John . . . Witness

Rev. David Bast

READ : John 21:24-25, 20:30-31 Can we really trust the stories the gospels tell us about Jesus? The answer is yes. The Beloved Disciple The final scene in the fourth Gospel describes the restoration of Peter to his apostolic office by the risen Lord Jesus. After questioning Peter about his love and commissioning him to care for the church, Jesus then prophesied that Peter would die a martyr’s death. One day Peter would seal his witness to the truth of …

Peter . . . Restoration

Rev. David Bast

READ : John 21:24-25; 20:30-31 What’s the most important quality for any Christian to have? Hint: it’s also what motivates Christ’s greatest servants. Peter had decided to go fishing. He and some of the other of the disciples were in Galilee, a few weeks after the resurrection of Jesus. The Lord had appeared to them in Jerusalem and promised to meet them again in Galilee. But now that they were there, nothing much seemed to be happening. I get the …

Thomas . . . Doubt

Rev. David Bast

READ : John 20:19-29 Does doubt make you an unbeliever? Not if Thomas is any kind of disciple. In this brief series of programs during the season of Easter, we’re looking at the encounters between the risen Lord Jesus Christ and several of his followers. These happened during the forty-day period between Jesus’ resurrection from the dead and his ascension into heaven. According to Acts 1:3, Jesus used this brief period of time for two things: first, to confirm his …

Mary Magdalene . . . Recognition

Rev. David Bast

READ : John 20:1, 11-18 How do you know Jesus is really alive? You can recognize his voice when he calls your name. Do you have any great ambition in life, some goal that drives you forward and keeps you striving to achieve it? For many that ambition would be making money. For others it’s athletic success, or political power, or personal importance. Still others devote their time, money, and energy to maintaining their health, or enhancing their appearance. The …

Jesus Glorified

Rev. David Bast

READ : John 12:23, 27-33 Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! As we celebrate the resurrection on this Easter Sunday, let’s think together about the full meaning of Jesus’ glory. I can still remember a conversation about faith that I had in junior high school with a classmate who claimed to be an agnostic. As I shared what I believed, he responded by telling me what he believed — that Jesus of Nazareth never existed. In other words, …

The Triumphal Entry

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 21:1-11 What can we learn from the story of Palm Sunday? It would have been great to be part of the crowd that welcomed Jesus at his triumphal entry into Jerusalem. But then, maybe not. Crowds are notoriously fickle. Listen to the story of Palm Sunday from Matthew’s gospel: Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage . . . then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village in front …