When your heart is troubled, what do you do? Where do you go? Is it even possible to not let your heart be troubled? Chapters 13-17 of John’s Gospel were all spoken in one evening as Jesus prepared His disciples for the trauma they were about to experience that night when He would later be arrested, put on trial and condemned to death.
In dramatic fashion, Jesus demonstrated what it means to love completely in John 13. Even before His death on the cross, the disciples would experience the full extent of His love. Despite knowing that He would be betrayed by one, denied by another and deserted by all His disciples, John tells us that Jesus loved them to the very end.
In just six days, Jesus would be crucified. It must have seemed unthinkable to those around Him. At the time John writes chapter 12, Jesus’ popularity couldn’t have been any greater! Even His critics were afraid that “the whole world had gone after Him!”
In the eleventh chapter of John, Jesus’ dear friend, Lazarus, had become very ill. His sisters, Mary and Martha, sent a message to Jesus with the hope that He would come quickly and heal their brother. If you’re familiar with the story, you know that Jesus intentionally waited four days before coming and, by this time, Lazarus had died and was buried.
We are almost halfway through our journey. Way to go! It’s been great to hear from many of you and read the insights you are gleaning from your time with Jesus through the Gospel of John. I can’t think of a better way to prepare our hearts for Easter!
“Then Jesus told him, ‘I entered this world to render judgment—to give sight to the blind and to show those who think they see that they are blind.’” John 9:39 (NLT2) The story in John 9 is a favorite of mine. As you read it, picture yourself there with this poor man born blind who […]
Most people are familiar with the expression – The truth will make you free. But, if you do not know the truth, it will never make you free. It’s the truth you know that liberates you. How do you know the truth? John tells us in chapter 8 of his gospel.
As Jesus taught, not all who listened believed. Those who did believe for selfish reasons began to bail out when Jesus challenged them with the cost of discipleship. They had grown accustomed to seeing the miracles and getting a free meal.
Two of the most popular miracles of Jesus are recorded in John 6. The feeding of the 5,000 and when Jesus walked on water. Both illustrate His power over nature and His ability to meet every need in our lives. What if the boy had not offered Jesus his lunch?
There’s a question in John 5 that will cause you to stop and think! At first glance, it will seem insensitive and unkind of Jesus to ask. Would you ask someone who had been an invalid for 38 years this question?