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John 20

“If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” Jesus states clearly that He was giving the apostles the authority to determine how one would receive forgiveness and enter the kingdom. Of course what they preached and taught did not come from them but the

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John 19

As Jesus faces becoming sin for us on the cross there was one last task that needed to be addressed. Since the death of his father, Joseph as the elder son it was his responsibility to see to the care of His mother. So, as this terrible process began He made sure that His mother

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John 18

What Jesus proclaimed to Pilate is a key that begins to help us understand a number of O.T. prophecies. The focus in Jesus’ day and for many today is to view the coming kingdom as a kingdom that exists here on earth, subjecting its rule on the geopolitical landscape of mankind. With such views doctrines

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John 17

In our reading we find Jesus praying to The Father before He faces the finial task of His mission. In this pray Jesus looks beyond the cross to the time when He again will be in the presence of The Father, then Jesus turns His focus to the disciples and to us. Jesus notes the

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John 16

Jesus closes our reading by declaring that in life we will have struggles but we still can have peace! Jesus also noted that Satan has lost and he stands condemned. The problem is that while we dwell in the flesh here on earth we still have to put up with all the struggles and chaos

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Reflections

Today is a day to pause and reflect over our readings. I was struck in our readings how strongly Jesus drove the point “if you love Me you will what I command.” It is sad that Christianity for many is not about obeying Jesus and more about praise and feeling spiritual. I think it is

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Reflections to consider

Much of this world does not take Jesus Christ seriously because they don’t understand why he died. Most of us know where Jesus died: outside the city of Jerusalem. Most of us know when he died: roughly around AD 30. Most of us know how he died: by crucifixion. But pause to consider why he

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John 15

Jesus notes in our reading that He is the Vine, we are the branches, and the Father is the Gardner. Spiritual fruitfulness starts and ends with our connection to the Vine, Jesus. The promise is if we remain in Him, which Jesus has defined as being obedient to Him, we will bear much fruit. Jesus

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John 14

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.” Our lives would be very different if we took those words to heart! In context Jesus is saying these words to His apostles before they face the reality of the cross. Their world is going to be turned upside down and

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John 13

There is no greater example of service than what took place at the table that evening. The King of Kings and the Lord of Lords put on a towel and began to perform the task that the lowest of servants would perform, He washed the disciple’s feet! Service Jesus proclaims is at the heart of

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John 12

One of the bench marks in Christian transformation is getting to the point where you are more excited to be with the Lord than you are to remain in this physical shell! Jesus says if you love this life, holding on with all you have – you will lose it. How? I believe you will

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John 11

In our reading we find Jesus making a statement about His identity by involving those observing in the miracle. Jesus went to the tomb and declared: “but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.” This public gesture of looking up and speaking aloud

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Reflections

Today is a day to reflect over our readings for the last week. Our last reading this week was John 10 where Jesus declared that He came to give us abundant life. When He declared that He came to give us abundant life He was not talking about wealth, power, or even material comfort. For

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Reflections to consider

When something is “atoned,” it is paid for. Something is satisfied or a debt is taken care of. And what’s satisfied in Jesus’s atonement for our sins is the justice of God. This may sound surprising, but the cross was not primarily for us. The cross was primarily for God the Father. Since the blood

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John 10

What Jesus says in this text gives some insight into the fact that both “free will” and “God’s sovereign will” can coexist, something Calvin would strongly disagree with. Jesus makes it very clear that it was His decision to go to the cross! Yet, we know that it was God’s will before the creation of

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John 9

The disciples looked at this blind man and wondered who’s sins were responsible for this man’s blindness. They assumed his blindness was a form of punish for somebody’s sin, yet Jesus noted that their assumption was wrong! Jesus introduced another reason why this blind man was there in front of Him at this moment in

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John 8

What Jesus claims in our reading should not be taken lightly! “’I tell you the truth,’ Jesus answered, ‘before Abraham was born, I am!’” The text says that after Jesus made that statement that the crowd tried to stone Him! Why did they get so angry that they wanted to stone him? We need to

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John 7

During the feast Jesus declared:”If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” As John tells us, Jesus is talking about the coming of The Spirit upon God’s people. During the period after Israel’s return

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John 6

Many who heard what Jesus taught were turned off by what He was saying! He told them that one must drink the blood of Jesus and eat His flesh. It seems that many were taking Jesus’ words to be literal – that one had to be a cannibal to be a disciple of Jesus. This

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Reflections

Today is a day to reflect over our readings. The gospel of John is different from the other three gospels. It was, by all accounts, written much latter and John fills in a number of things that the others did not include in their gospels. Also, John states from the very opening that he is

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