The Son of Man Must Be Lifted Up

John 3:14-15 “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.” Jesus is referring here to a peculiar episode which took place during the time when Moses and the Israelites were traveling en route to […]

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The One Who Came From Heaven

John 3:9-13 “No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man” “How can these things be?” Nicodemus asked, still perplexed by Jesus’s assertion that no one could see the kingdom of God unless they were “born again.”  Jesus responded, “You are Israel’s teacher and do you not understand […]

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You Must Be Born Again

John 3:1-8 “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” In the next few posts, we will examine some of the things Jesus said during a private conversation which took place between him and a Pharisee named Nicodemus, who was one of the members of the […]

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Destroy This Temple

John 2:18-22 “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” This was the week before Passover, and Jesus, in a flurry of zeal, had just purged all of the money changers and livestock merchants from the temple courts. Many of the local Jews were very surprised and upset by this. They wanted […]

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My Father’s House

John 2:13-17 “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!” The story of Jesus clearing the money changers out of the temple is well known. It has been the subject of numerous works of art, ranging from classic works to modern memes and, because of its inherent drama, the scene is […]

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The Year of The Lord’s Favor

Luke 4:16-21 “He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” In his sermon to the congregation at Nazareth, Jesus began by taking up the scroll of the prophet Isaiah and reading: “The Spirit […]

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Fill The Jars With Water

John 2:1-11 “Fill the jars with water” John’s account of the miracle of water turned to wine is so delightful and simple that I thought it best to include it in its entirety, though it will make up half of today’s post: On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ […]

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My Hour Has Not Yet Come

John 2:1-11 “Woman, why do you involve me? My hour has not yet come.” The very first public miracle that Jesus performed was turning water into wine. This took place at a wedding in the small town of Cana in Galilee. Given the apparent involvement of Jesus’ mother with the proceedings, and the fact that […]

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