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.  

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
‘Disruption’ is a popular term in the latest change management handbooks. The theory runs like this: instead of following the usual gambits and jargon, do something entirely different, make people uncomfortable, get them to think differently. Jesus...
Text: ‘“Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir” she replied. “Neither do I condemn you,” said Jesus “go away, and do not sin any more.”’ John 8:11 Image: sand
Oscar Wilde, when he first went to Oxford as a student, was asked to read and translate a chapter of the New Testament in Greek. He started out on a Gospel, and the tutor soon went to take the book off him, saying ‘Thank you Mr Wilde, very good’. To...
Text: ‘Some of the people of Jerusalem were saying, “Isn’t this the man they want to kill?”’ John 7:25 Image: a  man on a hill.
This story about Jesus healing on the sabbath continues. After the elite accuse him of blasphemy, Jesus launches into a tirade against them that runs for 28 long verses: ‘you do not believe in the one that God has sent … you have no love of God in...
Text: ‘You refuse to come to me to for life.’ John 5:40 Image: blades of green grass
In the Gospel of John, as we move towards Jerusalem, the divinity of Jesus is being revealed each step of the way. Here he heals the man who has been sick for 38 years, and he breaks the rules and does it on the sabbath. What is also being revealed...
Text: ‘Not content with breaking the sabbath, he spoke of God as his own Father, and so made himself God’s equal.’ John 5:18 Image:  old wall in the Holy Land
This man has been sick for 38 years. Yes Lord, I want to be well again. I want you to heal the pain in my back, I want to be able to walk again, and I want to be reunited with my beloved, who has not long to live. I want you to do the impossible …...
Text: When Jesus saw him lying there and knew he had been in this condition for a long time, he said, ‘Do you want to be well again?’ John 5:5-6 Image: pool with colonnades
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