Archive for August, 2009

Where Are You Going?

August 24, 2009 Leave a comment

Doubting Thomas presses Jesus for details.

“Where are you going?”

Jesus explains that it doesn’t matter, because he himself is the destination.

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My Father’s House

August 23, 2009 Leave a comment

In verses 1-4, Jesus gives us a brief glimpse into heaven.

It’s like a mansion “with many rooms.”

This is a picture of abundance and has a very different feel than Matthew 7:13-14.

Matthew 5:1 describes Jesus’ audience in Matthew 5-7, the Sermon on the Mount. Crowds follow him to experience his teaching. Jesus emphasizes the difficulty of getting through the narrow gate because his audience is the crowd.

In John 14, Jesus’ audience is his 11 faithful disciples. Despite Peter’s denials in a few hours and everyone else’s desertion, Jesus anticipates their ultimate faithfulness and reassures them.

People on the road to heaven need reassurance. People on the road to hell need reality.

Jesus provides both.

Categories: bible, heaven, hell, jesus, john

Outline of John 14

August 22, 2009 Leave a comment

Jesus: Everything will be OK.
Thomas: Are you sure?
Jesus: Yes.
Philip: But we need the Father.
Jesus: Same difference. And the Holy Spirit will help.
Judas: Why all the secrecy?
Jesus: We (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) have it covered.

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Good Intentions

August 21, 2009 Leave a comment

At the end of the chapter, Peter insists that he will be faithful to Jesus to the very end.

He’s right.

But not until the second time Jesus leaves.

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August 20, 2009 Leave a comment

Verses 31-35

Loving is not a new command. Loving like Jesus is the new command.

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August 19, 2009 Leave a comment

Verse 30

"It was already night."

The night of the first Passover, nobody left during the first part of the night. That would have put the Hebrews in the path of the Death Angel. (Thanks for sharing this insight, Pastor David.)

Judas left at night, and he was as good as dead.

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August 18, 2009 Leave a comment

Verses 18-30

Jesus tells his disciples, in different ways, that Judas is going to betray him.

How did they misunderstand the bread?

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