“my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink” (John 6:55)
Jesus’ discourse in John 6 about eating his flesh and drinking his blood is surely one of the strangest of his sayings. The content was so offensive to some that they turned away from him, never to return (John 6:66). All these years later we can probably appreciate Jesus’ metaphor better than the original hearers did.
Of course, the meaning of the saying is important: “unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you” (John 6:53). It is indeed a metaphor and it involves something like, “Take me for what/who I am.” It is also parallel to statements like, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me” (Mt. 11:29). Continue reading “Eat his flesh and drink his blood”
“…everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery” (Matthew 5:32, ESV).
Several days back, my adult son and I had a conversation about marriage (I’m married; he’s not). We shared a common bond, which was that I never had any interest or inclination to get married or have a family (guess who is married and has 6 children?). He was fairly certain that marriage would not be for him, and even more certain that children were not on his radar. As the conversation progressed, I said, “You never know. If the right person comes along, you’ll change your mind.” He strongly disagreed.
Was I right? I’ll give you my conclusion at the end. Continue reading “Axioms and Proverbs”
“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners” (Mark 2:17, ESV) The term “righteous” or “righteousness” is found over 500 times in the Bible, … Continue reading Not the righteous, but sinners
“… first remove the log from your own eye …” (Matthew 7:1-5).
The Sermon on the Mount is meant to draw a contrast between the kingdoms of men and the Kingdom of Christ. Jesus says, “You have heard it said … but I say.” In this text (Matthew 7:1-5), Jesus says, “Here is what some people do; but here is what I want you to do.”
He included a strange, if not humorous, image to get attention and make his point: someone with a log in his eye trying to get a splinter out of someone else’s eye.
We suggest these four thoughts from the text: Continue reading “Logs in our eyes”
“…the night comes…” (John 9:4) Recently, three-time breast cancer warrior, and Atlantic columnist Caitlyn Flanagan, was interviewed by the notable skeptic, Sam Harris, on his podcast, “Making Sense” (this is not an endorsement). During the interview, she mentioned a plane … Continue reading Life is a Death-y Thing
Some of Jesus’ statements are quite attractive: statements like, “God so loved the world…” and “Judge not…” are generally beloved by most people.
His actions draw crowds still today. He called out hypocrites and spent time with outcasts. He upheld the little guy and pulled down the crooked establishment.
But this is where the admiration should end. So Jesus defied some conventions and said some pretty things, does that make him special? Continue reading “That’s crazy talk”
Jesus was urged to stop and eat, to which he replied, “I have food to eat that you do not know about” (John 4:32, NASB).
The disciples were befuddled. One can imagine them scratching their heads, looking around for Jesus’ secret stash of goodies: “No one brought Him anything to eat, did he?” (John 4:33).
Then he said, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work” (John 4:34). Continue reading “Jesus’ Favorite Food”
“He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” (Mark 4:9, ESV)
Hearing is a natural phenomenon. We don’t even have to try. It just – happens.
Yet, the physical act of hearing might as well be a miracle. There are so many things that have to be in place, so many things have to go right for it to happen, that it is a wonder we can hear anything at all. Think of how it works, and all of the things that can go wrong. Continue reading “Can I bend your ear?”
“Blessed are the pure in heart” (Mt. 5:8)
God is unpretentious.
What you see – by faith – is exactly what you get.
From the flaming shrub he said to Moses: “I am who I am.”
What you see? Not what you get. Continue reading “Off with the mask”
“Whoever humbles himself…” (Matthew 18:4). Forget who is greatest in the kingdom of Jesus. Minus humility, no one sets foot in the door (Mt. 5:3). What is humility, besides one of the most difficult words to define? We know humility … Continue reading Whittling away at God