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Jesus in the hours before his sufferings and death on behalf of sinful people spent several hours seeking to prepare them. He spoke of leaving them. First a short leaving by his death and burial but in a little while you will see me again. He is prophesying his third day resurrection. Then of a much longer departure when he returns to the Father. I…
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Jesus' ascension into heaven after 40 days of pos- resurrection appearances and detailed instructios is related by Luke in his gospel in chapter 24 verse 50-53 and by him in Acts 1. Jesus spoke of returning to his Father. Why did Jesus need to return to heaven after his resurrection from the dead--
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In his grace Jesus not only forgave a repentant Peter on the day of his resurrection but he restored Peter 3 weeks later to his role as an apostle. John records this intimate conversation between Jesus and Peter on the shore of Lake Galilee in John 21. For every denial Peter had uttered- I do not know the man- Jesus now allows him to confess his pe…
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Although Simon Peter loved Jesus of Nazareth in the hour of trial when Peter from the courtyard was identified as a follower of Jesus, he denied even knowing him- How could this happen-- The tragic denial by Peter is recorded in all four gospel narratives. How can the designated leader of the apostles and the confessor of Jesus' messiahship deny ev…
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On several occasions during his three year ministry Jesus told his disciples about his coming suffering, death, and resurrection. But he also informed them, as we see in John's Gospel, on numerous times of his coming ascension to the Father. -In verse 28 of John 16 we see--1. Jesus' Preexistence with the Father-2. Jesus' Presence with His People-3.…
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The Apostle Peter is the great example of a true confessor of Jesus Christ. In Matthew 16-16, in answer to Jesus' question to his disciples as to who people were saying he was, Peter declared, -You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.- -On another occasion in John 6, after many of the followers of Jesus were deserting him, Jesus asked his dis…
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There are more personal interactions recorded concerning Peter and Jesus than all the other apostle's combined. Simon Peter was one the earliest disciples having been brought to meet Jesus by his brother Andrew. After the great confession of Jesus as the Christ -Messiah- the Son of the Living God he and his confession shared by all the apostle's be…
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After an exhausting night of unsuccessful fishing, seven of Jesus' disciples had a surprise encounter with their risen Lord on the shore of Lake Tiberias. Jesus not only convincingly revealed his physical, bodily resurrection to a group of his disciples for the third time, but he even prepared breakfast of fish and bread for them. -This passage is …
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Paul writes to Timothy concerning our Lord Jesus. God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity, 10 but now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and i…
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The apostle Thomas was not present when Jesus first showed himself in his resurrected body to the Apostles on the evening of the day he arose from the dead. When his fellow apostles told him he refused to believe unless he saw for himself Jesus' body bearing the marks of his crucifixion. Jesus accommodated himself to Thomas and commanded Thomas to …
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The day of Jesus' resurrection was very busy with his comings and goings to several people and climaxed in the evening with his first appearance to a group of ten of his apostles.-Jesus is raised in the physical body of incarnation and death which is now raised an immortal body. Jesus bestows his peace upon the disciples. He then gives his commissi…
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A most unique attribute of the living God, Yahweh, is his immortality. Christians many times use this term incorrectly. The Bible says God alone is immortal.--1 Timothy 1-17-To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.--1 Timothy 6-13-16-13 I command you, in the sight of God who gives life t…
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The two events of Resurrection morning according to John's Gospel are presented in this sermon. In this passage we see--I. The Astonishing Empty Tomb v.1-10-II. Mary's Deep Devotion to Jesus v.11-17-III. The Reality of Christ's Physical Resurrection v. 14-17-IV. Christ's Announcement of his Ascension v.17 V. Jesus' Unfailing Love for His Unfaithful…
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A primary reason why Christians know that Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah, the Promised Anointed One, the Redeemer, is the predicted prophecies that are fulfilled in his life. Psalm 22 is a detailed picture of Jesus' sufferings on the cross. Both Matthew and John relate this in their accounts. Matthew records the behavior of people and Jesus' inne…
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After Jesus' arrest he was taken to the residence of Annas for a pretrial hearing which failed to produce a charge. From there he was taken to the Temple where a council was hastily summoned before daylight. False witnesses were called but no witness proved credible. Ultimately the High Priest by an oath compelled Jesus to answer the question, -I a…
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When the soldiers came to arrest Jesus in the garden grove where he had been praying he went out and said to them, -Who is it that you're seeking---- -Jesus of Nazareth,- they answered. He answered, -I am-. At this manifestation of his nature they fell down.-When Peter drew a hand sword and cut off the ear of servant of the High Priest, Jesus rebuk…
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In this passage we see that--1-3 -The Forces of evil set their plan in motion.-v. 4 - Jesus was not surprised by what was happening. -v. 5,8 - Jesus plainly declares his deity. -v. 9 - Jesus fulfills his own word of promise to guard his disciples.-v. 10 - Weapons of the world will not accomplish God's will.-v.11 - Jesus' commitment to drinking the …
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Jesus spoke of his approaching -hour- a number of times throughout his ministry. He used this term to refer to his coming crucifixion on the cross. The whole trajectory of his life pointed to the cross. It was there in behalf of his people that Jesus accomplished reconciliation between the holy God and a sinful people, became the propitiation for t…
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On the day of his triumph ride into Jerusalem two of Jesus' disciple approach him with a request. Some visiting Greeks who had come to Jerusalem for the Passover wish to meet with him personally. Rather that happened or not we are not told. Jesus took the occasion of the Greeks request to reveal the truth of his unfolding destiny. His hour, the hou…
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A Biblical exposition of the message Jesus the day after his supernatural came feeding of more than five thousand people by multiplying five small loves and two fish. The message takes the form of questions and responses.Jesus claims to be the Bread of Life who ame from the Father in heaven to give his flesh for the life of those whom the Father dr…
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The visit of the Jews with Jesus at the synagogue in Capernaum the day after he had fed them by the multiplication of the loaves and fish took the form of a series of questions. Questions are asked for various reasons such as information, to further a discussion, to express unbelief or belief, to express disapproval. This podcast reviews these ques…
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In this passage we see that Jesus, the Bread of life--6-41-42,46 -is heaven sent but earthly connected. -the Incarnation--6-44-45 -is given to those whom the Father draws to his Son. . - Effectual calling-election- -47 - 50 -must be believed and eaten. -Salvation by faith with personal commitment.--49-50 - cancels the power of death. -Christ's resu…
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One of the greatest signs that Jesus did that bolstered his apostle's faith in it was the feeding of the Five Thousand men plus. It is recorded in all four of the gospel narratives. Reading from John's account with some additional information from the other narratives we can relate day's the event . We can observe some obvious applications.…
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This podcast relates Jesus' third messianic sign in his healing of a paralyzed man in one of the Temple porch areas. The man had been in this condition for 38 years but on this day Jesus at the Father's direction heals him. He miraculously restores his limbs so that he instantly got up and walked carrying his own pallet. And it was the Sabbath--Now…
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On the mountainside that day, five thousand hungry and tired men, along with their families, were before Jesus and his disciples. Only five barley loaves and two fish were found to feed this multitude. What could be done-- In this incident we see--I. The Overwhelming Need-II. The Meager Supply-III. The Abundant Provision-IV. The Inescapable Conclus…
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Nicodemus , a ruler of the Jews, came to visit Jesus during the early days of his ministry in Judea. He said to Jesus, -Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.- Jesus startled him with a discourse on his need to be born again by the sovereign work of the Spirit. He then …
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Christians are referred to as God's Temple twice in Paul's letter to the Corinthians. Interestingly, Paul uses the pronoun -you- to refer to the group, a plural -you,- in 1 Corinthians 3-16-17, but later he uses the singular -you- in 1 Corinthians 6-19. This podcast considers the practical applications of the truth that we are God's Temple in both …
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A certain class of prophecy watchers are looking to developments in Israel to detect any sign of a rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem. To them this would be the signal of the end of the world. Perhaps in light of the New Testament we might need to listen closely to Jesus' teaching about the temple and the proper worship of God. Ezekiel's vision …
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After cleansing the Temple is Jerusalem in his early days of ministry Jesus answered the Temple authorities question about his authority to do this with a cryptic statement. Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up. John explains that jesus was speaking of his body. The utterance came true when Jesus was raised from the dead and asc…
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At Jesus' first cleansing of the temple by his zealous chasing out the marketplace animals, with the sellers and money changers, the temple authorities asked for a sign for the authority by which he was displaying such a drastic action. Jesus gave them a veiled sign based on the concept of type and its fulfillment. -Destroy this temple and in three…
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John's gospel narrative is structured around the signs that testify to Jesus as the Messiah, the Son of God. They function to reveal his nature, his character, and his divine mission. They are done so that people will believe in him. The healing of the royal official 's son from a distance of many miles demonstrates that Jesus is the life-giver bec…
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In this, Jesus' first cleansing of the temple, we see--I. The Disturbing Practice -II. The Decisive Action -III. The Devoted Son -IV. The Devout Worshipper--Jesus's zeal to protect the worship of Yahweh from corruption in the temple was seen as the now baptized, anointed Messiah exerts his Messianic authority in expelling the merchandizers from the…
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The concept of sign is very prominent in the Gospel Narrative of John. It is an organizing principle of his witness to Jesus as the Messiah. Soon after Jesus has gathered his first disciples, 5 in all, they go to Cana in Galilee because they were invited to a wedding feast. It was probably a relative of Mary and Jesus who was the bridegroom. When t…
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Jesus' baptism was a defining moment in his ministry because-.--I. It revealed that he was the One whom John the Baptist was preparing the people to receive. -REVELATION - The revelation that he was the divine Messiah-II. It revealed Jesus' full identification with his people in their need of forgiveness for their sins. -IDENTIFICATION - His identi…
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After Jesu' baptism by John he begins to gather his disciples. The first two, John and Andrew, were disciples of John who now begin to follow Jesus. Andrew enlist his brother Simeon -Peter-. Jesus then finds Philip who in turn enlist his best friend, Nathaniel. Nathaniel's encounter wit Jesus leads to this first confession of a disciple to Jesus id…
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John the Baptizer was the appointed fore-runner prophet of the Messiah -Malachi 3-1-4- Isaiah 40-3- Luke 1-5-80-. God sent him to proclaim the arrival of the kingdom of God through the Messiah. John received the sign of water immersion for repentance for heart preparation to receive the Christ when he arrived. God told John that he would know for c…
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-The Word became flesh and dwelt among us...-John 1-14- - is a key text in the New Testament which focuses on the mystery and glory of the incarnation. The context makes clear that the Word is Jesus Christ. The first three verses of John 1 reveal that the Word is the eternal Son of God who lived in fellowship with God in all eternity- he was, in fa…
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John's gospel or good news testimonial to Jesus' person and nature is summarized in this key verse- And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. -John 1-14 ESV--Who is this Word-- What is the nature and purpose of his coming-- To fully grasp the meaning …
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In Psalm 89 we see--I. Yahweh's integrity is unfailingly dependable. v.1-18-II. Yahweh's covenant with David was backed up by Yahweh's unfailing integrity. v. 19-37-III. Yahweh is questioned about his seeming rejection of his covenant with David. v. 38-51-IV. Yahweh is to be blessed forever. v. 52--Yahweh's covenant with King David to place one of …
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Jesus of Nazareth , the son of Mary, unlike anyone else. existed before he was conceived and born. He existed from eternity. Although he was born a true human male of the tribe of Judah, descended from Abraham through Isaac and Jacob and from the line of David, he had a prior life of Deity which continued unabated, but then he added to himself huma…
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Psalm 110 verse 1 is the most quoted of Old Testament verses in the New Testament. It's proper interpretation is dependent upon the identity of the speaker in each section. Jesus in his encounters with the Scribes and Pharisees cited this psalm as a key to his identity as the Son of David. Paul in his letter to Timothy said Jesus as the Sonof David…
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Christians rightly celebrate the birth of Jesus of Nazareth the son of Mary because it was in fulfillment of God's promise to send a Deliverer, a Redeemer. And he came--This unique Son of God, the Word taking to himself human nature offered himself as the atoning sacrifice for our sins. He died. He was buried in the cave. Three days later in that b…
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Paul details in Ephesians 6 the spiritual armor our Lord has provided for each of his disciples, his soldiers. The last grouping is found in Ephesians 6-16-18- In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one- and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is…
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