I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
I don’t have much to say about this verse, but I didn’t want to skip over it either.
“I have overcome the world.”
I think this is a directive for all of us. Our basic primal instinct is to survive, and God has given us everything we need to survive. God has given us all the materials, and the knowledge to use those materials for our survival. With all our technological wonders, we do not conjure up anything out of thin air. Whatever we have, has been here from the beginning. Continue reading
Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.
The glory of man, this is what we love. We love the accolades, the compliments, and the admiration of others. We love it so much that we are willing to literally stand naked in front of others just for the attention. It feeds our vanity and it feeds our covetousness. We covet the attention received by others and want it for ourselves. We will deny ourselves and righteousness just to get our fifteen minutes of fame. Continue reading
Whoever speaks on their own does so to gain personal glory, but he who seeks the glory of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him.
I read this verse and wrote it down with the note, “modern day evangelists”. That is what came to mind as I read it.
I certainly don’t begrudge or find fault with those who want to preach the words and lessons of the Bible. I find no fault with anyone who shares their knowledge, ideas or passion for these words. But as I surf the channels on a Sunday morning or just about any day or time, and look at the extravagant facilities that are called churches, sanctuaries or places of worship, I am reminded of this verse. Continue reading
How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?
Chapter 5 of the Gospel of John begins with Jesus visiting the Pool of Bethesda.
Bethesda has two meanings. “Beth” in Hebrew and Aramaic means “house of mercy” or “house of grace”. “Hesda” means “shame, disgrace”. “Shame, disgrace” came from all the invalids at the pool and “grace, mercy” came from the perceived healing powers of the waters in the pool. Continue reading
…but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
Chapter 4 of the Gospel of John tells the story of Jesus and the Samarian woman. Jesus is traveling through Samaria on his way to Galilee and he stops by Jacob’s Well to rest. A woman who is Samarian comes to the well to draw water and Jesus asks her for a drink. A brief conversation ensues and Jesus says:
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” Continue reading
At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children;
Jesus was preaching to the crowd that gathered to hear the discussion he was having with the disciples of John the Baptist. Christ was condemning the cities that had failed to repent even after having witnessed the works of Christ.
I would assume the cities that Christ was referring to in the earlier verses, considered themselves to be an epicenter of intellect and enlightenment. But Christ is telling them they will pay the price for their arrogance, stiff necks and harden hearts. This is just as the great prophets of the Old Testament had preached to metropolises of their time.
After denouncing these worldly centers, Christ then speaks the words in verse 25. Continue reading