John 3:1-17, Divine Birth through Faith

[May 31, 2015] Today is Trinity Sunday, which in our current church calendar falls on the Sunday after Pentecost. Jesus, having suffered and risen from the dead, ascended to “the right hand of the Father” and poured out the power of the Holy Spirit on his qahal, those in Israel who had gathered . . . → Read More: John 3:1-17, Divine Birth through Faith

John 3:1-17, Birth from Above

[March 16, 2014] Yesterday I did the funeral for a dear friend, Marian Parnow, born in 1919. “As for a human person—her days are like grass, she blooms like the wild flower; as soon as the wind blows she is gone, never to be seen there again. But YHWH’s faithful love for . . . → Read More: John 3:1-17, Birth from Above

John 9:1-17, The Gift of Sight to the Believer

[September 18, 2011] This week we come to the crowning miracle of the Feast of Tabernacles, which began in chapter 7. There we began with the hiddenness of Jesus during Israel’s wilderness sojourn (the present day) and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon those who believe. As in the parallel story in . . . → Read More: John 9:1-17, The Gift of Sight to the Believer

John 8:21-47, Human Blindness to the Divine Presence

John 8:21-47, Human Blindness to the Divine Presence

[September 11, 2011] Last week we saw that when Jesus announced, “I am the Light of the world,” He was showing how He fulfilled an aspect of the Feast of Tabernacles. During the Feast of Tabernacles, the Temple was illuminated to celebrate the . . . → Read More: John 8:21-47, Human Blindness to the Divine Presence

John 2:23—3:21, The New Birth

[February 6, 2011] We come now to the first teaching chapter in the Gospel according to John. In the front to back correspondences of the gospel, it matches the lengthy and most important teaching section in chapters 13—17, just as the clearing of the Temple corresponds to the arrest, trial and crucifixion of . . . → Read More: John 2:23—3:21, The New Birth