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Today our reading is John 7. Before you begin, know that it is a dialogue between Jesus and different groups of people. Identify these groups as you read. Also, note the confusion that swirls around in this chapter. The dialogue takes place during the Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem. Let me share a little background about that particular feast before you read the chapter so that you can place yourself in the scene.
Feast of Tabernacles (or Booths or Ingathering) was one of the three pilgrimage feasts on the Jewish calendar. That means that males 19 and older, living within a More >
In Matthew 20:23, Jesus replies to James and John, “You will indeed drink My cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with; but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared by My Father.”
There is a cost to follow after Jesus. Salvation is free but being a disciple of Jesus has its cost; sometimes that cost may even be our lives here on earth. It may sound a bit scary but we must always remember that He who freely offers salvation More >
In Matthew 26:67, the people spit in Jesus face and beat Him with their fists and others slapped Him.
Spitting in someone’s face is the most disrespectful act one human being can do to another. This must have been one of the biggest test Jesus faced up to this point. The Creator of Heaven and Earth to be spit in the face by his own creation; that is very degrading. If there was any reason to give up on mankind and let man die in his own sin, this was the perfect time. However, Jesus endured humiliation. He allowed the spit More >
Matthew 20:24 tells us when the ten other disciples heard the conversation between Jesus, James, and John, they were greatly displeased with the two brothers.
Nobody likes a show-off, someone who acts very pious or as they are on a higher spiritual level than another person. We fail to realize there are only two levels. Spirit and Flesh. We can choose to walk with God or we can choose to walk with the devil. Our flesh screams at us to be in first place while the living in the Spirit always reminds us we are always first when we place ourselves last. Imagine that: our whole lives More >
Philippians 4: 10 – 20
continued from Lesson 7, Post 3
I see another thing in these verses that helps us with the heart disease of discontent. Paul commended the Philippian believers for being generous toward him. He wanted them to know that he did not “need” their gifts, but he was grateful to them for the gifts. What I find most interesting is the reason why Paul was grateful – and it had nothing to do with him.
He loved these people. He loved that church. And Paul knew that being generous was good tonic for their own hearts. He knew that More >
Paul closes his letter with “greetings” to his friends in the Lord. (Philippians 4:21)
I don’t want us to blow past that word too fast. Most of us only know our own culture and language and it shapes the way we read and think. Now for us … the word “greet” often means no more than to speak to. In fact, can you follow this scenario?
Person 1: Hello. How are you? Person 2: Fine, thank you. And you? Person 1: Just fine.
And that is called a greeting.
The Greek word that Paul uses is aspazomai. It means more than we More >
In Matthew 26:66, The people respond, “He (Jesus) deserves death!” for His claim of being the Christ.
Today, people still vender a guilty verdict and demand the death penalty for Jesus. It is amazing how a man who walked around healing people, feeding people, caring for people and giving them hope is continually being sentenced to death. People hate Jesus. They have no reason for it other than their live are controlled by everything he preaches against. It is a serious addiction to evil and wickedness. Jesus says to give but their hearts want to take. Jesus says love but their More >
In Matthew 20:25, Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them.”
There goes Jesus, the Prince of Peace, bring peace to a confrontation as He always does. Just as Jesus called the disciples to Himself, He also calls us to Him. Jesus told them, as well as He tells us, not to live like the rest of the world. If you look at any country, whether dictatorship or democracy, there is one man exalted above everyone else. It is also the same way in most More >
John 1:43 NASB
The next day Jesus purposed to go into Galilee, and He found Philip. And Jesus said to him, “Follow Me.”
Many people use the phrase, “I found Jesus,” or “I found God.” While it is understandable, it is not necessarily accurate. As we see here, Jesus purposely finds us. He purposed to go to Galilee in order to find Philip and tell him to follow Him. God has revealed Himself to us through the person of Jesus Christ. It always seems to us as we found Him because of the amazing revelation that comes to our hearts and minds More >
In Matthew 20:27, Jesus continues to say, “and whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave.”
My cousin has a song called “Stay in the Race.” He speaks about the race of life not being about first or last, but more about finishing the race. Everyone starts off in the race of life but in this race, only those who simply trusted in Christ actually finish the race. Only by the grace of God are we capable of enduring to the end. It doesn’t have anything to do with how strong we think we are. It is More >