Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Monday, May 28, 2012
But He needed to go through Samaria. John 4:4
First... a few words from our friendly neighborhood commentary (the Bible Knowledge Commentary):
He had to go through Samaria. This was the shortest route from Judea to Galilee but not the only way. The other route was through Perea, east of the Jordan River. In Jesus' day the Jews, because of their hatred for the Samaritans, normally took the eastern route in order to avoid Samaria. But Jesus chose the route through Samaria in order to reach the despised people of that region. As the Savior of the world He seeks out and saves the despised and outcasts (cf. Luke 19:10). "Samaria" in New Testament times was a region in the middle of Palestine, with Judea to the south and Galilee to the north. Samaria was without separate political existence under the Roman governor. The people were racially mixed and their religion resulted from syncretism and schism from Judaism. Its center of worship was Mount Gerizim. Even today in Israel, a small group of Samaritans maintain their traditions.
You see, Jesus had a mission... to seek and to save that which was lost. He had an appointment, set in Heaven, with a woman in Samaria. He certainly had the option of taking the more popular route, the easier route... you know, the route no one will gossip about.
That wasn't Jesus' M.O., though was it? His was a life of selfless giving. And He gave His all right to the end.
The question before us today (and every day after today) is simple:
Am I going to do what The Father asks of me, no matter how uncomfortable or inconvenient it is?
What would/did Jesus do?
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Friday, May 25, 2012
Thursday, May 24, 2012
PS... Luke 7:34 says:
The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, 'Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' Ok... I'm done.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
There are times when we hold people up, put them on pedestals and the like. John had a tremendous following, as did our Lord. In fact, twenty years after Jesus' resurrection (cf. Acts 18:25; 19:1-7) Paul found about 12 disciples of John the Baptist in Ephesus. Here's my point and something we should all take away from this passage:
Monday, May 21, 2012
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. John 1:1-3
There are books out there that start off the way many high school essays read... you don't really know what the author's point is or where they are going. John makes not apologies for the Subject of his book/letter. JESUS is the theme, subject and aim of the Gospel According to John. Notice a few things with me:
- The Word existed in the beginning.
- The Word was with God.
- The Word was (and still IS) God.
- All things were made through Him.
- Nothing came into existence without His making it.
I know that I am simply restating what verses 1 - 3 plainly state... but look at the EMPHASIS of the opening words of this Gospel.
The Word is God.
This will be a reoccurring theme and the testimony of the whole book.
I wonder if it is a reoccurring theme and the testimony of our lives?
write. Well... I'm on vacation and I wake up before everyone else
does, so I don't have an excuse for a 5 more days.
Isn't that what we try to do? Follow the path of least resistance?
It would be easier for me to say "Ya... but I need my rest!" Ya... but
you always need to exercise your "spiritual muscles". Keep on the
lookout... theirs writing 'a comin'.