Jesus fashioned a whip of cords and drove the money changers out of the temple because they had made his Father’s house just an ordinary place of business (John 2:16).
Something interesting happened with the Lord’s disciples. These Galileans remembered King David had written, “For zeal for your house has consumed me, and the reproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me” (Psalm 69:9 NASB). The disciples applied this verse King David had written of the Christ directly to Jesus. Continue reading “Attitude”
“…Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth” (Luke 11:2, KJV)
Jesus taught his disciples to pray, “Thy will be done.” In doing so, they would repeatedly impress their minds with the goodness of God (Romans 8:31). There are those who may not need this reminder, but many saints do. Continue reading “The shadows of political theater”
After Jesus’ resurrection and appearances during the week following his crucifixion, the disciples did as he had instructed and went back to Galilee. While waiting, Peter decided to go fishing. Continue reading “Do you love me?”
There’s nothing worse than being alone. Spiritually, being alone means barrenness.
When Jesus spoke about his death, about himself, what he said also applies to his followers. Continue reading “The good death”
The village of Nain was about six miles southeast of Nazareth. Its name meant “pleasant,” probably for the view afforded from its 1,690 ft. height. From the view, it is said one could see snow-capped Mt. Hermon.
As the Lord Jesus was traveling with a large crowd toward the city, he came upon the funeral procession of a young man. His mother, a widow, was following the bier, weeping.
What comes next is one of the most beautiful passages in the Bible. Continue reading “Think of the widow”
“I give you a new commandment – to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. Everyone will know by this that you are my disciples – if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35 NET).
Just after Jesus finished washing the feet of his disciples (John 13:1-17) and Judas had departed (John 13:18-33), Jesus began to give his final instructions to the men who had been with him for so long. Jesus loved these men (John 13:1) and he wanted to prepare them for what was about to happen (John 13:33). Continue reading “Love one another”
In John 11:35 we find the shortest verse in our English translations: “Jesus wept.” Although a short verse, these two words tell us about who Jesus was and the love he has for people.
Earlier in this chapter, Jesus received word that his friend Lazarus was very ill. “So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, ‘Lord, look, the one you love is sick.’ When Jesus heard this, he said, ‘This sickness will not lead to death, but to God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.’ (Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.) So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he remained in the place where he was for two more days” (John 11:3-6 NET). Continue reading “Jesus wept”
The incident of the woman caught in the act of adultery, found in our Bibles at the beginning of John 8, has been questioned by Bible scholars as to whether this was originally part of John’s gospel. It is not the scope of this article to evaluate the arguments for and against, but this writer does believe that this is a real incident in the life of Jesus. Continue reading “Go and sin no more”
“O LORD, do save, we beseech You; O LORD, we beseech You, do send prosperity! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the LORD; We have blessed you from the house of the LORD” (Psalm 118:25-26 NASB).
The words of Psalm 118 are important because they are almost word-for-word what the Jews in Jerusalem said to Jesus only short days before his crucifixion.
More than 100 years before Jesus was honored as a conquering king, the Jews greeted Simon Maccabaeus in an almost identical fashion, waving palm and willow branches crediting him with saving their nation.
Days later, however, the crowd’s voice changed. Instead of proclaiming his innocence before Pilate, they cried, “Crucify him!” (Matthew 27:22). The change in the crowd is odd for more reasons than the obvious. Continue reading “His blood be upon us”
Jesus was travelling through Samaria with his disciples. While his disciples went into the city to buy something to eat, Jesus sat down at the well. A woman came to draw water.
Jesus surprised the woman by asking her for something to drink. This was surprising to the woman for two reasons. First, this man was speaking to her, a woman, in public – that just wasn’t done. And secondly, this man was a Jew and she was a Samaritan – Jews did not have time for Samaritans. So she asked him, “How can you – a Jew – ask me, a Samaritan woman, for water to drink?” (John 4:9 NET). Continue reading “Who is this man?”