Archive for the ‘First Person Story’ Category

John 7:40-53 Not You Too!

What did you expect us to do?

Jesus’ words from our reading yesterday are causing quite a stir! The crowd and even to officers who came to arrest Jesus are considering His words. But some of them have a few doubts remaining.

Two of the biggest issues raised are Jesus’ lineage (again) and His home town. The Jews don’t go around with “name tags” on their robes saying what their family line is or where they come from, but some of their mannerisms are dead giveaways. There also seems to be differences in speech patterns and dialects from region to region. That speech pattern was distinguishable in several stories throughout the gospels. Read more »

John 4:46-54 And He Believed

The love of a father knows no bounds

Jesus has just come back from Jerusalem and is in Cana. John tells us this visit would involve only the second miracle Jesus did in this region. It wasn’t Jesus second miracle in total though. He was very busy previously in Jerusalem. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that He performed a few miracles while He was in Samaria, on the way, too.

In our story we meet an official from Capernaum. As soon as he hears that Jesus is in the he sets out to find Him. This father is desperate! His son is “at the point of death” (verse 47). I was curious to see how far he had to travel to get to Jesus so I googled it. In today’s modern Israel the two cities have merged and google says that it is 0 miles between them. But in Jesus’ day it was a 16 mile journey to get from one to the other. About a day’s journey. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that this father made it in record time! Even with his hurry, he still needed to get Jesus back to his house before his son died. When he met Jesus I imagine he was nearly beside himself with worry. Read more »

John 4:1-45 No Worthless Lives

He met her need by sharing His need.

I started to write about this story last night but I got so wrapped up in looking for the book I read on this woman’s life that I exhausted my time. I KNOW I have it on my Kindle but can’t find it. I would love to recommend it for anyone interested. If I finally find it I will update this post.

So our story tonight is an intimate meeting with Jesus and a woman who felt less than worthy. She was humbled by her circumstances in life to the point that she even went about her daily duties in as much solitude as possible. This was a crushed woman, but Jesus used her to reach her whole town. Read more »

John 3:16-21 God’s Love

Now do you understand?

We are going to pick back up where we left off yesterday with Jesus and Nicodemus. Jesus is about to share the most amazing news with Nicodemus. It will rock his world and change him forever. It will do the same for each of us, if we will let it. I want to jump straight back into the story, then share a couple of points I find compelling.

When we left yesterday Jesus, His disciples and Nicodemus were in the garden of a home just outside the city. Nicodemus came seeking answers from Jesus. So far the answers Jesus has given him have been a little on the confusing side. The first of these being the need to be “born again.” Jesus is now going to shed some much needed light on His statements.

Nicodemus is contemplating Jesus’ statement about being “lifted up” and about believing in Him bringing eternal life. This is exactly what Nicodemus was hoping to learn about. But he still isn’t grasping Jesus’ meaning. He is just about to ask a question when Jesus starts speaking again. Read more »

John 3:1-15 Nicodemus’ Question

Seeing the truth is not always easy

We are coming to probably one of the best known verses in scripture. We stop just short in our study today because that section gets a bit of special attention. Today we join Jesus, His disciples and Nicodemus.

Nicodemus is a slightly brave man. He is a member of the Jewish ruling council. I believe he was part of the Sanhedrin, the group that condemned Jesus to death. Nicodemus didn’t vote their way through, but that will come much later. Today, Nicodemus can’t take it any longer! He needs to know more about Jesus, but he is concerned about his reputation and status within the council. He can’t be seen openly seeking Jesus out for true understanding. He could easily have come along any one of the times the religious leaders tried to entrap Him. But that is not what Nicodemus is wanting to do. Read more »