Luke 20: 1 – 8 The authority of Jesus questioned

Luke 20: 1 – 8 The authority of Jesus questioned One day as Jesus was teaching the people in the temple courts and proclaiming the good news, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, together with the elders, came up to him. ‘Tell us by what authority you are doing these things,’ theyContinue reading “Luke 20: 1 – 8 The authority of Jesus questioned”

Luke 7: 18 – 35 Jesus and John the Baptist

Luke 7: 18 – 35 Jesus and John the Baptist John’s disciples told him all about these things. Calling two of them, he sent them to the Lord to ask, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?’ When the men came to Jesus, they said, ‘ John theContinue reading “Luke 7: 18 – 35 Jesus and John the Baptist”

Luke 3: 1 – 19 John the Baptist prepares the way

Luke 3: 1 – 19 John the Baptist prepares the way In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberias Caesar – when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and Traconitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene – during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, theContinue reading “Luke 3: 1 – 19 John the Baptist prepares the way”

Luke 1: 67 – 80 Zechariah’s song

Luke 1: 67 – 80 Zechariah’s song His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied: ‘Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David (asContinue reading “Luke 1: 67 – 80 Zechariah’s song”

Luke 1: 57 – 66 The birth of John the Baptist

Luke 1: 57 – 66 The birth of John the Baptist When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son. Her neighbours and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy. On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child,Continue reading “Luke 1: 57 – 66 The birth of John the Baptist”

Luke 1: 5 – 25 The birth of John the Baptist foretold

Luke 1: 5 – 25 The birth of John the Baptist foretold In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing allContinue reading “Luke 1: 5 – 25 The birth of John the Baptist foretold”

John 3: 22 – 36 John testifies again about Jesus

John 3: 22 – 36 After this, Jesus and his disciples went out into the Judean countryside, where he spent some time with them, and baptised. One new thing that I have learned from this study of St John’s gospel is that Jesus had an important ministry of baptism. What significance does baptism have inContinue reading “John 3: 22 – 36 John testifies again about Jesus”

John 1: 35 – 51

John 1: 35 – 51 Having told us about John the Baptist’s witness to Jesus, St John now introduces some of those who are to be Jesus’ disciples. These are people who will be with him while he teaches and heals, and who will be the witnesses of his life, death and resurrection. In StContinue reading “John 1: 35 – 51”

St John 1: 29 – 34

St John 1: 29 – 34 Once again, Saint John teaches us by means of a story. The next day John saw Jesus coming towards him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is the one I meant when I said, “A man who comes afterContinue reading “St John 1: 29 – 34”

John 1: 19 – 28

John 1: 19 – 28 St John wants to establish the credentials of John the Baptist as a witness, and to do this, he tells us a story. He writes that while John the Baptist was baptising people at Bethany, the religious leaders sent messengers to him. They wanted to know by what authority heContinue reading “John 1: 19 – 28”