Resurrection Hope

The apostle John says that the bodily resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth is something that should matter to you. John’s testimony flies full force with great love and compassion into all the disappointing hopes of your life. There are disappointing hopes, but the hope of the resurrection is a hope that will not disappoint.

The Great Exchange

Every great love story has an “exchange” in it. It may involve some specific sacrifice or it might involve the main character dramatically and lovingly sacrificing himself or herself for the sake of another. This story is repeated over and over throughout cinema and literature. An exchange occurs when we love.

Unjust Suffering

There is a different type of calling in the Christian life. This calling isn’t about who you are going to marry or where you are going to live or what kind of job you are going to do. Of all the callings in the world, this calling is arguably the most like Jesus’ calling; it’s the calling that most mirrors His life.

Behold the Man!

Paul and Peter give Jesus an interesting title. They call Jesus a “stumbling stone” (Rom. 9:32, 1 Pet. 2:8). It’s a kind of stone the workers reject and toss aside as useless, but it’s this misunderstood “stumbling stone” that will become the cornerstone for a new humanity and a new kingdom.

Living for His Kingdom

Have you ever had one of those moments where you honestly thought, “What if I am getting this all wrong? What if we have been woefully misled and we should have been playing by the world’s rules all along?”

In John 18:36 Jesus declares to Pilate: My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my servants would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish authorities. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.

Tragic Irony

If you are watching a movie or reading a good book, there is a literary device called dramatic irony that is often utilized. It’s that moment in your book or in the movie when you know the characters are going into a situation thinking one thing, but the reality of that situation is far different. This is when we yell at the people in the movie, “Don’t go in there! Don’t do it! That’s a really bad decision!”

There are many of these moments in the Gospel of John and the Apostle is very gifted at highlighting the painful, ironic realities of the arrest, trial and crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth. Most of the characters in John think one thing, but the reality of that situation and the perspective of Jesus is far more momentous.

Peter’s Denials & Jesus’ Faithfulness

If you take a snapshot of any short period of time in our lives, it probably looks chaotic, uncomfortable and painful. We can fixate on any one moment of our lives and get discouraged, overwhelmed and impatient. Grace, however, takes the long view. Grace is all about a “not yet” theology of ourselves and others. The Bible makes it very clear that God is not finished with us and this Christian life is a long process (Rom. 8:18, 2 Cor. 4:15-18, 1 Pet 4:12, etc.). Jesus

The Garden of Gethsemane

Grace tells the truth about sin, but grace does not condemn. For 17 chapters, John is preparing us for the death and resurrection of Jesus the Nazarene, and starting in John 18 it’s like he turns to the reader and says, “Let me tell you how Jesus saved you from sin, condemnation and shame.”

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