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Know God in a Year #147 Does Suffering Come from God?

11/14/2017

Leaving the temple, Jesus and company walk past a man who was born blind. His disciples, nervous over Jesus’ near stoning and wanting to talk about anything else, ask, “Master, who caused this man’s blindness? His own sin or his parents’ sin?” They have grown up steeped in a culture that believes suffering is judgment […]

Know God in a Year #137 True Greatness Defined

10/31/2017

Even the watching universe is learning, as Jesus instructs that the characteristics of greatness aren’t power and authority, as the disciples believe. Jesus, holding a child, explains that heaven values the characteristics of simplicity, sincerity, and the trusting love of a little child. He says unless they become like that, they can’t even be in […]

Know God in a Year #126 The Sign of Authenticity

10/16/2017

The thing is, the Pharisees and Sadducees have been given many signs that Jesus is who he claims to be–their Messiah. First, they have had signs in the heavens: They are aware that angels had announced and celebrated his birth to shepherds. They have heard about the special star that guided the Magi to him. […]

Know God in a Year #91 Real Faith

08/28/2017

A Roman Centurion approaches the Jewish elders. His servant has palsy and is dying. (Today’s Parkinson’s?) The officer loves his servant and begs the elders to ask Jesus to heal him, feeling unworthy to ask himself,┬áhe thinks they will know best how to approach their Messiah. Typically, Roman servants were property and treated cruelly. But […]

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 #40 Confused Expectations

06/18/2017

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 #36 Not What They Wanted

06/12/2017

While Jesus was gone to the wilderness, John was drawn back to study the prophecies in Isaiah. His own words “Lamb of God” had surprised him, and had put new meaning on Messiah’s work, and though he still didn’t understand that the Christ’s suffering ministry preceded a later conquering one, he knew there was more […]

Know God in a Year #35 Tempted to Take the Easy Way

06/11/2017

Satan now shows his true identity. He admits that he is that banished angel–only he calls himself the god of this world–and somehow makes the world pass before Jesus in beauty. (21st century technology?) “Rule and authority has been given to me,” he says, “and I can give it to whomever I please. All you […]

Know God in a Year #29 The Baptism

06/01/2017

Jesus was 30 and still working in what had been Joseph’s carpenter shop, when he hears it. Perhaps he is bent over a chair, repairing it, and a friend stops by, “Have you been to hear the baptist in the wilderness? Everyone is going.” Jesus feels his heart jump as He recognizes the signal. John […]

Know God in a Year #26 The First Sign

05/29/2017

Jesus’ forerunner was his cousin John, known as the Baptist because he brought the symbol of cleansing from Mikveh to baptism, to show the people that a change of heart was needed. Remember? He was born to Mary’s aunt, Elizabeth, and the priest Zacharias. His birth was considered miraculous. While not as old as Abraham […]