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I Am the Vine, You Are the Branches
Jesus delivers his last “I Am” statement, giving us another metaphorical image of who he is and our relationship to him. While each “I Am” statement can be understood on its own, when taken together they provide a more complete picture.
Another Helper: The Spirit of Truth John 14:12-31 In this passage, Jesus promises he will ask the Father to send another helper, the Holy Spirit. Last week we considered the Holy Spirit as the presence of Christ dwelling in us. Today we will focus on the Spirit’s role of teaching us truth. Throughout his writings, John emphasizes truth and love, which he…
Another Helper: The Presence of Christ
In this passage, Jesus promises he will ask the Father to send another helper, the Holy Spirit. There is a lot in this passage, so we will take two weeks with it. Next week we will focus on the Spirit’s role of teaching us truth. Today we consider the Holy Spirit as the presence of Christ dwelling in us. This is appropriate on a communion Sunday, because we believe in the spiritual presence of Christ in the bread and the cup.
How Can We Know the Way?
Five times in the Book of Acts, the early church is referred to as the Way. It is probably from Jesus’ declaration, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” Embracing this truth provides the way to hope in the present and ushers us into eternal life in the presence of God.
Betrayal, Love and Denial
The order of events that unfolded that night (Passover) was important. After Jesus demonstrated servanthood by washing his disciples’ feet, he told them to do the same to one another. The tone shifted as Jesus revealed one of them (Judas) would betray him. Once Judas left, Jesus gave a new commandment to love one another and then foretold Peter’s denial of Jesus.
Service of the Towel
Chapters 13 – 17 describe what takes place in the upper room during Jesus’ final Passover and last hours with his disciples. “His hour” had come. His ministry was about to be completed. He begins this meal with a dramatic and piercing living illustration. Every time I read this favorite story, God teaches me something new and I am challenged and encouraged.
Whoever Believes in Jesus…
We have spent a few weeks in the twelfth chapter of John. It covers the day before Palm Sunday up to the day before the Passover meal. It contains Jesus’ last teaching to the people and emphasizes who Jesus is and how He will bring salvation and eternal life to those who believe in Him.
That You May Become Sons of Light
The great blessing to us that comes through the cross of Jesus is that we may become fully restored sons and daughters of God. But there is much more about the cross that we need to reflect on so that we can fully delight in the grace given to us.
The Hour Has Now Come for the Son of Man to Be Glorified
When his mother asked him to perform a miracle (his first) at a wedding, Jesus responded “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” (John 2:4) Three years later (Palm Sunday) Jesus declares, “The hour has come.” Jesus refers to the timing of his ministry, especially his crucifixion, resurrection and ascension, in which he is glorified.
Honoring Jesus and Ministering to the Poor
Last November, we completed chapter 11 of the Gospel of John. It was a pivotal point in the gospel, leading up to Jesus’ declaration, “I am the resurrection and the life.” From chapter 12 onward, we are in the last week of Jesus’ life, culminating in His resurrection and then appearing to His disciples.