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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, he 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 […]

Know God in a Year #16 The Star for the Magi

05/15/2017

One night three students of the stars see an explosion of light in the far sky that seems to leave a new star. They know it isn’t anything fixed or familiar. And the conviction that it is special begins to grow. Have we seen it for a reason? They wonder. God is always looking for people in […]

Know God in a Year #258 The Party of Parties

04/19/2017

The City of God overflows with music and shouts of triumph, joy, and praise, as Jesus’ entourage gets close. All of heaven is waiting to welcome Jesus and those he’s taking back as first-fruits–those who were resurrected with him. Commanders, rulers and representatives from unfallen worlds are there to welcome Him home, eager to honor […]

Know God in a Year #225 Religion Becomes a Curse

03/05/2017

Outside Pilate’s hall a mob screams “Crucify him!” “Why? What evil has he done?” Pilate shouts above the roar. Then waiting for it to subside, asks, “Shall I crucify your king?” “We have no king but Caesar!” a priest yells back, and the cry is picked up by the others. Israel’s leaders withdraw their nation […]