Monthly Archives: March 2015

Mar. 18- John 18

Pilate was not a Jew.  But it is interesting, he listened more intently to what Jesus had to say than the Jewish leaders.  Whether he bought into what Jesus had to say or not, at least he listened.  In contrast … Continue reading

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Mar. 17- John 17

“15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.”  As I have said many times when we become Christians God does not make our lives rose gardens.  Rather … Continue reading

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Mar. 16- John 16

I had never remembered Jesus likening his death and resurrection to childbirth.  I remembering him likening the end times to childbirth, but not his death and resurrection.  But if you think of the agony and anguish the disciples experienced in … Continue reading

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Mar. 15- John 15

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit.”  The idea that God cuts off every branch that is in Jesus that doesn’t bear fruit is a scary thought to … Continue reading

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Mar. 14- John 14

I think it is interesting that Jesus senses the disciples are struggling with all that is going on, without them having said anything to him.  All of chapter 14 is predicated on Jesus trying to comfort the disciples.  Jesus operates … Continue reading

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Mar. 13- John 13

This morning when I read this I was struck by the intimacy of the whole experience of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet.  I was a truly intimate, solemn moment.  It is these types of moments during a small group or … Continue reading

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Mar. 12- John 12

When people become desperate they think and do irrational things.  This is the first time I remember reading the Pharisees wanted to kill Lazarus.  The fact the Pharisees were plotting to kill Lazarus as well as Jesus seems to be a … Continue reading

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Mar. 11- John 11

John writes, “Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.  So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days.”  John seems to imply because Jesus loved Lazarus and his family, Jesus delayed going … Continue reading

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Mar. 10- John 10

In Jesus’ parable of the sheep and the good shepherd, I am sure the Pharisees had no idea Jesus was talking about them when he said, “But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from … Continue reading

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Mar. 09- John 9

Disbelief is a funny thing.  You can hear the truth over and over again, but if you are set in disbelief truth falls on deaf ears.  Such was the case of the blind man trying to explain to the Pharisees … Continue reading

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