Contributed on Aug 20, 2016
At the breakfast on the beach, Jesus restores Peter and calls him not only to "fishing for men" but also shepherding human sheep.
8 21 16 “From Fishing to Shepherding” John 21:15-19 Several disciples had just witnessed another fish miracle on the shores of Galilee. The catch of 153 fish at Jesus’ command pointed to the large HOLY SPIRIT-Pentecost catch when, on one day, 3,000 human fish would be caught ...read more
Contributed on Aug 18, 2015
Jesus defies the principles of gravity and space in his fifth sign which is given only to the 12 disciples on the Sea of Galilee. Look for the picture of the Gospel in this sign!
“Jesus Defies the Natural Order of Creation” John 6:16-24 We looked at Jesus’ miraculous feeding of the 5,000 men (probably close to 10,000 people in total) from five barley loaves and two fish. This miracle of Jesus demonstrated His creative power more than any other so far ...read more
Contributed on Feb 1, 2015
Jesus begins to call His disciples and they testify to the truth of the Messiah.
Jesus, Messiah John 1:35-42 Our text today describes Jesus’ third day of ministry as the Kingdom of God is inaugurated in the very Person of Jesus Christ and it gives the context of becoming a disciple of Jesus; we read in John 1:35-42: “The next day again John (the Baptist) was ...read more
Contributed on Feb 1, 2015
Jesus continues to call His Disciples and they reveal that He is the Son of God and Son of Man, King of Israel, and their "rabbi".
The Continual Call of Discipleship John 1:43-51 Jesus continues to call His disciples together in John 1:43-51: The next day (day four of Jesus’ ministry in the Gospel of John) Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Now Philip was from ...read more
Contributed on Apr 27, 2015
The story of Jesus' encounter with the nameless Samaritan woman at the well continues to teach that Jesus was fully Divine and Fully Human, and the Living Water from Heaven.
A Nameless Woman Meets the Messiah (John 4:1-15) Divine Appointment God’s Divine Providential plan! I am always amazed with the way that God ordains things and in His Will He fits all the pieces together. I don’t believe in coincidences: In chapter 3, Nicodemus, a powerful ...read more
Contributed on Oct 19, 2014
John 1:3 answers the age old questions: Who is Jesus? How did the World get here? How did I get here?
“The Creator Word” (10 19 14) John 1:3 Last week we looked at John 1:1: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with (the) God, and the Word was God.” I. “In the beginning was the Word,” Jesus’ Eternality (Structurally and grammatically, ...read more
Contributed on Jun 17, 2015
Jesus explains the Divine Essentials of the Eternal Father/Son Relationship which he has always had with His Father as part of the Godhead, the Triune God.
“Like Father, Like Son” John 5:19-24 In a healthy family relationship, a father has a special relationship with his son. A son receives the special love which a father naturally gives to his son. Today we examine four essential truths concerning the eternal relationship between ...read more
Contributed on May 9, 2016
Jesus reveals more of the Holy Spirit and the work which the Holy Spirit would do through the disciples in the new revelation of the New Testament.
"More to Come" John16:12-15 After all the things Jesus had revealed to His twelve disciples concerning Himself throughout His ministry, and now in the hours directly leading to His crucifixion on the cross, Jesus says in John 16:12: “I still have many things to say to you, but you ...read more
Contributed on Oct 27, 2015
Jesus gives His second sermon on "The I AM's of Jesus" in the context of the Feast of Tabernacles. There is a great significance in His choice to bring this message, "I am the light of the World" at the closing of this feast.
THE INDISPENSABLE LIGHT Of CHRIST (John 8:12-20) Did you ever consider the fact that the Lord Jesus gave sermons? Much of what Jesus taught concerned the witness of Himself. One of the sermon series that Jesus preached is the “I AM” sayings of Jesus, which were emphatic ...read more
Contributed on Jan 22, 2016
Jesus' greatest miracle was at the grave of Lazarus; the miracle pointed to the imminent resurrection of the Lord Jesus.
“At the Grave of Lazarus” John 11:25-44 As we end the old year and begin with the new, the resurrection of Lazarus is an appropriate passage to consider. In our last study we concluded at John 11:25-27 (NKJV): 25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who ...read more
Contributed on Jun 13, 2016
After Jesus' High Priestly prayer, Jesus meets His Betrayer and His accusers in the Garden of Gethsemane and is arrested. There are similarities and contrasts in the Garden with an event in history concerning King David.
“The Arrest of Jesus the Nazarene” John 18:1-12 We have examined John 13-17 recently which is considered to be Jesus’ “Farewell Discourse”, occurring on the night which Jesus was arrested. Today we study John 18:1-4 with the arrest of Jesus: “When Jesus ...read more
Contributed on Mar 9, 2015
Jesus continues to speak to the skeptical Nicodemus concerning the ONLY WAY to enter or see the Kingdom of God: Sinners are born with skepticism but self dies hard unless the Spirit gives life.
Jesus Speaks to Skeptics: John 3:9-15 Almost everyone knows the difference between a believer and a skeptic, but not everyone knows the difference between an honest skeptic and a dishonest skeptic. An honest skeptic may have doubts about certain truths but who will face up to them when he is ...read more
Contributed on Nov 9, 2015
Jesus describes the condition of what might be called "fickle faith" and in so doing, He also displays His own authority as the Son who is able to save.
True Disciples, the Son’s Authority, and the devil’s Children John 8:30-47 From Jesus’ declaration, “I AM the Light of the World,” to His proclamation as the I AM of the Old Testament, the First and the Last of Isaiah as well as Revelation, we continue in John ...read more
Contributed on Jan 22, 2016
The Promise and plot of Caiaphas shows his pompous character, and yet his words and actions are not outside of God's perfect providential plan of salvation.
The Plot and Prophecy of a Pompous Priest John 11:45-57 The Raising of Lazarus from the dead after he had been in the grave for days demonstrated Jesus’ power over satan and over the curse of sin, which is death. The miracle also was a prelude of Jesus’ own death and resurrection, ...read more
Contributed on Nov 30, 2015
Jesus confronts the willful unbelief of the Pharisees after the miracle of the man who had been blind from birth. The aftermath conveys the journey from spiritual blindness to saving faith.
11 29 2015 A Journey from Blindness to Sight: John 9:13-41 Today we look at John 9:13-41, the follow-up to the miracle given to the man who was blind from birth, and we read: They brought him who formerly was blind to the Pharisees. 14 Now it was a Sabbath when Jesus made the clay and opened ...read more
Contributed on Mar 21, 2016
Jesus gives verses which are often misinterpreted in John 14 and answer the following questions: 1. What are the "greater works" of believers"? 2. What did Jesus mean by "ask anything in my name and you shall receive it?
“Faith, Works and Prayer” John 14:12-14 Reading John 14:11-14: “Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves. 12 "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and ...read more
Contributed on May 31, 2016
The second portion of Jesus' High Priestly prayer concerns the Disciples. Jesus teaches us about the scope of His atonement and a prayer for unity and sanctification by the Word of truth.
“Jesus Prays for His Immediate Disciples” John 17: 6-19 In John 17, the disciples have the privilege of listening to the Lord of Glory, the soon to be Crucified Lord pray only hours, perhaps minutes before He is arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane. Last week we heard ...read more
Contributed on Dec 27, 2014
The Supreme Excellence of Jesus is found in his Preeminence.
The Supreme Excellence of Jesus John 1:15-17 For many people today, Christmas is past history. But for those who believe in the wonderful person of Jesus Christ, the Name means Peace, Hope Everlasting, Infinite Grace and Love. For many December 25th IS finished, but for many, Christmas means ...read more
Contributed on Apr 8, 2016
Jesus gives the last of the "I AM" statements in John and explains the relationship of the True Vine and true believers. He explains the principle of abiding in Christ in order to produce God-glorifying fruit.
The True Vine John 15:1-11 Jesus often used every day examples in His teachings and today we study the last of the “I AM” sayings of Jesus in John’s gospel, using the imagery of a vine. We read John 15:1-17 (NKJV): "I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 ...read more
Contributed on Jun 2, 2015
The miracle of the man who had been lame for 38 years has many unique and unusual aspects; One is the question which Jesus asks him: "Do you want to be healed?" What would your answer be?
5 31 15 The Sabbath Healing at the Pool John 5:1-18 When you are sick for a long time, what is your hope? I want to get well; if you are a person of prayer, you would be praying for good health. If you were paralyzed for 38 years, would you have lost hope of ever walking again? The ...read more
Contributed on Jun 21, 2016
Jesus and Peter are being questioned simultaneously after Jesus' Arrest and Peter's triple denial is recorded by John's eyewitness account.
“Simultaneous Interrogations” John 18:12-27 We closed our last study with John 18:12: “Then the detachment of troops and the captain and the officers of the Jews arrested Jesus and bound Him.” (There really was no need to bind Jesus; He had given no resistance but here ...read more
Contributed on May 16, 2016
Jesus continues his walk toward Gethsemane and shares with the Disciples some of the contrasts which they would experience in the near future.
5 15 2016 “Contrasts to Come” John16:16-33 There are many ironies and contrasts in being a citizen of God’s Kingdom and a Follower of the Lord Jesus. Jesus covers some of those contrasts which the disciples would soon experience as He is walking on the way to the Garden of ...read more
Contributed on Mar 21, 2016
Jesus explains the compound unity between the Father and the Son
The Knowledge of Jesus and the Father John 14:6-11 In our last study we concluded with Jesus’ triple claim of exclusivity in John 14:6: Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Jesus is the only way to God the ...read more
Contributed on Oct 2, 2015
The word "come" is extremely important in the purpose and ministry of Jesus; it is also important in the teaching of salvation. We are taking a few weeks to understand the "coming of the Kingdom of God" in the gospels and Old Testament.
“The Coming of Christ in John” John 5:43 Did you ever notice how important little words are? Many times we might throw out “big two dollar words” with the intention of impressing people, but the ...read more
Contributed on Apr 8, 2016
Jesus answers the question, ""Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?" by giving some characteristics and promises of the Kingdom of God.
“A Kingdom Question” John 14: 22-31 Last week we concluded with Jesus’ statement in John 14:21: “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him." We saw ...read more
Contributed on Sep 15, 2015
The Holy One of Israel in the Old Testament, YHWH, Jehovah, is revealed as the Holy One of God, Jesus, in the New Testament through Peter's profession in John 6.
Jesus: The Holy One of God: John 6:64-71 I love preaching through books of the Bible because I always know where I will be preaching next week…and so will you! John 6 is a very powerful chapter and we have seen Jesus feed 5,000 men ...read more
Contributed on Feb 8, 2016
With Jesus' death only days away, Mary gives an extravagant gift in gratitude and thanksgiving while the leaders continue to plot Jesus' death and the Passover crowds throw a parade in Jesus' honor.
1 24 2016 “An Anointing, Another Plot, and a Parade” John 12: 1-19 In our last study we saw the Plot of the Pompous High Priest Caiaphas as well as his unknowing but true prophecy in John 11:49-50: "You know nothing at all, nor do you consider that it is expedient for us that one ...read more
Contributed on Dec 21, 2015
Jesus proclaims His fifth I AM statement, "I AM the Resurrection and the Life" and explains the meaning of his declaration.
The Promise of Resurrection and Life John 11:1-27 The time Jesus spent beyond the Jordan was short-lived and Jesus moves back into the area of Jerusalem in John 11, his death on the cross only days away. The rejection and hatred toward Jesus would not dim the unmistakable witness of the glory ...read more
Contributed on Mar 29, 2016
Jesus gives special encouragement to His disciples the night before His crucifixion. He explains the connection between loving God and keeping His commandments. He also gives the promise of resurrection to believers.
3 27 2016 “Keeping Commandments and Resurrection Promises” John 14:15-21 In John 14, Jesus is giving His disciples teaching and encouragement right before He goes to the cross. Last week we examined two things which happen when Jesus returned to the Father: Believers would have a ...read more
Contributed on May 24, 2016
Hours from Jesus' arrest and crucifixion, Jesus prays to His Father in regard to their eternal mutual glory.
“Jesus Prays to His Father” John 17:1-5 John 17 reveals the prayer of Jesus immediately before His arrest and crucifixion for those who would believe. It is often known as the High Priestly prayer of Jesus since He intercedes for Himself, His Disciples and for all those who would ...read more