Encouraging News

In John 21:15-25, Jesus had just fed the disciples breakfast over a beach campfire. When they finish, Jesus called out Peter. He asked him, not once, not twice, but three times, if he loved him. Each time Peter said yes, but it stung a little. Jesus asked Peter this question three times because Peter denied …

Divine Guidance

In John 21:1-14, some of the disciples go back to the job they had before becoming a disciple of Jesus. They reverted to their old ways. Perhaps this was more out of self-preservation rather than disobedience to Jesus telling them that they were sent.  Throughout Jesus’s ministry, they all lived off the goodwill and kindness …

Peace, Purpose, and the Holy Spirit

In John 20:16-30, Jesus tells Mary to go tell his “brothers” that he was alive. It’s interesting that Jesus chose a woman to bear witness to his resurrection because the courts of the day would not recognize a woman’s testimony. Women were unreliable witnesses. This decision shows that Jesus wasn’t too concerned about proving himself …

An Empty Tomb

In John 20:1-15, we learn that Jesus was resurrected and he reveals himself for the first time. Mary Magdalene, in the middle of the night, walked to Jesus’s tomb and noticed the stone covering the entrance had been rolled away. That stone had been placed there to seal the tomb and two roman soldiers were …

Power

In John 19:28-42, Jesus died and then he is buried. It’s simple enough, but as I read these verses I was struck by his power.  In verses 28-30 we read… “After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), ‘I thirst.’ A jar full of sour wine stood there, so …