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 3:14-21, Jesus and Faith in Him

[March 15, 2015] As the week of the Passion approaches, what we call Holy Week, that begins with Palm Sunday (Jesus’ public arrival at Jerusalem for the celebration of Passover) and moves on to Maundy Thursday (the night of the Last Supper and Jesus’ betrayal and arrest) and Good Friday (the day of . . . → Read More: John 3:14-21, Jesus and Faith in Him

Matthew 25:31-46, The Judgment of the Gentiles

[December 18, 2011] We come to the last of the parables of the Lord’s judgment when He comes, the well-known parable of separating the sheep from the goats. I cannot think of a more commonly misunderstood parable. In 24:29-31 Jesus speaks of the turning and gathering of the tribes of Israel from the . . . → Read More: Matthew 25:31-46, The Judgment of the Gentiles

John 17:1-13, Jesus’ Prayer for Release

[November 13, 2011] We are almost at the end of our meditation on the Gospel according to John. This week and the following, we will reflect on the meaning of chapter 17, the prayer that concludes the Last Supper which began with the foot-washing in chapter 13. The Gospel according to John replaces . . . → Read More: John 17:1-13, Jesus’ Prayer for Release

John 11:1-21, The Unexpected Basis of the Little Flock

[October 9, 2011] Today we come to the story of the raising of Lazarus just two miles from the gates of Jerusalem. It is the crowning sign before the Lord’s “hour” has come, demonstrating the life-giving power of His word, signifying and signaling His own resurrection, and becoming grounds for the enmity of . . . → Read More: John 11:1-21, The Unexpected Basis of the Little Flock

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 21:1-14, The Expansion of the Lord’s Life

[May 8, 2011] Last Sunday we saw that the resurrected Jesus has become the indwelling Spirit for His believers. When He breathed into the disciples the Holy Spirit, He breathed Himself into them. He now dwells in them. (The Son and the Holy Spirit are distinct “Persons” in the Trinity but Each Person . . . → Read More: John 21:1-14, The Expansion of the Lord’s Life

John 10:22-42, “The Work for Which You Are Stoning Me”

[February 27, 2011] Next Sunday we will celebrate the Transfiguration of Christ, which ends the season of Epiphany. When we remember Jesus in the synoptic gospels, the season of Epiphany travels from the epiphany (“manifestation”) of the voice from heaven at the baptism of our Lord to the epiphany of the voice from . . . → Read More: John 10:22-42, “The Work for Which You Are Stoning Me”