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Know God in a Year #48 The Results of One Night with Messiah

07/07/2020

Nicodemus leaves Jesus a changed man. He begins reading scripture in a new way–not for discussing, but for knowing God–for receiving life, relationship, love. Right at the beginning of his ministry, Jesus gives a detailed outline of His mission to a respected teacher of the Sanhedrin. Never again does He lay out such a complete […]

Know God in a Year #47 Symbolism of the Serpent

07/06/2020

In Jesus’ presence Nicodemus feels his need of change. The cloud lifts from his mind and he begins to understand Ezekiel’s promise of God gifting a new heart. He had never understood that the most careful obedience is worthless without a love relationship to God. He had read all the scriptures with a righteously closed […]

Know God in a Year #46 Seriously?

07/05/2020

Jesus knows Nicodemus feels secure in God’s favor, believing that his good deeds and liberal giving earn him a place in God’s kingdom. So Jesus goes deep, saying, “You can’t enter God’s kingdom unless you are born again.” Birth was a common metaphor used for converts to Judaism. This isn’t a foreign concept to him, […]

Know God in a Year #45 A True Seeker

07/02/2020

Nicodemus was wealthy, educated, and  talented. An honored member of the Sanhedrin and a man of influence, he found himself drawn to this poor Galilean. He had been concerned about the racketeering, and was there when Jesus cleared the temple. Secretly moved with gratitude, he had watched the people come and be healed; he saw […]

Know God in a Year #44 After Cleansing Comes True Worship

07/01/2020

Finally the terrified priests and temple officers regain their composure and return to the temple. What a difference they find! The temple is now filled with the praise of the healed. The blind see Jesus face, the deaf hear his voice, the mute shout his praise–the first healings of his ministry. Smiling children come and […]

Know God in a Year #43 The Power of Choice is All-Powerful

06/30/2020

The same commanding voice that made Mt. Sinai quake, now rings through the temple, “Get these things out of here!” Once again the people tremble. The priests and vendors rush to get away. The cords in his hand seem like a terrible scourge even though no one is hit. The racketeers leave their money trying […]

Know God in a Year #42 A Flash of Divinity

06/29/2020

From the wedding, Jesus and his six friends spend a few days with his family in Capernaum. Then leaving for Jerusalem to attend Passover–his first since entering his ministry–they walk with a large crowd. It’s Spring, the people are light-hearted, green grass and flowers decorate the countryside, and the conversation always goes to talking about Messiah […]

Know God in a Year #41 First Event a Wedding?

06/28/2020

Who would have thought that Jesus’ first public appearance, after being announced Messiah, would be to attend a wedding! His plan to show what God was like consisted of coming and being with us as a man; but his first event, a wedding? his first miracle, blessing human joy? How unreligious! Religious leaders at that […]

Know God in a Year #40 Expectations and Boundaries

06/25/2020

Jesus’ boundary for his mother, “This is not my concern, nor my time,” were about her expectation, not her request. Everyone expected the Messiah to set up his kingdom then. His words address this expectation–it is not time to be king. They don’t understand that first Jesus has to show the universe God’s love, and […]

Know God in a Year #39 Boundaries are Healthy

06/24/2020

Jesus’ mother also knew of John’s ministry; she remembered his birth and the prophecies about him. She wondered… but was glad to have Jesus with her, especially after Joseph’s death. Such mixed feelings come when he kisses her good-by to go find John. Now she hears of his baptism and that he hasn’t been seen since. She […]