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The Light of the World
In John 8, Jesus says, “I am the light of the world.” (ref. Jn. 8:12), one of seven such statements Jesus makes concerning Himself in John’s gospel. Earlier, (ref. Jn. 6:35), Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” Each of these statements reveals something about the true identity of Jesus. In (Jn. 8), as Jesus speaks of Himsel...
John (7) begins with the Feast of Tabernacles. This marks a section of John’s gospel around significant meals or feasts and continues through (Jn. 10) with the Feast of Dedication or Hanukkah (ref. Jn. 10:22). From here, John moves to the raising of Lazarus in (Jn. 11). In many ways, the first significant movement of John’s gospel builds to the raising of Lazarus. We are left to consider the pressing question of who Jesus is.
In (Jn. 6), Jesus, while in Capernaum, shares powerful teaching known as the “Bread of Life Discourse.” Jesus, in this teaching, says, “I am the bread of life.” This is the first of seven “I Am” statements Jesus makes in John’s gospel.
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Jesus leaves the region of Galilee and travels up to Jerusalem. There was a pool there known as Bethesda. Here, many sick people, blind, lame, and paralyzed gathered at this pool hoping to be healed. Although this healing, or sign, is an important sign, the account becomes much more about Jesus’ healing on the Sabbath than a man who has been healed.
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Continuing in John’s gospel, we follow two very different conversations. Nicodemus, among the religious elite of his day, and a Samaritan woman, whose life has left her longing to satisfy her thirst. Although these conversations have many different contrasts, John focuses us on the Messiah. In Jesus, we can experience new life from above, and waters springing up to everlasting life. Come and see Jesus as John reveals Him.
Jesus interrupted the activities of the temple. What does John intend for us to see? Jesus is the fulfillment of the temple and sacrificial system and in Jesus heaven and earth come together.
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Water to Wine
The gospel of John, as others have described, is like stepping into an art museum. You can pass by the paintings just noticing them and get an idea of what the artist intends to represent, or you can stand in front of the picture and just get lost as you stare deeply at it. The longer you look, the more detail you begin to see, and you begin to see things you did not notice at first.
We begin an exciting journey through the Gospel of John. Through this gospel, Jesus is revealed as John shares with us the life and ministry of Jesus, the Son of God. In this lesson, a brief introduction of John and the Word who became flesh and dwelt among us.
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Through the Gospel of Mark, there have been ups and downs, twists and turns, in following Jesus’ kingdom message. As His disciples have walked with Him, they have struggled to put all the pieces together. Jesus often said and did the unexpected. In Mark 15, the narrative of Mark’s gospel shifts to the foot of the cross. Jesus is mocked, the Messiah has been led to Golgotha, they have stripped His clothes and beat Him. Hung on the c...
In (Mk. 14), we read of another significant shift in the narrative of Mark's Gospel. From this point, Jesus will not be speaking and teaching publicly. Mark will not record any more miracles. Here is a shift to the final steps in the mission of Jesus, the mission to the cross. Mark 14 is a chapter with so many references to the Old Testament and God's deliverance of Israel from the hand of Egypt. This ba...
The events leading up to (Mark 13) have moved quickly. In Mark 11, Jesus entered Jerusalem, He cleansed the Temple, and His authority has been questioned. Jesus spoke in parable, speaking against the religious leaders, (Mk. 12), and has been tested by the religious leaders as they have asked questions of Jesus trying to trap Him. Moving to the text in Mark 13, I believe it is essential to keep all of these events in our minds to he...
MARK 11:28 (NKJV) “And they said to Him, "By what authority are You doing these things? And who gave You this authority to do these things?"
Although they question Jesus, Jesus turns this question around, "I also will ask you one question; then answer Me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things: The baptism of John—was it from heaven or from men? Answer Me." (Mk. 11:29, 30).
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Through Mark’s gospel one of the themes introduced is the kingdom of God (ref. Mk. 1:1; 14). Part of understanding Mark’s account is understanding the good news of the kingdom: God’s rule and reign on the earth. However, as we move along in the narrative, we begin to see that Jesus’ view and understanding of God’s kingdom is not what many understood or expected God’s kingdom to be. Many had expected God’s Messiah (Jesus) to overthr...
Today Makes A Difference - Today makes a difference! What can we do today that will help us in maintaining and reaching our goal as Christians? How can we run the race faithfully so that we can hear the words "Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.” (ref. Matt. 25: 23).
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In Mark 11, Jesus curses a fig tree. What is this all about and what lessons can we learn from a fig tree?
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In America, we have an economy based on healthy competition. An economy that competes to design, manufacture, and bring to market a better “widget.” If you can get to market a better widget at a more affordable price than your competition, more than likely, you will be successful. How did Jesus understand success? In today’s episode, we consider Mark 9 as Jesus talks to His disciples about success.
The disciples were to hold these things in their hearts until the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. It is the hope for all who are in Christ. The burden of taking up the cross and following after Jesus, setting your desires aside, losing your life for the sake of the gospel. It's a message of sacrifice for the hope of being with Jesus as we see Moses and Elijah standing with Him.Links: simplyrevised Episode N...
Who is Jesus? This is a question many people have asked. As we have studied the Gospel of Mark, we have made mention several times that Jesus is just not what people were expecting. The kingdom of God, the kingdom that Jesus establishes, is not what people were expecting. In fact who Jesus is and what Jesus is doing seems to be completely different from what many expected.
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