Jesus The Living Word Part 37 | Father and Son Serve with Love | Luke 22:7-16; John 13:1-17
Sometimes love can make us feel very uncomfortable, especially when we may be the recipient of someone’s love towards us. In today’s lesson, Jesus models and leads his disciples to follow his example of love being visible in a tangible act of servanthood. Hard to imagine the Creator of humanity getting a bowl, water and towel and washing the feet of his disciples, and he does it. And the impact it has on them and hopefully us should transform our view of others.
Jesus The Living Word Part 36 | Blinded by the Light | John 12:37-50
Ever step into a room that is pitch dark and then you throw on the light? It can be blinding and take awhile for your eyes to adjust, right? In the gospel of John, John has spoken about Jesus being the Light of the World and his life and light has dawned on humanity. But the challenge was for some folks was that they refused to believe in Jesus, despite all of the miracles that he did – they refused to believe in him. It still can happen today. Despite the evidence of God, they choose to have it their way rather than God’s way.
Jesus the Living Word Part 36 | Life Through Death | John 12:20-36
The Christian life is not always easy. In fact it can be extremely difficult. It may involve all kinds of suffering and even death. However, just as God used Jesus’ death on the cross to bring about our salvation, he calls his people to pick up our own crosses and follow even to the grave in order to bring others into that same salvation. As we see with a grain of wheat death actually multiplies life! This shows us how upside down God’s kingdom seems compared to the way of this world, but God in his wisdom has revealed to us a better way.
Jesus The Living Word Part 35 | Waking up the Dead| John 11:38-57
How strong can a relationship make you? In the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon writes that a cord of three is not easily broken, or two are better than one. Jesus will model the power of being in relationship with his Father. They model it so we can follow it too. We can see amazing things happen when we are in step with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, even to see miracles happen when we pray.
Jesus The Living Word Part 34 | You Can Lead a Horse to Water | John 12
The key to John 12 is the story of the raising of Lazarus from the dead (from John Chapter 11). We follow the stories of 3 witnesses and/or contemporaries who saw the miracle or knew it happened. Yet all 3 had different reactions. All 3 were led directly to the living water …. but not all were thirsty. The message points out the stages of growth as we get closer to Christ and also highlights how the raising of Lazarus was a catalyst moment that through a series of connected actions and events led to the crucifixion of Jesus. The key point is that God is sovereign and even with our free will choices, his will prevails.