introduction to the person of Jesus Christ. John speaks for all the gospel writers when he explains his purpose near the end of his book: “[This is] written so that you …

Elisha and the Syrian General

Rev. David Bast

READ : 2 Kings 5:1-14 One of the most famous of all the Elisha stories offers us a parable of what we need to do in order to be saved. It isn’t hard; the question is, are we humble enough to do what’s required? One sabbath day Jesus came back to his home town of Nazareth, went to the synagogue, and preached a sermon in which he said that the day of God’s salvation had arrived, and that it coincided …

Elisha and the Siege of Samaria

Rev. David Bast

READ : 2 Kings 7:1-9 Someone has famously described evangelism – the sharing of the gospel message of salvation with non-Christians – as “one beggar telling another where to find bread.” In a famous incident from the life of the prophet Elisha we can see just how true that is. Elisha, Elijah’s successor, was more than just a prophet; he was a wonder-worker. In fact, only Jesus is recorded in the Bible as having performed more miracles than Elisha. One …