In Jesus's challenge to the people of the temple at the end of John 5, He stated that there was one who testified on His behalf. The miraculous signs and wonders showed that He had access to God's blessing, and now, in validation, that blessing begins to pour fourth in overwhelming abundance...
Coming to know just an appreciation of the heights and depths of God's love and expression through His Word, the things of Moses that talk about Jesus. Overwhelming. All glory to God!
It is not unusual for preachers and pastors of the gospel to come under persistent spiritual attack. How it is dealt with is imperative to ministerial success. Continuing the journey through the Book of John, and looking at the two reasons the Pharisees and authorities in Jerusalem began to plan to execute Jesus.
Receiving from Jesus is about faith and willingness. Asking for more than we need is just greed. In these two examples we see the grace of God in action, and the necessary desire to acknowledge Him for what he has done.
We are commissioned to go out to the ends of the earth to make disciples of all nations. How far are we going? How effective are we being? How well are we being received? For Jesus and the disciples Samaria offered a world away from home, right on their doorstep.
Never being thirsty again. The satisfaction of every questing soul. It really is true that Jesus is the answer to every question. Here an opening on His encounter with a Samaritan woman at the well of Jacob.
Jesus heads north to a place of abundant water, away from the plotting of the Jewish establishment. John the Baptist shows a humility unheard of in the modern church.
It is a privilege to preach the gospel. It is a privilege to preach on these verses. It is a privilege to walk and know our merciful and loving Father in Heaven. Wherever you are, whatever you do, consider this simple truth. You walk with God or against Him, how is it working out for you?
The second chapter of this gospel opened and explored, noting how Jesus presents Himself to three different categories of people. The simple folk he came to save, the Jewish religious leadership and the hungry wolves of Jerusalem.
The building of the first church required the calling of a group of men from a variety of different backgrounds, including one that would become the betrayer of all mankind. Dealt with in greater detail in the other Gospels, nevertheless the order and calling of the disciples here gives profound insight into the way of Jesus, the Son of God.
Michael Robert Jackson was baptised in the name of Jesus in 2012, after a forty year walk in the wilderness, ten years after he first came to Christ. He is the least of God's children.