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John 1:35-42 As He Walked By

We wait on HIS time

We get to hear about Jesus’ first disciples. We learn the name of one but are not told anything about the second except that he was there too. I wonder who it was. Did this disciple become one of Jesus’ inner twelve? Did he stay with Jesus or later return to John? Just my curiosity getting the best of me.

I’m going to assume these two disciples were not with John the Baptist the previous day when he pointed out Jesus. During that identification John gave a LOT more detail about how the truth was revealed to him. Today he makes a simple but life altering statement; “Behold, the Lamb of God!” (verse 36).

I’m going to make a second assumption and say that John had used this phrase before in the presence of these two disciples and they understood the importance behind this statement. Read more »

John 1:19-29 Who Are You?

I am me, who are you?

We get to hear who John the Baptist says he is. In yesterday’s reading we heard one of John the Baptist’s comments about Jesus; “He who comes after me ranks before me, because He was before me” (verse 15). This identified Jesus as present in the beginning but now appearing in the flesh. Jesus is ready to take the scene and John is wetting the people’s appetite.

Today John the Baptist is approached by a group who was sent by the religious leaders. Their mission was to find out who John the Baptist really was. They had some ideas but they wanted him to confirm or deny them. Read more »

John 1:9-14 Jesus’ Intro Continued

Enough to go around

John continues to introduce us to Jesus, the Light of the world. He is also simultaneously introducing us to John the Baptist’s witness of Jesus’ purpose. I’m going to continue in my previous pattern of breaking the two pieces apart. I also want to back up one verse and re-examine verse 9 with today’s story in mind.

“Get ready because something spectacular is about to happen! THE Creator of the universe, the One whose heart longs for a relationship with each one of you, is about to step out from behind that curtain.” The curtain opens and we see an ordinary looking Man standing there. He isn’t dressed as a king. He has nothing outwardly special to distinguish Him from any other man on earth. Read more »

Luke 24:36-43 Surprise Visit

What’s for dinner?

We left off yesterday where Cleopas and his companion were telling the other disciples about their walk with Jesus. They were also hearing about Jesus’ visit with Peter. I can hear the women on the side saying, “We told you so!” Right in the middle of this discussion Jesus Himself appears! Let’s pop in beside Him and observe the reaction.

Cleopas and Micah (the name I chose for the second disciple on the road to Emmaus) are surrounded by the rest of Jesus followers. When they had first arrived they joined the group surrounding Peter. He was telling the group of his encounter with Jesus. Peter knew it was Jesus he had met but he was still wondering if it was a dream or a vision. Whatever it was, Jesus had told Peter that He forgave him. Peter still hasn’t forgiven himself so he wonders if maybe his mind was playing a trick on him instead. After all he promised Jesus, how could He so easily forgive him? Read more »

Luke 15:11-32 Homecoming; Faithful Son

But what about me?

But what about me?

Today we are going to walk in the shoes of our last character in our story of the prodigal son. Jesus shared this message and we have been taking our time looking at it. We looked at the crowd and why Jesus used this parable, the youngest (prodigal) son, the father, and now the oldest (faithful) son. Just as a reminder I named the prodigal son Levi, the father James and the faithful son Philip. I also want to remind you that there will be VERY familiar scenes throughout the stories as some scenes involve more than one character. Feel free to skip ahead if you feel like it. Let’s see where Philip takes us.

Philip and Cassandra have been married for five years. After trying for many years, they are finally expecting their first baby. Cassandra was afraid she would never be blessed with a child, but now she is grateful that God waited. They had time to build their own home and deepen their relationship. She knows they are ready for this new adventure as husband and wife. Read more »