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Day 13 - John 4:46-54

Day 13 - John 4:46-54

By Iain Clements, 25 Jan 2017

Jesus returns to Cana, where he performed his first miracle at the wedding (at the beginning of chapter 2). By now his reputation has grown, and an important man seeks him out. He's got a very serious problem. His son is at the point of death. Jesus shows love to this man - and he heals the boy. By the time the man returns from his trip to see Jesus, his son was recovering. This miracle...

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Day 12 - John 4:27-45

Day 12 - John 4:27-45

By Iain Clements, 19 Jan 2017

It is interesting to notice that in the Old Testament many of the important characters found their wives at wells. That’s where Abraham’s servant found a wife for Isaac. It was true for Jacob and Moses too. Jesus Christ has a bride that he has come into the world to win. This bride isn’t an individual female, but his church that he has given himself up for. Who does this c...

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Day 11 - John 4:19-26

Day 11 - John 4:19-26

By Iain Clements, 18 Jan 2017

In verse 19 it may seem like this woman is changing the topic of conversation. That would be understandable - Jesus has just revealed he knows some embarrassing facts about her life. But it might be that she is following up on what Jesus has just said. There is an important connection between true worship and true satisfaction. Everyone worships. We worship what we think will give us pu...

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Day 10 - John 4:1-18

Day 10 - John 4:1-18

By Iain Clements, 17 Jan 2017

John is the master of the double meaning. He writes statements that can be taken one way, only for the reader to realise they should be read another. Verse 4 is one of those stamens. “And he (Jesus) had to pass through Samaria”. Yes, it is true Jesus is travelling to Galilee. The quickest route was through Samaria. Yet as we read this chapter we see that was not the only reason Jesus came t...

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Day 9 - John 3:22-36

Day 9 - John 3:22-36

By Iain Clements, 13 Jan 2017

As we read through John’s gospel we need to keep remembering why it was written. John did not write his gospel merely to inform us - he wants us to worship Jesus. He wants us to “believe that Jesus is the Christ, and that by believing we may have life in his name.” One of the ways he helps us do this is by showing us people who did believe. We have already met John the Baptist bac...

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Day 8 - John 3:16-21

Day 8 - John 3:16-21

By Iain Clements, 12 Jan 2017

Some verses in the Bible are very familiar. If we have grown up knowing the Bible we can probably recite John 3:16 word for word. It is a succinct summary of the gospel. Familiarity can breed contempt - or at the very least it can mean that we miss the impact of what Jesus says here. The amazing thing that Jesus highlights to Nicodemus, and to us, is the love of God. We expect God to be...

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Day 7 - John 3:9-15

Day 7 - John 3:9-15

By Iain Clements, 11 Jan 2017

If we are going to get anywhere in our Christian lives we need humility. The humility to admit we know nothing. The humility to recognise that if we are going to know God he needs to speak to us. The humility to listen and believe. The humility to recognise we are in such a desperate situation we can't save ourselves. The humility to look to Jesus. This is not an easy lesson to learn - but it i...

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Day 6 - John 2:23-3:8

Day 6 - John 2:23-3:8

By Iain Clements, 10 Jan 2017

For many people, to have crowds following them and hanging on their every word would be a fantastic dream. At the end of chapter 2, crowds begin to follow Jesus, drawn by the miracles he performs. However Jesus is far more cautious than we may be about enjoying their approval. He knows that though their initial response may be to follow him, their hearts may be far from him. As we were told in ...

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Day 5 - John 2:13-22

Day 5 - John 2:13-22

By Iain Clements, 07 Jan 2017

For some people, the idea that Jesus ever got angry does not sit very well with who they think he is. Gentle Jesus meek and mild - yes. Jesus who made a whip and drove people out of the temple - surely not? But that is what we see in this passage. The time is the celebration of the Passover, where the Jews remembered their rescue from slavery in Egypt. We already know that Jesus is the ...

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Day 4 - John 2:1-12

Day 4 - John 2:1-12

By Iain Clements, 05 Jan 2017

John Calvin, the reforming pastor and theologian in Geneva, was questioned by someone unconvinced by the challenge of the reformation. If the gospel he (and other reformers) preached was true, then why weren’t there any miracles to prove it? Calvin didn’t reply by jumping into a big discussion about present day miracles. Instead he simply said - there are miracles to prove the gospe...

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