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

Matthew 28:16-20, Faith in the Triune God

[June 15, 2014] Today being Trinity Sunday, I want to focus on one clause in the so-called Great Commission. Matthew’s entire gospel was designed to come to a head at this particular point. From these words we can see what Matthew was up to all along: he was providing a basis and instruction . . . → Read More: Matthew 28:16-20, Faith in the Triune God

John 14:1-14, The Father’s House

[May 18, 2014] This is the fifth Sunday of Easter and today the text comes from the long discourse that Jesus gave in the Gospel according to John at the Last Supper on the night of his arrest. It takes the place of the Eucharistic meal of the Passover Seder which is narrated . . . → Read More: John 14:1-14, The Father’s House

Matthew 3:13-17, The Baptism of Jesus

[January 12, 2014] The Christmas season ended last Sunday and Epiphany began the following day. The first Sunday of Epiphany is when we remember the baptism of Jesus. Jesus’ life is marked by some key events: his conception and birth, his baptism, his transfiguration, and his death, resurrection and ascension. (His transfiguration, though, is not . . . → Read More: Matthew 3:13-17, The Baptism of Jesus

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 17:14-26, The Lord’s Prayer for Our Sanctification and Glorification

[November 20, 2011] Today is Christ the King Sunday. I refer to it as Christ the Victor Sunday. It is the last Sunday of the church year, so it is appropriate that we celebrate His victory. He was crowned on His ascension, but crowned so that He might put all His enemies under . . . → Read More: John 17:14-26, The Lord’s Prayer for Our Sanctification and Glorification

John 5:1-30, Authority to Give Life to the Dead

[July 10, 2011] In today’s reading the Gospel according to John leaves the Cana sequence behind and Jesus returns to Judea where His own do not receive Him, for “a prophet has no honor in his own country” (John 1:11; 4:43-44). He goes to Jerusalem for a feast (the Byzantine text reads, “the . . . → Read More: John 5:1-30, Authority to Give Life to the Dead

John 16:5-15, The Spirit’s Convicting and Revealing

[June 19, 2011] Today is Trinity Sunday, which, following Pentecost, when the Spirit was given for the work of bearing witness to Christ in the world, directs us to the name into which we baptize, and thus the beginning of the Christian life. The passage under our view today is especially apropos for . . . → Read More: John 16:5-15, The Spirit’s Convicting and Revealing