Posts from January 2016

Posts from January 2016

John 19: The Death of Christ

John now shows us the great sign to which his gospel has been pointing – the cross of Christ.  He has carefully selected seven statements and seven signs to answer the question, “Who is Jesus and how can I be certain that his claims are true?” These statements each begin with the declaration “I am”: 1. “I am the bread of life” (6:35, 41, 48-51) 2. “I am the light of the world” (8:12, 9:5) 3. “I am the door…
Neil Silverberg

John 16: The Special Helper

In his Upper Room dialogue with his disciples, Jesus mentioned several times the special Helper he would send from the Father to assist them. The disciples were devastated by his announcement he was soon going away and they would see him no more. But then he astounded them with his announcement it was “to their advantage that I go away.” How could it possibly be to their advantage that the Son of God—he whom they have come to believe in…

John 14: We Do Not Have to Worry!

Jesus words in John 14, “Do not let your heart be troubled…” have brought great comfort to Christians through the ages.  But there is a good reason Jesus told his disciples this. Sitting in that upper room, there was a lot to be troubled by. The crescendo of opposition against Jesus from the religious leaders was growing to a fever pitch. They were out to get Jesus, and everyone knew it. In fact, Jesus had just predicted his own death. He had just spoken…

Attention Trivia Buffs

For all of the trivia buffs out there, what is the shortest verse in the Bible? If you answered John 11:35, “Jesus wept”, you are mostly correct. That is the shortest verse in the King James Version but it is actually the 3rd shortest in the original Greek language. What’s the point you might ask. Sometimes things are a little more complicated than they appear on the surface. Let’s look together at the story and see if we can figure…

John 9: Jesus and the Man Born Blind

In John 9, we have the account of Jesus healing a man who had been born blind.   This is the only miracle in the gospels where the sufferer is spoken of as being disabled from birth. The chapter falls out nicely into three parts. First, is the account of the healing itself (9:1-7), then there is the interrogation of the blind man by his neighbors and the Pharisees (9:8-34) and at the end, Jesus reenters the story to teach us…
Neil Silverberg

John 6: King of Kings or King of Things?

“When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself” (John 6:15) In the sixth chapter of John, we have John’s account of one of the most stupendous miracles of Jesus’ ministry; the feeding of the five thousand. It is one of the seven signs John chose and around which he organized his Gospel. Along with the account of this miraculous deed, John also…

John 4: Lift Your Eyes

Jesus was doing things all wrong: He left a fruitful and popular ministry in Judea and went where most Jews would not go: Samaria. He spoke to the wrong person (a woman) and He did it in the wrong place (in public). But in reality, Jesus was doing all the right things. He obeyed the leading of the Spirit. He saw what God was doing in a woman’s heart and he spoke to her greatest need. He allowed room for…