Archive for July 15, 2012
Let’s finish John 13 today. Read John 13: 18 – 38.
I am amazed by the way Jesus treated Judas. And we see Him trying to break through Judas’ cold heart in this passage. Jesus loved Judas. There is no greater test of agape love than the way you treat your enemies.
Picture this scene … the disciples gathered around a meal together. William Barclay describes the custom of the day.
The Jews did not sit at table; they reclined. The table was a low solid block, with couches round it. It was shaped like a U and the place of the host More >
Today we are considering one of the precious pictures in Christianity … a well known event to those who have experience with church and Bible study. If you are new to scripture … prepare to be amazed! It is remarkable in its simplicity … and remarkable in its profundity!
Read John 13: 1 – 17.
Some observations …
First, look again at verse 1. “Having loved His own who were in the world, He now showed them the full extent of His love.” Love behaves. Love does something. Yes, it is a choice … and, yes, there can be deep emotion. But More >
Keep the altar of private prayer burning. This is the very life of all piety. The sanctuary and family altars borrow their fires here, therefore let this burn well. Secret devotion is the very essence, evidence, and barometer, of vital and experimental religion.
Burn here the fat of your sacrifices. Let your closet seasons be, if possible, regular, frequent, and undisturbed. Effectual prayer availeth much. Have you nothing to pray for? Let us suggest the Church, the ministry, your own soul, your children, your relations, your neighbours, your country, and the cause of God and truth throughout the world. Let More >