“Now a certain leader asked him, ‘Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: “Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.”’ The man replied, ‘I have wholeheartedly obeyed all these laws since my youth.’” (Luke 18:18-21 NET)
Most people that I know want the best out of life and to have the best life possible. The man Jesus was talking with wanted this. From what we can see he was living a good life. He was a Jew, one of God’s chosen people, and he was faithfully, wholeheartedly, following God’s commands. But he was missing something. “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” he asked Jesus. Continue reading “Trust in God or what we have?”
“As he was walking by the Sea of Galilee he saw two brothers, Simon (called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea (for they were fishermen). He said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will turn you into fishers of people!’ They left their nets immediately and followed him. Going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and his brother John, in a boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. Then he called them. They immediately left the boat and their father and followed him.” (Matthew 4:18-22 NET)
Fishermen. Peter, Andrew, James and John were fishermen. They lived by a large lake that we call the Sea of Galilee (the lowest freshwater lake in the world). These four fishermen were from the town of Capernaum, on the northern coast of the lake. Continue reading “Are we willing to follow Jesus?”
“Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught” (Luke 5:4)
A preacher placed a small, empty cardboard box on the floor. He said, “I believe with all my heart this box will hold my weight.” Then he raised his leg and began to stand upon the box – which immediately began to collapse. He said, “You see, it doesn’t matter what I believe, if my faith is misplaced. People place a great deal of faith in all kinds of things, but that doesn’t mean those things have any substance. The only thing that matters is the strength of the object in which I place my faith.” Continue reading “Sinking boats and broken nets: 4 things you should know about faith”
A popular trend in recent years has been the marketing of the moniker “WWJD” (for “What Would Jesus Do?”) on bracelets, T-shirts and so on. Certainly compared to some of the sentiments one sees on T-shirts these days, this is an appropriate slogan, and an excellent question to ask.
But following Jesus is about more than wearing a WWJD bracelet. Continue reading “So what did Jesus do?”
The number three is interesting in scripture.
The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are three persons, but one in purpose. Peter denied the Lord three times (Matthew 26:72ff). The Lord asked Peter if he loved him three times (John 21:15ff). The Lord foretold he would stay in the grave three days (Matthew 12:40). There are others.
There is another series of three in the book of Mark. It was a series of three things that happened in three chapters and it followed a pattern. Continue reading “The Servant of all”