Peter Denies Jesus

(John 18:15-18, 25-27)

Before the cock crows you will deny me three times
Before the cock crows you will deny me three times

Jesus had previously spoken to Peter telling him that Peter would deny Jesus three times before the cock crowed. Peter had vehemently said that he would never do such a thing, but Jesus knew better.

In these scriptures we see the situation unfold and the words of Jesus come to pass. We also see and understand the process that Peter went through and also gain an insight into the love, mercy and compassion of the Lord for His people.

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Why Jesus Died

(John 16:4-7)

Why Jesus Died
Why Jesus Died

There are many advantages to being a Christian and knowing Jesus Christ. The full number of them may never be known by us as individuals.

However in this section of scripture we see that Jesus points to the specific advantage that we received not through His coming, but by His going. By this He is referring to the advantage that comes to man through His death, which I have called the Jesus Advantage and the reason why Jesus died.

Jesus points to one specific advantage that we will receive through His death, which I will discuss shortly, but there are others that we received through His death which are also worth looking at as they go to the core of the Christian walk and understanding why Jesus died.

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You Are Clean

(John 13:7-11)

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You are born again as a new creation in Christ Jesus
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This post continues the discussion of Jesus washing the disciples feet. In his conversation with Peter, Jesus said, “You are clean.” He went on though to show they were not all clean for He knew Judas was unclean and was to betray Him.

Now it is evident that by these words when Jesus said, “You are clean,” He was not talking about them being free from the dirt and grit of day to day living. He was clearly talking about them being clean in a spiritual sense. So let us look at some of the aspects of this spiritual cleansing.

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Satan Cast Out

(John 12:31-32)

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Cast out in desperation and no hope of return

Two strong pieces of information are contained in these two verse. One that could and should strike fear into the hearts of mankind, but only those who are not followers of Jesus. The second is a declaration of the hope of salvation and the promise of the Lord.

There are insights here about the power struggle that is and was going on in heaven. It is a fascinating study in the power of God versus the opposition from Satan. Let’s look at some of the interesting insights we can gain from these two verses and the powers at work on both sides.

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Trust and Obey

(John 12:27-30)

trust and obey
Put your hand in the Lord’s hand and trust and obey

There is an old hymn that many Christians will know or at least have heard of called Trust and Obey. It gave a great message about the need to show both of these attitudes as a Christian for if we are to enter God’s kingdom we must do both.

In this section of scripture we see that the Lord too exhibited how he trusted and obeyed the Father. And we also see that the Father showed the people who were with Jesus a sign that recognised the trust and obedience shown by Jesus.

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Unless a Grain of Wheat Falls into the Earth and Dies

(John 12:20-24)

Unless a Grain of Wheat Falls into the Earth and Dies
Unless a Grain of Wheat Falls into the Earth and Dies

Here is an interesting teaching where Jesus speaks in parables about his coming death and resurrection. It is here that He recognises that the purpose of His coming was to die and be raised for the purpose of building the church. He uses the analogy that unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies it does not bear fruit but remains alone.

The trigger for this discussion is when some Greeks came to his disciples and wanted to see Jesus. And that is a great and wondrous thing for in that day He revealed the blessings that were to come down to us today.

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Plotting Against Jesus

(John 11:45-53)

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Plotting against Jesus did not prevent Rome destroying the Temple
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After Lazarus was raised from the dead, a great many of the Jews believed in Him. They recognised the power of God in Jesus for no one had ever seen a man resurrected before.

This confounded the leaders, the chief priests and the Pharisees and threw them into despair. They were utterly at their wits end about what they were to do about Jesus. And it was at this time they came together to begin plotting against Jesus and how they would be rid of him once and for all…or so they thought!

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(John 10:17-21)

There are some things in this world that are considered unstoppable and unchangeable. The rising and setting of the sun, the ebb and flow of the tides and of course those classics…death and taxes! But in truth all of these things are really only temporary and there will come a time when they will all end.

Like a freight train, Jesus is Unstoppable

However Jesus was truly unstoppable and He will never end for He is eternal. He could not be held down by anything for His purpose was set and authorised by the Father and would be seen through to a conclusion regardless of what would come. The plan was set in place and is moving forward to a conclusion that is inevitable.The way I look at this is a bit like the song by Bob Dylan, Slow Train Coming. The plan of God is like a slow train moving down the track. Nothing you can do will stop it, it just keeps on rolling along.

And in the context of this section of scripture we see the unstoppable nature of Jesus. He came for a purpose and that purpose would and will be served. Continue reading “Unstoppable”

The Truth Will Make You Free

(John 8:31-38)

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Set Free to Worship
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This is a scripture of the Bible that is often quoted. So many, many times I have heard people say, “The truth will make you free.” And it is not just in Christian circles that this is quoted.

But how many people know what it is really talking about? How often do the words just roll easily off the tongue without any sense of what the Lord really meant by them? I am reasonably certain that even among Christians there is not a real understanding of the power and depth of these words, especially as it applies to the teachings of the New Covenant. I say this from experience having listened to many people who believe they know the truth, but their words deny that they actually do

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Eating the Flesh and Blood of Christ

(John 6:52-65)

What on earth is going on here? Is the Lord suggesting we become cannibals or vampires? He is saying that we need to eat his flesh and drink his blood, which sounds pretty sick. In fact there are laws in the Old Testament that strictly forbid such practices, so what is going on here?flesh and blood

If you are puzzled by these statements, imagine how those standing there felt listening as he said these words. They were shocked and had no idea what he was talking about. But with the value of hindsight now and applying a little logic to His words, the answer is reasonably simple.

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