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Know God in a Year #225 Religion Becomes a Curse


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 […]

Know God in a Year #216 An Oath Turns Backwards


The Jews wanted their Messiah to control and overwhelm their enemies with power and glory… Jesus knew what they wanted, and his biggest temptation was to give it to them by laying out his cruel tormentors in a flash of divine power. To be surrounded by people under the control of Satan was revolting to him. […]

Know God in a Year #211 The Last Contest Begins


Jesus feels his Father’s presence fading. Satan is there to suggest that the separation will last forever. From now on you will be identified with my kingdom, never again one with your Father, he whispers. And for what? These people don’t appreciate you anyway. They don’t even understand you. They will fight wars and kill […]

Know God in a Year #200 The Gold Standard–Keeping Love Alive


Take a few minutes to imagine you are one of those who doesn’t know Jesus’ love; what would you want those who know Him to do for you? Jesus says do that. This is the gold standard. This is what God asks of his friends. If you have felt the warmth of knowing God’s love […]

Know God in a Year #196 True Significance


Three times the Father has spoken endorsements of Jesus from heaven: at his baptism; at his transfiguration; and even now after Jesus describes doom on priests, temple, and Israel as a nation. This last voice is for a much larger crowd including the Greeks and the religious leaders. God is validating Jesus’ words as truth, […]

Know God in a Year #188 “Your Problem Is…”


While the Pharisees are legalistic and concerned with controlling all things external and behavioral, the Sadducees are intellectuals and all about science. Forerunners of the first Deists and materialists, they believe God isn’t involved or interested in humanity. Having no use for miracles, they don’t believe in resurrection either, thinking God would need to reconstitute […]

Know God in a Year #180 Weeping for What Might Have Been


(cont. from Friday) As the joyful procession from Bethany reaches the crest of Mount Olivet, about to descend into Jerusalem, Jesus stops. Breathtaking is the temple in the golden afternoon sun, white marble glistening like snow, gold-topped pillars glittering–a sight inspiring pride in the people, elevating their spirits more, and yet Jesus is bent over on […]

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


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


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


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. […]