Red sky at night, shepherds delight…

Most of the family holidays we took as our children were growing up were camping holidays – we had a tent big enough for the family and off we would go to see some new area of Scotland or England, and occasionally Wales.

One summer we went to Ireland. Our children were in their teens and it had been a particularly wet week. They had been wanting to go to the beach and we were camping within easy reach of several nice sheltered beaches. (Keep in mind that the north Atlantic feels like it has ice in it in the middle of summer!) Continue reading “Red sky at night, shepherds delight…”

Jesus, the Son of God

“Now because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began persecuting him. So he told them, ‘My Father is working until now, and I too am working.’ For this reason the Jewish leaders were trying even harder to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was also calling God his own Father, thus making himself equal with God” (John 5:16-18 NET).

Jesus was in Jerusalem because of a “feast of the Jews” (John 5:1). Although which feast is not specified in the text, most scholars take this to be Passover. If this is true, one year had now passed since the first Passover recorded in John 2, when Jesus cleared the temple. He would have two more Passovers, two more years, before his crucifixion. While in Jerusalem, Jesus did two things which angered the Jewish leaders. Continue reading “Jesus, the Son of God”

Tell no one until…

After witnessing the Transfiguration of Jesus on the mountain, the Lord commanded his three disciples not to tell anyone what they had seen until after he had been resurrected from the dead (Matthew 17:9 NASB).

Jesus had commanded his disciples to be silent on other occasions (e.g. Matthew 8:4; 9:30; 12:16; and 16:20). Jesus’ reason for this was most probably because of the tendency some people had (and still have) for jumping to an incorrect conclusion. Continue reading “Tell no one until…”