Thought for the day

 

Take this thought with you today to remind you that God is with you in all you do. His love can shine through your actions this day.  

My house? Imagine: today my Lord is coming to my house with his disciples to celebrate Passover. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the powers of darkness will not be far away, along with spies, traitors, and guards. The most important word...
Image: earthenware jug on wooden table with fruit. ‘My time is near. It is at your house that I am keeping Passover with my disciples.’ Matthew 26:18
In his words to his disciples at the Passover meal, Jesus is giving his final teaching and making his farewells. Peter senses trouble. He wants to know where Jesus is going. He wants to go with him, and wants to lay down his life for Jesus. Jesus...
‘Where I am going you cannot follow me now; you will follow me later.’ John 13:36 Image: a cross on a hill
Today is the day. The die is cast. Two forces are heading towards an inevitable conflagration. On the one hand there is the great city of Jerusalem under the power of Rome and the power of the high priests. On the other hand there is a prophet from...
Image: donkey. Text: ‘Look, your king comes to you; he is humble, he rides on a donkey and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’ Matthew 21:5
See the signs. Let go of your doubts. Believe in Jesus. Simple? To believe in a person requires the deepest faith because it requires self-giving. I can believe in someone’s teachings and then change my mind, and there are no hard feelings. On the...
‘“Here is this man working all these signs” they said… “If we let him go on in this way everybody will believe in him.”’ John 11:48 Image: chapter house
The Gospel of John challenges the followers of Jesus to forget their fears and to take their faith to a deeper level. Six days before the Passover, perhaps a week or so after raising Lazarus, Jesus goes back to his friends in Bethany to the east of...
‘Mary brought in a pound of very costly ointment ... and with it anointed the feet of Jesus, wiping them with her hair.’ John 12:1-3
The Gospel of John records only some of the ‘many signs’ that Jesus worked, so that the reader ‘may believe that Jesus is the Christ … and … have life through his name’ (John 20:30-31). The first of these signs is explicitly noted after the changing...
‘Even if you refuse to believe in me, at least believe in the work I do; then you will know for sure that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.’ John 10:38 Image:  fishing boat on lake at sunset
In this verse Jesus challenges me to hold tight to his word, without compromise, and he promises me that I will never see death. Clearly he is talking to the unbelievers among the Jews, and in this discourse he steadily ramps up the difference...
Whoever keeps my word will never see death. John 8:51 Image: Dark cloud with light shining from behind it
When Jesus asks me to make his word my home, he is asking me to follow his teachings so closely that my way of living follows his way of living. Just as a snail carries its shell and shelter upon its back, so also a Christian carries the word of...
‘If you make my word your home you will indeed be my disciples, you will learn the truth and the truth will make you free.’ John 8:31-32 Image: Grapes in vineyard
Jesus risks everything in his exchange with the Pharisees in the Temple. When he says he is ‘not of this world’, he is not rejecting planet earth, or creation, or our physical bodies. We know this because of Jesus’ earlier conversation with...
Text: "I am not of this world' John 8: 23 Image: wheat in field.
Two small pieces of information: ‘Jesus wept’ is not only the shortest verse in the whole Bible, it also comes exactly halfway through the Gospel of John. More importantly, for much of this Gospel Jesus is serenely in control of every situation he...
Text: ‘At the sight of Mary’s tears, and those of the Jews who followed her, Jesus said in great distress, with a sigh that came straight from the heart, “Where have you put him?” They said, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus wept.’ Light entrance to tomb
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