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Know God in a Year #63 Change and Pain

07/19/2017

Jesus’ heart aches when he hears about John. He knows their disciples will not understand John’s call to martyrdom for the sake of thousands who will die for their faith. Spirit shows him that some, in dungeons for years, will be greatly comforted by the memory of John’s imprisonment and death. Gently, Jesus leads John’s […]

Know God in a Year #62 When Revenge was Not Sweet

07/18/2017

Herod’s wife, Herodias, wants revenge. John has raised Herod’s conscience to a new level and ruined her life. She had been successful in getting Herod to put John in the dungeon, but she knew Herod wanted to release him, and now her husband often goes and talks with him–downstairs. She begins scheming to rid herself […]

Know God in a Year #61 The Long Answer of Experience

07/17/2017

John’s disciples come to Jesus and ask, “Are you the One? Or should we look for another?” Jesus doesn’t answer immediately. He understands, but it’s still disappointing that the one man who recognized him, announced him as the Messiah, should now question, so he lets them see and experience His ministry. They wonder why he […]

Know God in a Year #60 How to Handle Doubt

07/16/2017

John the Baptist was first to introduce Jesus to the people as their Messiah. He is also first (outside of Mary and Joseph) to share the honor of His suffering. Herod respects John as a holy man and likes listening to him, and John is honest with him about taking his brother’s wife. So Herod, […]

Know God in a Year #59 Taking Control

07/13/2017

Jesus, brought before the Sanhedrin for healing the cripple, begins by saying, “Sabbath healing is consistent with God who maintains the universe–even on Sabbath. And I work with Him.” The priests are shocked, “He claims equality with God! This is blasphemy!” They get it. He is not claiming to be God’s son as they do. He is […]

Know God in a Year #58 Irony of Satan Using Religion

07/12/2017

In the temple, Jesus sees the healed man and says, “Now that you’re well, see you don’t go back to your old ways or something worse could happen.” The man is overjoyed at seeing Jesus again. Ignorant of the hatred or the plots of the priests against him, he eagerly gives him credit and directs […]

Know God in a Year #57 Cooperation and Opposition

07/11/2017

The healed man might have sabotaged his chance for healing. He might have recited all the reasons why he believed he was doomed. Jesus hadn’t offered help. He just told him to get up and walk. But the man sets his will to do what Jesus says, and new life surges as he acts on […]

Know God in a Year #56 Disappointment Meets Compassion

07/10/2017

Jesus has come to Jerusalem for a special Sabbath. Walking alone in meditation, he comes to Bethesda. Five porches were built around a pool for protection of the sick who flocked here because of superstition: In certain seasons the water was agitated by an angel–as it was believed–and the first person to enter was healed. […]

Know God in a Year #55 Relax and Believe

07/09/2017

Jesus can’t turn away from anyone who clings to him in need. He sees the officer’s horror in confronting himself, and with tenderness says, “Go home. Your son lives.” Relief floods the father with a peace and joy he has never felt. He could have reached home that night, but so great is his confidence […]

Know God in a Year #54 A Flash of Insight

07/06/2017

After Samaria, Jesus heads back to Cana, but passes by Nazareth,  saying a prophet is honored everywhere but his hometown. Word quickly spreads that Jesus is back in Judea. A Jewish gentleman, an officer of the king, has a son in Capernaum who is dying. The doctors have given up on him, when his father […]