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‘He asked him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?”’ (John 21:17 HCSB).

June 2, 2021

THE LOVE THAT WILL NOT BE DENIED The night Jesus was betrayed, Peter denied Him three times before the rooster crowed, just as Jesus had warned. Surely Peter, the “Rock,” was still struggling with his personal failure when the Lord appeared to His disciples for the third time after His resurrection. Indeed, Peter had become

‘When Jesus saw His mother and the disciple He loved standing there, He said to His mother, “Woman, here is your son.” Then He said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.”‘ (John 19:26-27 HCSB).

May 31, 2021

CHRIST’S THIRD WORD FROM THE CROSS Reading the four gospels together, there are seven last words of Jesus recorded. Anyone’s last words are considered important, so shouldn’t our Lord Jesus’ words be even more so? This is the third of Jesus’ last words from the cross. It is a word of care for his mother

“Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it, struck the high priest’s slave, and cut off his right ear (The slave’s name was Malchus.)” (John 18:10 HCSB).

May 29, 2021

DID JESUS GIVE MALCHUS EARS TO HEAR? All of the gospels tell the story of the high priest’s servant losing an ear to one of the disciple’s swords. Yet, only John names names. We are not surprised to learn that the sword belonged to Simon Peter, but we are somewhat amazed to learn the name

“Now I am coming to You, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have My joy completed in them” (John 17:13 HCSB).

May 28, 2021

CHRIST’S JOY COMPLETED IN US What is this joy that resides in Christ? Isn’t it the continual, irrepressible joy that He shares in fellowship with the Father? As Jesus prayed in anticipation for His return to the Father, He prayed that we might become one in this same fellowship. And by being one in fellowship

“I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world” (John 16:33 HCSB).

May 27, 2021

YOU CAN HAVE PEACE AMIDST SUFFERING True peace is not found in a trouble-free place, but in a Person. This peace is not about the absence of trouble, but the abiding presence of Jesus Christ. For trials and sorrows are inevitable in this world, but Christ has overcome them all. So, true peace is found

“I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without Me” (John 15:5 HCSB).

May 26, 2021

ARE YOU ABIDING IN CHRIST? The abundant life begins with salvation, yet here in John 15, Jesus is speaking of the fruitful life that becomes evident as we continually remain in Him. We understand that our salvation is accomplished by Christ and by no effort of our own. Yet, after receiving this salvation, we often

“Because I live, you will live too. ” (John 14:19 HCSB).

May 25, 2021

BECAUSE HE LIVES Jesus encouraged His disciples with the promise of His resurrection life. For in His coming resurrection, He would provide for them both proof and pledge of their own resurrection and life.   Because He lives we have proof that Christ is the Victor over sin, death and the grave. The tomb is

“So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet” (John 13:14 HCSB).

May 23, 2021

SERVE ONE ANOTHER On the night of the last supper, Jesus got up from the table, laid aside His robe, took a towel and tied it around His waist, then He poured water in a basin and began to wash His disciples feet, drying them with the towel. Peter told Jesus that He would never

‘Then the crowd replied to Him, “We have heard from the scripture that the Messiah will remain forever. So how can You say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this Son of Man?”’ (John 12:34 HCSB).

May 22, 2021

WHO IS THIS SON OF MAN? Those who called out to Jesus from the crowd were correct to assume that “Son of Man” was in fact a Messianic title. Certainly, it was the title of the exalted figure that appeared before the throne of God in the prophet Daniel’s vision in Daniel 7. So serious

Jesus said to them, “Loose him and let him go”‘ (John 11:44 HCSB).

May 20, 2021

NEW LIFE, NEW CLOTHES! When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, He instructed his family and friends to help him out of his graveclothes. Surely the clothes must have smelled of death just as Martha had warned, for Lazarus had been dead for four days. The dead man Lazarus was raised to life by the