Entries by suzie

Saturday 23 March, 2019

John has just recorded Jesus talking about himself as the good shepherd & his sheep (people) knowing his voice. Jesus now continues this as he is ambushed while walking in the Temple. The Jewish leaders want to know if he is the predicted Messiah, the Saviour. Jesus’s response shows them that they are not his […]

Friday 22 March, 2019

V10 contains such a wonderful promise – life to the full through Jesus. What a wonderful example of this is presented in the previous chapter with the restoration of the man who was born blind. Not just a physical restoration to wholeness, but freedom from a life of judgment (Ch 9v2) and an existence governed […]

Thursday 21 March, 2019

I love this man’s clarity of sight. Even before he is healed he has more self-awareness than these intelligent Pharisees: He knows he has a problem that only God can fix. Though he could not see the visible world he sees the spiritual significance of what has happened to him with crystal clarity, in dramatic […]

Wednesday 20 March, 2019

I actually find this a scary passage of Scripture. On the surface I like that this guy is giving the Pharisees some real lip! But as I sit in this story I am struck with the reality that these men who are pressing the formerly blind man and his family with questions, these men are […]

Tuesday 19 March, 2019

Jesus firmly resists an analysis of the world which is purely cause and effect.  The world is stranger than that, and darker than that, and the light of God’s powerful, loving justice shines more brightly than that. But to understand it all, we have to be prepared to dismantle some of our cherished assumptions and […]

Monday 18 March, 2019

This passage covers the final events of a visit Jesus made to Jerusalem to attend a Jewish festival. By this time in his ministry Jesus had performed many miracles and had begun to speak openly about Himself. He had gained many followers but also enemies, some of who wanted Him killed. Just prior to Jesus […]

Sunday 17 March, 2019

The old saying ‘actions speak louder than words’ rings just as true now as it did for the Pharisees speaking to Jesus. We may be able to kid ourselves, but our behaviour and actions reveal our heart. A label or signing a church membership doesn’t mean I belong to Christ. While I can’t live worrying […]

Saturday 16 March, 2019

As I read the conversation here between Jesus and some of his contemporaries, it strikes me that this could easily be reinterpreted in a modern day context. It might sound something like this… Jesus: If you follow my teaching, then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free Post-modernist:  Free? I […]

Friday 15 March, 2019

Tough crowd! Jesus has an up hill battle with this lot. They just didn’t get it. Jesus, God the Father, His ascension, where He came from, their sin and consequent death if they don’t believe – none of it. They even asked “who are you?” But people were still listening. People were still believing! (See […]

Thursday 14 March, 2019

Jesus proclaims himself to be the Light of the world. A rather brazen statement, the Pharisees don’t miss a beat challenging Jesus about such a claim. They question him on his authority saying he needs someone to verify his statement. Jesus doesn’t balk: My statement is valid even without someone else backing me up (v14). […]