NT Bible Reading Blog (Page 3)

NT Bible Reading Blog (Page 3)

John 15 | The Simple Secret of Discipleship

“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.” John 15.4 Through the metaphor of a vineyard, Jesus paints a vivid picture here of the intended relationship between believers and Christ. He had already anticipated the hope for this relationship in 14.23 when he said, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him,…

John 14 | Christ our Comforter

Written by Ally Seiple How many times have you been faced with a desperate situation that has left you with a troubled heart? When I was a senior in high school, I remember being at a crossroad in my life and searching for direction to find my best path. I didn’t quite know where I was going or what exactly I was going to do, I just knew I had to decide… And soon. I remember spending that summer after…

John 13 | A Friendship Sampler

After saying these things, Jesus was troubled in his spirit, and testified, “Truly, truly. I say to you, one of you will betray me.” (John 13:2) When I was a young girl, a friend hand stitched a sampler, framed it, and gave it to me as a gift. It’s stitched message reads “All the wealth of the world could not buy a friend.”  When we visualize this dramatic scene in John 13, we see a friend who is a perfect…

John 12 | The Desperate Need of Awful Mankind For An Awesome God

“Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.” John 12:25-26 A dear friend, mentor and pastor for over 30 years frequently asks me: “Do I hate my life?”  Depending on my mood, I answer in a variety of ways. On a…

John 11 | 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 10 | The Good Shepherd

I don’t believe there is any description of Jesus Christ that is more beautiful than that of the Good Shepherd. Of course, the idea of our Savior being a shepherd is not new. The twenty-third Psalm is probably the best-known passage in all of Scripture. In it, David describes our Lord and Savior caring for and providing for him as a shepherd. Isaiah 40:11 is one of the most beautiful Old Testament passages describing our Savior as a shepherd caring…

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…

John 8 | Three in One – and it’s not Shampoo We’re Talking About!

“So Jesus said to them, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority, but speak just as the Father taught me.”  (John 8:28 ESV)J I remember several years ago while watching a YouTube video, a question was asked of this biblical apologetics teacher to explain the Trinity.  Dr. Nabel Qureshi said, “It is important to be able to articulate the doctrine of the Trinity if you…

John 7 | How’d You Know That?

Have you ever been in a situation where you knew you needed to say something and had no idea what to say? I see those hands, we’ve all been there at one time or another. During my freshman year at college one of my closest friends there sent me a text saying that she had just gone through a breakup. I quickly headed over to her dorm where two of our friends had already gathered to hear what happened and…

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…