A strong spiritual challenge issued by Jesus against the religious leaders of Jerusalem is the theme of the next section of John chapter 7. Jesus makes the point that obedience is a necessary aspect of learning. The resistance of the scribes and pharisees is ultimately a matter of rebellion, not knowledge. In the same way,… Continue reading The Gospel of John – ”Right Judgement”
On one level, John 7:1-13 functions to set the stage for the rest of chapters 7 & 8. It also reveals to us some wrong views about Jesus that the Jewish people, including Jesus’ own brothers, had about Him. But a careful look at these verses also reveals that Jesus is both Messiah and Lord, which fits… Continue reading The Gospel of John – Trust God’s timing
This section of scripture uncovers the true motivation of the crowd following Jesus: selfishness. This passage is part of a long dialogue where Christ clarifies the meaning of His miracles. Jesus has just explained that He, Himself, is the ''Bread of Life'' which people are meant to seek. In response, the people complain amongst themselves.… Continue reading The Gospel of John – Do not be driven by selfishness
As we continue through Chapter 6 of the Gospel of John, we find that the people are still showing more interest in the spectacle of Jesus miraculous works rather than the message and meaning intended in His works. They are seeking but they do not seek the truth. Follow this series on the Gospel of… Continue reading The Gospel of John – I Am the Bread of Life
This is the by far one my favourite signs and wonders Jesus performs. In this part of John's account of the Gospel, Jesus walks on water, we'll get to the details in a bit. There are similar accounts of this story in the Gospel of Matthew 14:22-33 and Mark 6: 45-52, but it is only… Continue reading The Gospel of John – Walk on Water
I've been there, even tried taking my own life once, thankfully God knew better. The Holy Spirit hit me with a 2x4 to wake my Spirit again. In fact, today I still have moments of severe depression, but each passing day it feels better. It takes time. Be patient. Love what you do, love life,… Continue reading Letter for Depressed Moments
How can we know who we truly are? We have to know what God says about us first! Thankfully, our identity in Christ - that is, who we are as followers of Jesus - can be found rooted in the foundation of Scripture. So many voices compete for our attention. It can be easy to… Continue reading What God says, goes!
One of the wonderful things about the Good News that Jesus Christ brings is that it meets the basic need that all people have. You can be the president of a country, be a well educated person with multiple degrees, or you can be someone in the most remote place on the globe, in the… Continue reading The Gospel of John – Living Water