Read John 10:30-42.
The Artist Who Proved It
During the mid 1600s there was a famous French artist named Raymond Lafage. One evening he was introduced to a crowd in a tavern, but the man impressed them as a bumpkin. No one believed this completely unremarkable person could possibly be the famous artist Lafage. Continue reading
“I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.” (John 10:28-29)
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.”
How Jesus Views The Tanakh
In the verses to follow, Jesus is about to share who he is, using shepherd and sheep imagery from the Tanakh (or Old Testament). Something I’ve noticed about Jesus is his complete belief in the reliability and authority of the Old Testament scriptures. Speaking of the Tanakh he said, Continue reading
Read John chapter 9.
In our last post from the book of John, Jesus’ disciples ask him why a man was born blind from birth. They open a dialogue about an age old question: Why is there suffering? (See Whose Sin Caused This (And does suffering prover there is no God?))
Concerning this man’s particular situation, Jesus answers his disciples directly: “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.” He then went on to say, “We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
Night Is Coming
Jesus identifies himself as “the light of the world.” But he also told his followers that Continue reading
Read John 8:46-59.
Who Is Julius Caesar?
According to Plutarch of Chaeronea, seventy five years or so before Jesus was born, Julius Caesar was sailing on the Aegean Sea when he was kidnapped by pirates. They demanded a ransom of 20 talents of silver (about 350,000 in today’s U.S. dollars) but Caesar laughed at the amount. He realized they didn’t recognize who he was and insisted that the pirates require 50 talents instead of 20 (about 880,000 in USD). When they heard that, I imagine these pirates saying to Caesar: “Who do you think you are?”
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Read John 8:37-47.
The Unwelcome Prince
The castle at the center of the kingdom was magnificent. It was situated on a hilltop with rows of terraced vineyards in the foreground and a stunning view of the remote valley beyond. By all appearances the people who lived there were respectable. They dressed well, they seemed polite enough, and they kept things looking neat and clean. But Continue reading
Read John 8:31-36.
Last post from the book of John we saw Jesus speaking to the crowd and right at the end of that passage, Jesus talks about being lifted up, a reference to his being lifted up on the cross. It’s then that many believed in him. (See previous post: Suicide And Living Forever)
Free From What? Continue reading