Illogical Love

It was the betrayal that made the saving possible, but it was love that made the choice to save. It is the motif of the savior.

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In Silence

But the Lord is in his holy Temple. Let all the earth be silent before him. (Habakkuk 2:20 NLT) Read: Habakkuk 1, Habakkuk 2, Habakkuk 3, Revelation 9, Psalms 137:1-9, Proverbs 30:10 Relate: In a crowd, silence is a rare experience. This is why it is so striking when it occurs. Walking through the Holocaust Museum…

Revelation 1:17-18 (I Died, but Look – I AM Alive)

Originally posted 12/9/13 Read: Joel 1:1-3:21, Revelation 1:1-20, Psalm 128:1-6, Proverbs 29:18 I am the First and the Last. I am the living one. I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave. (Revelation 1:17-18) Relate: He is the First (Alpha, al’Awwat) and He is the Last…

Lord Save Us

The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the king of Israel!” (John 12:12-13) Read: 2 Kings 25:8-21,…

The Litmus Test

So Jesus told them, “My message is not my own; it comes from God who sent me. Anyone who wants to do the will of God will know whether my teaching is from God or is merely my own. Those who speak for themselves want glory only for themselves, but a person who seeks to honor the one…

John 4:42 (For Themselves)

Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not just because of what you told us, but because we have heard him ourselves. Now we know that he is indeed the Savior of the world.” (John 4:42) Read: Judges 9:22 – 11:28 Relate: My dad was a Blue Jays fan. I grew up liking the Oakland…

Jesus Is (John 1:34)

I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God. (John 1:34) Read: Job 12:1 – 14:22 Relate: The theology of Jesus’ identity is so rich in John. We have only worked our way through the first half of the first chapter but already we have seen that Jesus is… Pre-existent (1:1, 1:15, 1:30) The…