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Day 23- John 7:10-24

Day 23- John 7:10-24

By Iain Clements, 18 Feb 2017

In the last reading we saw that the disciples wanted Jesus to go where the people were, to grow in popularity. But Jesus did not come to be a celebrity loved by everyone. He came to show up our sin and need of him. He does just that when he heads into Jerusalem for the feast, a day after the disciples arrive. He arrives anonymously, and can hear the questions that are being asked about ...

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Day 22 - John 7:1-9

Day 22 - John 7:1-9

By Iain Clements, 17 Feb 2017

“If Jesus is the incarnate Son of God then why did he choose to come to earth in the middle east 2,000 years ago - surely he would have made more of an impact if he’d have come to the West today, then he would have been reported across the mass media”. You can sometimes hear that kind of objection. That’s not a new objection. In verse 3 Jesus’ disciples complain that he seems ...

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Day 21 - John 6:41-71

Day 21 - John 6:41-71

By Iain Clements, 09 Feb 2017

What Jesus has just said has caused some controversy. As he continues to speak, he deals with some the objections in the minds of those listening. The first objection comes in verse 42. It is “who does he think he is?”. Some of the crowds listening know Mary and Joseph. Is Jesus getting too big for his boots - making grand claims about being bread that satisfies. Jesus answe...

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Day20 - John 6:22-40

Day20 - John 6:22-40

By Iain Clements, 08 Feb 2017

If you want to be popular, you need to give people what they want. In John 6 Jesus is at the height of his popularity. As we listen to what he says to the crowds who come searching for him, we see that he doesn’t just say what they are happy to hear. As a result, by the end of chapter 6 people start drifting away from him. This is not surprising, because as soon as the crowds find Jes...

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Day 19 - John 6:16-21

Day 19 - John 6:16-21

By Iain Clements, 07 Feb 2017

The last sign that Jesus performed was in front of a huge audience - over 5,000 people. Now Jesus moves away from them. The day turns to night. The next sign Jesus does is just as amazing as the feeding of the crowd, but it is for the disciples’ eyes only. It is hard to imagine what the disciples must be thinking at the end of the day they have just had. They’ve seen wonderful thing...

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Day 18 - John 6:1-15

Day 18 - John 6:1-15

By Iain Clements, 03 Feb 2017

Jesus now heads away from Jerusalem, up country and across the sea of Galilee. Here he performs his most famous miracle. But as we’ve already seen, these miracles are “signs” pointing to who he is. So what do we learn about Jesus in this incident? First, we see he is a compassionate teacher. Jesus seems to be attempting to get away from the crowds, but when he sees they are follow...

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Day 17 - John 5:31-47

Day 17 - John 5:31-47

By Iain Clements, 30 Jan 2017

These are serious claims, and we should believe and act on them. But can we be expected to believe them just because Jesus says so? Yes! But Jesus goes on to say to his audience (and us) that we don’t just have to take his word for it. If we don’t believe him, there will be witnesses that show that we are wrong to do so. The first witness is John the Baptist - we heard his testimony...

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Day 16 - John 5:24-30

Day 16 - John 5:24-30

By Iain Clements, 30 Jan 2017

The healing of the man at the pool at Bethesda provoked a confrontation between the religious authorities and Jesus. They knew what Jesus was claiming about himself. He is claiming to be fully God, equal with the Father. To show that they were not misunderstanding his point, Jesus tells them they have come to exactly the right conclusion. As we saw yesterday, Jesus began to give us an i...

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Day 15 - John 5:19-23

Day 15 - John 5:19-23

By Iain Clements, 27 Jan 2017

Jesus is God. No other conclusion will do. He is God the Son incarnate. John has begun his gospel with that great conclusion, and at the end of his gospel he will underline that point. During his life on earth, this claim was obvious to the Jewish authorities. That was why they wanted to kill him (see verse 18). Believe and worship, or want to get rid of him. Those are the only two realistic op...

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Day 14 - John 5:1-18

Day 14 - John 5:1-18

By Iain Clements, 26 Jan 2017

Have you ever considered how strange this miracle is? Just picture the scene. Jesus is in Jerusalem for a feast, and he visits a pool beside which lay lots of sick people. Verse 3 tells us there was a “multitude of invalids”. Imagine a hospital ward full of seriously ill people. Their only hope was a superstition that they may get held when the water moved. It would have been a tragic scene...

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