One of the more famous prophesies in the Hebrew scriptures, Micah foretold specific details that would identify the one God would send to deliver Israel, and ultimately rule victoriously. Continue reading Minor Prophets: Micah, Bethlehem’s Promise
Faced with the same evidence, some were moved to belief, and some were hardened in unbelief. And yet God’s purpose for Messiah still advanced. Even with free will, no person can alter God’s divine plan. As one commentator put it, Nothing people can do will thwart or alter the sovereign will of God, and nothing God does ever sets aside the free choice of people. Continue reading Gospel of John: Emergency Council Meeting
It is God Who creates new life within you and me, Jesus calls us by name and brings us out of death and into new life. Then God calls others to come help us unwind the old life from ourselves, all the things that had bound us in death. Continue reading Gospel of John: Lazarus! Here! Outside!
Faith involves doing hard things. And obedience to God reflects belief in God and God’s word. Martha would have to put her belief on the line in front of her sister, in front of all those religious dignitaries, in front of all their extended family and people who had come down from Jerusalem. Continue reading Gospel of John: Belief on the Line
Each change is loss of what was as we move into what is, and face what it seems must be. Continue reading Gospel of John: Jesus Wept
[In the Greek] Though Martha’s voice had leaned more heavily on the final catastrophe of death itself, Mary spoke from the devastation of personal betrayal, her voice leaning on the connection of her brother, the unspoken meaning clear: you said you loved me, and he was my brother. Continue reading Gospel of John: Martha’s Faith
Or are we living in active faith that Jesus is powerfully at work within our inward beings, transforming us, and is also at work in our physical world, bring shalom to all those around us, including the earth itself? Continue reading Gospel of John: Revelation to Martha
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?