Jesus had received a message from Mary and Marth of Bethany, Lazarus was gravely ill. But rather than come to them, Jesus sent word back that Lazarus’ illness was not to death but to God’s glory. Continue reading Gospel of John: Let Us All Go
What God does is always a reflection of God’s character and in keeping with God’s glory, and all this is displayed in the lives of every believer.
Those who believe God see God’s glory in everyday circumstances. Continue reading Gospel of John: Grave Illness
As Jesus spoke, the men before him must have looked unsatisfied and perturbed. Jesus was giving them no new answers, his words still seemed cloaked in metaphor and veiled meanings. To be told they were not of Jesus’ sheepfold seemed at the same time ambiguous and obvious. No, they did not believe Jesus, and no, he had no jurisdiction over them. Continue reading Gospel of John: I and the Father are One
From the human standpoint, we become Jesus’ sheep by believing,
from God’s standpoint, we believe because we are Jesus’ sheep. Continue reading Gospel of John: Election
Then the Judeans surrounded Jesus and said to him, “Until how long are our spirits [to be] in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us openly with confidence!” Continue reading Gospel of John: Are You the Messiah?
“He has a demon,” one said, and several others nodded, apprehensive. They could not account for his strange charisma and his powerful healings in any other way. He had a demon. It was the only explanation. Continue reading Gospel of John: I Know My Own
There might have been a slight sense of unease, wondering if Jesus really meant to imply their religious rulers were thieves and robbers. How could that be true? Were they not seeking to purify Israel, to return Israel to the theocracy it once had been? Continue reading Gospel of John: The Good Shepherd
it is actually safer to follow close to the Shepherd, even though it means the open field, new experiences, new events, new demands, rather than remain in the seeming safety of the fold.
You and I can trust he not only knows us, but he knows what it is like to go through what you and I are going through. He will not leave us in this place, he will guide us through it. Continue reading Gospel of John: The True Shepherd
None are so blind as those who refuse to see
Being willfully, stubbornly blind about something makes a person incurable.
Not believing something will not make it go away, or be untrue, or have no power in your life.
Continue reading Gospel of John: Shine the Light
Yesterday was about grace, but the results of grace returned in unexpected, and seemingly disastrous ways. Grace restores what is good, but the process can be so disruptive it may feel more like a tearing down than a building up, more like a taking away than a restoring. Continue reading Gospel of John: Grace, Grace, God’s Grace