Did Jesus win his trial? You get to choose! – John 5:31-47, Part 5

The situation is bleak.  The religious leaders refuse to believe Jesus.  Even after such rock-solid witnesses, four of them, which you can read about here, here and here, who each give powerful testimony about Jesus, most of the religious leaders are not convinced, and they leave plotting how to take him down.  What about us?Continue reading “Did Jesus win his trial? You get to choose! – John 5:31-47, Part 5”

Jesus on trial calls his fourth witness – John 5:31-47, Part 4

Now we arrive at the fourth and final witness that Jesus calls to the stand in his defense.  In John 5, verses 38-39 we read, “…nor does his word dwell in you, for you do not believe the one he sent. You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternalContinue reading “Jesus on trial calls his fourth witness – John 5:31-47, Part 4”

Jesus on trial calls his 2nd and 3rd witnesses – John 5:31-47, Part 3

In the previous post, we learned that the religious leaders have accused Jesus of being a lawbreaker and blasphemer. Though not placed on any kind of official trail, Jesus treats it as one, calling witnesses to testify on his behalf. First up, as we read in the previous post, Jesus referred to John the Baptist’sContinue reading “Jesus on trial calls his 2nd and 3rd witnesses – John 5:31-47, Part 3”

Does Jesus have authority to break the law? – John 5:31-47, Part 1

I often wonder if our church’s outdoor sign has any impact.  While I think it is good to have a sign with basic information such as our name and website, we don’t need to have a sign with a message board.  Most people learn about us online anyway.  But the message board is a smallContinue reading “Does Jesus have authority to break the law? – John 5:31-47, Part 1”

How to know if you are a true believer – John 5:16-30, Part 5

How do you know if you are a true believer? Many people have wondered, and sometimes their wondering has caused anxiety. Some of have said, “Well, we won’t know until we get heaven.” But is that true? Thankfully, no. Jesus says there is a way to know now if a person is a true believer.Continue reading “How to know if you are a true believer – John 5:16-30, Part 5”

How Jesus brings us life – John 5:16-30, Part 4

As we learned in the previous post, Jesus not only disobeyed the law, he said that could do so because he is God. Thus he put himself in a very precarious position.  Some of the most powerful leaders in the land want to kill him on what they believe are justifiable grounds.  What will JesusContinue reading “How Jesus brings us life – John 5:16-30, Part 4”

Why Jesus sometimes disobeyed the law – John 5:16-30, Part 3

Did you know Jesus was a law-breaker? In fact, he broke the law so much, it got him in big trouble. In the previous post about John 5, verse 16, we read that the religious leaders are persecuting Jesus.  When you read that word, “persecute,” don’t think of it as extreme.  They’re not whipping him,Continue reading “Why Jesus sometimes disobeyed the law – John 5:16-30, Part 3”

What is the Sabbath? – John 5:16-30, Part 2

What is the Sabbath? It goes back to Genesis chapter 2, verses 1-3.  Page #2 of your pew Bibles, so you know this is going back to the beginning.  Well, almost.  Actually, we’re going back to the story of creation, and we read it described like a week.  God creates the universe on the firstContinue reading “What is the Sabbath? – John 5:16-30, Part 2”

Has fear kept you quiet about God – John 4:43-5:15, Part 4

In the previous post, we studied John 5:1-6, the story of Jesus’ in Jerusalem, asking a hurting man if he wants to be healed. What does the man want?  We find out in verses 7-9.  “’Sir,’ the invalid replied, ‘“’I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. WhileContinue reading “Has fear kept you quiet about God – John 4:43-5:15, Part 4”

How Jesus fulfills a prophecy about being light in the darkness – Christmas 2022, Part 4

One of the guys who wrote the story of his friend Jesus, as I said in an earlier post this week, was Matthew.  Matthew, like John, was one of the 12 disciples who followed Jesus around for three years, learning from Jesus how to shine light in the darkness of the world.  Matthew tells usContinue reading “How Jesus fulfills a prophecy about being light in the darkness – Christmas 2022, Part 4”