Today’s teaching from the Word is simple: Who is Jesus? What does He claim to be and to do? What is His relationship to His sheep, and theirs to Him? And because of Who He is, His sheep, being secure in Him, have true and knowable moral duties and prohibitions.
Do you have a favorite food? In our passage Jesus, the Good Shepherd, who wants his blessed lambs to be well fed and to grow, presents Himself as the most essential staple for life. For real spiritual life that goes on, never dies, and into eternity. Only the Living God gives eternal life. Jesus is […]
John 4:7-14, Revelation 22:1-6 Jesus told the Samaritan woman at the well that if she truly understood who He was, to receive Him as such, that He would graciously gift her, “living waters”, with no effort on her part. The free gift was unlike the water she had to labor hard for every day. Jesus […]
John 17:20-26 The conclusion of our Savior’s great, High Priestly prayer turns its full intent, ministry and benefit to the believers who would come to know and believe in Him through the word of the apostles! Jesus mission would succeed: He would die and be raised. He would send out the Holy Spirit. The apostles […]
John 17:17-19 Sanctification, unity of faith and practice (one-ness of believers), and glorification of the believer are one sweep of the Master Artist’s brush on the canvas of spiritual life. They are each distinct colors in themselves, but none complete by themselves. Each is also a color that blends in the arc of the Master’s […]
John 17:11-16 Jesus here prays for his disciples, because he is going to the cross, the grave and the resurrection. That leaves them in the world, physically alone and vulnerable. Jesus has protected them from the ravages of the world, and kept them loyal to the Father while he was here. What bad things will […]
John 17:6-11 Have you ever paused to consider the ground you’re standing on? Ever been on or fallen from a shaky perch like a ladder or roof, or walked on a crumbly path or slippery mud or ice? In reference to the Christian faith and your place in it, what solid reason, what warrant do […]
John 17:6 Today we need to begin at the end. Why? Because our next verse, v6, points to something so profound and deeply touching, and which burns so divinely hot, that to even begin to let it sizzle into our hearts and souls and warm us down to our toes, to have any hope of […]