Hail the King!

Then Pilate had Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip. The soldiers wove a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they put a purple robe on him. “Hail! King of the Jews!” they mocked, as they slapped him across the face. (John 19:1-3) Read: Romans 11:1 – 14:23 Relate:  React: He was wounded for…

Desperate

“But what did he do?” they asked. “How did he heal you?” “Look!” the man exclaimed. “I told you once. Didn’t you listen? Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples, too?” (John 19:26-27) Read: Psalm 105 – 106 Relate: The only thing worse than being wrong is insisting…

Going Off Script

The Pharisees had a script they wanted the man born blind to follow. At first, they wanted to just ignore or at least discredit the story but neither of those options were viable. The story was getting out. For whatever reason, this was a story that was getting around. So instead of stopping it, they decided to control the spin.

προφήτης

Then the Pharisees again questioned the man who had been blind and demanded, “What’s your opinion about this man who healed you?” The man replied, “I think he must be a prophet.” (John 9:17) Read: Psalm 1-2, 10, 33, 71, 91 Relate: προφήτης. For those of us that can’t read Homer in the original, those squiggles should…

John 5:1-4 (Waiting)

Afterward Jesus returned to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish holy days. Inside the city, near the Sheep Gate, was the pool of Bethesda, with five covered porches. Crowds of sick people—blind, lame, or paralyzed—lay on the porches waiting for a certain movement of the water, for an angel of the Lord came from time to time and stirred…

John 4:51-54 (One Word)

While the man was on his way, some of his servants met him with the news that his son was alive and well. He asked them when the boy had begun to get better, and they replied, “Yesterday afternoon at one o’clock his fever suddenly disappeared!” Then the father realized that that was the very time Jesus…