John 20:19-31, Jesus Was Already There

[April 12, 2015; the Second Sunday of Easter] I have merely an hour to reflect on this, not having slept at all last night, so I ask in advance for your pardon with respect to its shallowness.

In verse 17 of chapter 20 in John’s gospel the resurrected Jesus told Mary . . . → Read More: John 20:19-31, Jesus Was Already There

Luke 24:13-35, On the Road to Emmaus

[May 4, 2014] This Sunday the Gospel text is from the resurrection account of Luke: of when Jesus caught up with two people walking on the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus and kept his identity veiled from them until, invited to their dwelling, he broke the bread at the meal and offered the . . . → Read More: Luke 24:13-35, On the Road to Emmaus

Luke 24:36-53, The Easter Ascension and Commission

[May 12, 2013] Today, being the Sunday after the Ascension, we read the end of the Gospel according to Luke which both concludes Luke’s gospel and anticipates his Acts of the Apostles. At this point in Luke’s resurrection account Jesus has only appeared to Peter and the two people on the road . . . → Read More: Luke 24:36-53, The Easter Ascension and Commission

Luke 23:56b—24:12, Resurrection of the Sent One

[March 31, 2013] Easter Sunday. Luke’s account of Jesus’ death is noticeably different than that of Matthew, Mark and John. When they were crucifying Him, Jesus prays, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” There is that exchange between the two men who were crucified with Him . . . → Read More: Luke 23:56b—24:12, Resurrection of the Sent One

Matthew 28:2-20, The Beginning

Recapitulation and Fulfillment

[April 8, 2012] Today we come to the last chapter of the Gospel according to Matthew. It is the conclusion not only of the passion account that began in chapter 26 but of the entire gospel. In no way is it an appendix. It is momentous; it is that . . . → Read More: Matthew 28:2-20, The Beginning

John 16:16-33, The Newborn Child of the Resurrection

[June 26, 2011] Chapters 14—16, of the Gospel according to John, framed by chapters 13 and 17, is the interpretation of the cross and resurrection that follows. In chapter 14 we saw that by our Lord passing through death and resurrection, He would be able to release the Holy Spirit into His believers . . . → Read More: John 16:16-33, The Newborn Child of the Resurrection

John 14:21-31, The Abode of Peace

[May 29, 2011] Today we continue where we left off in chapter 14. Last time we saw that it was clear that Jesus was not talking about His going away for the duration of the church age and coming again at His Second Advent; rather, He was clearly talking about His going away . . . → Read More: John 14:21-31, The Abode of Peace

John 20:1-18, The Firstborn of All Creation

To see the resurrection of Christ in terms of the birthing of the divine nature in our own humanity and as the nuptial reunion and fulfillment of the divine “face” and our own. . . . → Read More: John 20:1-18, The Firstborn of All Creation