Lent day 34 – John 12 – Who is this Jesus?
April 3, 2020
Where in the Word are you today? I’m in John 12 where, following the anointing of Jesus at Bethany he enters Jerusalem, hailed as the messianic king of the Jews. Less than a week later similar crowds will call for his crucifixion. The narrative is going to move at a brisk pace but there’s something […]
Lent day 33 – John 11 – Backing up words with action
April 2, 2020
Where in the Word are you today? I’m in John chapter 11. Whatever else Jesus claims to be, the claim to be the resurrection and the life in the face of the death of Lazarus is either the ultimate truth or the ultimate lie. But Jesus backs up the claim by raising Lazarus from the […]
Lent day 32 – John 10 – Reconciling the Irreconcilable
April 1, 2020
Where in the Word are you today? I’m in John 10 where we encounter Jesus as both the gate of the sheepfold and the good shepherd of the sheep. In verse 10 Jesus says, “The thief comes to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to […]
Lent day 31 – John 9 – Believing is Seeing
March 31, 2020
Where in the Word are you today? I’m in John chapter 9 – and it’s all about faith: those who put their faith in Jesus and those who do not. There is no middle ground. You either see with the man born blind or, like the Pharisees, you are blind guide. You might read this […]
Lent day 30 – John 8 – Who do you think you are?
March 30, 2020
Where in the Word are you today? I’m in John 8 which might well be titled “Who’s your daddy?” John 8 should be read in conversation with John 14 and Romans 6-7. Jesus is differentiating between a living relationship with the Father and the religion that has developed under the Jews over millennia. It all […]
Lent day 27 – John 5 – Evidence enough or never enough evidence?
March 27, 2020
Where in the Word are you today? I’m in John chapter 5. A lot happens here and it’s tempting to linger on the healing of the man at the pool of Bethseda but Jesus’ teaching in this chapter about his identification with the Father, his work on the Father’s behalf and the evidence we have […]
Lent day 26 – John 4 – Ready or Not, Jesus is Lord
March 26, 2020
Where in the Word are you today? I’m in John chapter 4. Jesus goes out of his way to keep an appointment with a Samaritan woman at a well only God could have set. And Jesus reveals to this most unlikely of candidates that He is the promised Messiah. The woman runs back into town […]
Lent day 25 – John 3 – are you still blown away by the Gospel?
March 25, 2020
Where in the Word are you today? I’m in John 3 and there’s a verse in here you know by heart. If I were to start “For God so loved the world,” you’d likely be able to finish it – “that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him, would not perish […]
Lent day 24 – John 2 – how we re-present God to the world matters
March 24, 2020
Where in the Word are you today? I’m in John, chapter 2, where I realize we are glimpsing the glory of God in the face of Jesus. We witness here the first of several signs or miracles of Jesus recorded in the fourth Gospel. And what is the first miracle John records? Jesus turning […]
Lent day 23, John 1, The Word
March 23, 2020
Where in the Word are you today? I’m in John, chapter 1. If you really want to get to know someone you need to know their back story – where they came from, what makes them who they are today. To help us know Jesus, John’s Gospel starts in the beginning – when the Word […]