Luke 23: 44 – 56 The death of Jesus and the burial of Jesus

Luke 23: 44 – 56 The death of Jesus and the burial of Jesus It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, ‘Father, intoContinue reading “Luke 23: 44 – 56 The death of Jesus and the burial of Jesus”

Luke 19: 45 – 48 Jesus at the temple

Luke 19: 45 – 48 Jesus at the temple When Jesus entered the temple courts, he began to drive out those who were selling. ‘It is written,’ he said to them, ‘ “My house will be a house of prayer”; but you have made it “a den of robbers”. Every day he was teaching atContinue reading “Luke 19: 45 – 48 Jesus at the temple”

Luke 18: 35 – 43 A blind beggar receives his sight

Luke 18: 35 – 43 A blind beggar receives his sight As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. They told him, ‘Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.’ He called out, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy onContinue reading “Luke 18: 35 – 43 A blind beggar receives his sight”

Luke 17: 20 – 37 The coming of the kingdom of God

Luke 17: 20 – 37 The coming of the kingdom of God Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, ‘The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, nor will people say, “Here it is,” or “There it is,” because theContinue reading “Luke 17: 20 – 37 The coming of the kingdom of God”

Luke 14: 15 – 24 The parable of the great banquet

Luke 14: 15 – 24 The parable of the great banquet When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, ‘Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.’ Jesus replied: ‘A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests.Continue reading “Luke 14: 15 – 24 The parable of the great banquet”

Luke 13: 1 – 9 Repent or perish

Luke 13: 1 – 9 Repent or perish Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. Jesus answered, ‘Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? I tell you, no!Continue reading “Luke 13: 1 – 9 Repent or perish”

Luke 8: 16 – 18 A lamp on a stand

Luke 8: 16 – 18 A lamp on a stand ‘No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed,Continue reading “Luke 8: 16 – 18 A lamp on a stand”

Luke 4: 14 – 30 Jesus rejected at Nazareth

Luke 4: 14 – 30 Jesus rejected at Nazareth Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. He was teaching in their synagogues and everyone praised him. He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he wentContinue reading “Luke 4: 14 – 30 Jesus rejected at Nazareth”

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 6: 60 – 71 Many disciples desert Jesus

John 6: 60 – 71 Many disciples desert Jesus Almost the whole of Chapter 6 has been about bread. We read about the feeding of the five thousand, then about the crowds following Jesus because he had fed them, and yesterday’s passage reached a climax with Jesus’ statement that those who eat his flesh andContinue reading “John 6: 60 – 71 Many disciples desert Jesus”