John has an agenda, and his agenda is that you would believe in Jesus. That’s why he writes. He wants to initiate faith in Jesus in all who would read or hear his gospel. Toward this end, he structures the narrative of his gospel around seven signs. They are miracles, but John calls them […]Read More In the Beginning
One last thought on Jesus’s first miracle, turning water into wine. Short and sweet, I promise. Jesus doesn’t just turn any old water into wine. Jesus turned water for ritual purification into wedding wine, and this too is a sign. The sign is that there is about to be a huge shift in how we understand […]Read More Please Come.
Still turning water into wine here… Mary, despite not actually asking her son to fix the problem of the wine running out, clearly shows a trust in him to be able to do something. So when Jesus says to her “What’s that for us?”, “His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” So […]Read More The Wine will Flow
Back in John’s telling of the first recorded miracle of Jesus, turning water into wine… So yes, On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee. The third day as in Tuesday, as in Sunday, Monday, Tuesday…also as in the doubly blessed third day from Genesis, a doubly blessed day that must be the day […]Read More What’s That For Us?
Starting to look at “signs” in the Gospel of John, seven signs that John has chosen and arranged in such a way to point us to Jesus as Messiah, the Holy One of Israel, that we might believe on him in a right way and have the life to the fullest which He promises. […]Read More On the Third Day
I’m starting to get into the Gospel of John. Not that I’ve never looked at it before, but now I’m really beginning to get into it more deeply. John’s gospel is different than Matthew, Luke and Mark, the synoptic gospels, in that they were written more as histories of the life of Jesus, with […]Read More Signs
Question for you. What does it mean to be a Christian? Does it mean to believe something about Jesus? Yes it does, but only as a starting point. Because we believe something about Jesus, we begin to follow him. But ultimately, to be a Christian means to embark on a life of […]Read More He Left a Trail
“They tell me to be discreet, for all intended purposes, they tell me revenge is sweet, and from where they stand I’m sure it is. But I feel nothing for their game where beauty goes unrecognized. All I feel are heat and flame, and all I see are dark eyes.” Bob Dylan. Jesus […]Read More Darkened Lamps
We read and pray Psalm 88 and we find that “my eye grows [dark] through sorrow…” Psalms 88:9 ESV. Some people have dark eyes from the sorrows they have seen in life. They say the eyes are a window to the soul. You can look in some peoples eyes and they tell a […]Read More Bright Eyes