Luke 2: 22 – 40 Jesus presented in the temple

Luke 2: 22 – 40 Jesus presented in the temple When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, ‘Every firstborn male is to be consecrated toContinue reading “Luke 2: 22 – 40 Jesus presented in the temple”

Luke 1: 39 – 45 Mary visits Elizabeth

Luke 1: 39 – 45 Mary visits Elizabeth At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loudContinue reading “Luke 1: 39 – 45 Mary visits Elizabeth”

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 11: 45 – 57 The plot to kill Jesus

John 11: 45 – 57 The plot to kill Jesus Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him. But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. Then the chief priests and Pharisees called a meeting ofContinue reading “John 11: 45 – 57 The plot to kill Jesus”

John 8: 21 – 30 Dispute over who Jesus is

John 8: 21 – 30 Dispute over who Jesus is Once more Jesus said to them, ‘I am going away, and you will look for me, and you will die in your sin. Where I go, you cannot come.’ Jesus speaks prophetically. He is talking about heavenly things. After the crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus willContinue reading “John 8: 21 – 30 Dispute over who Jesus is”

John 7: 25 – 44 Division over who Jesus is

John 7: 25 – 44 Division over who Jesus is Two things struck me as I read this passage. The first was that, once again, Jesus makes a very clear distinction between himself and God the Father. The other was that when Jesus spoke publicly, people responded in one of two ways: those who wereContinue reading “John 7: 25 – 44 Division over who Jesus is”

John 5: 31 – 47 Testimonies about Jesus

John 5: 31 – 47 Testimonies about Jesus ‘If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true. I think, in view of what comes later in this passage, that Jesus means that if he were claiming credit for his actions, then such claims would not be true. But he’s not claiming credit; he isContinue reading “John 5: 31 – 47 Testimonies about Jesus”

John 2: 18 – 25 A prophecy of the resurrection

John 2: 18 – 25 A prophecy of the resurrection. In my previous post, Jesus had just driven the traders out of the temple courts. He’d done it violently, upsetting the tables of the money changers and driving out the animals with a whip. Not surprisingly, there were repercussions. The Jews then responded to him,Continue reading “John 2: 18 – 25 A prophecy of the resurrection”