Good Friday Reflection

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John 19. It seems at first that Jesus is hold onto full control of the situation – Pilate really didn’t want to hand Jesus over to be crucified. Jesus confirms His sovereignty – not as a king in the sense that those around were thinking, but as King for all people through His sovereignty as […]

The pull of betrayal and denial.

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John 13. John 18. The move from Jesus setting an example to His disciples of the fullness of love, faithfulness, and being self-giving (John 13), to all that happened in the garden of Gethsemane (John 18), is a huge shift. It takes us through a claim of loyalty, prediction of denial, and on to the […]

A declaration of triumph.

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John 12: 12-19. As Jesus arrived in Jerusalem to begin His final journey to the cross, there were divided opinions in the crowd. These ranged from those who were genuinely welcoming their Messiah for who He truly was, to those who were anticipating more of a regular / earthly perspective of His kingship, and on […]

Recognised with extravagance.

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John 12: 1-11 Whilst Jesus was being honoured at the home of Lazarus, Mary recognised His greatness with sheer extravagance. Perhaps Judas was right to ask if the money could have been better spent on helping the poor, but Mary wanted to give the best that she could to her Lord. How do we compare? […]

Will you believe?

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John 10: 22 – 42. What will it take for us to see “life in all its fullness” being offered to us by Jesus as our Lord and Saviour? Those who have been listening to Jesus are still asking, “When are you finally going to tell us if you really are the Christ?”. That must […]

Love and authority.

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John 10: 14-18. We tend to be more willing to listen, and so will happily pay more attention, when we know that the voice we are hearing carries some level of authority. Not “authority” in terms of enforcing rules, so much as “authority” in terms of the voice of a person who we can easily […]

Listen carefully.

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John 10: 14 – 18. To be the “good shepherd” Jesus has followed the “command I received from my Father” (vs. 18). Jesus has had to listen and understand fully to be able then to be the perfect example of “life in all its fullness”. Now it’s His turn, and others need to listen to […]

The perspective of a sheep.

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John 10: 11-13. Most of the time when we see sheep in a field they are head down, munching grass, seemingly oblivious to what’s going on around them. But if you try to get close to them, they’ll soon show you that they knew you were coming by running away. If they had heard the […]

The perspective of the Good Shepherd.

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John 10: 11-13. For Jesus to say “I am the Good Shepherd” He was taking direct responsibility for the sheep as their owner – they belong to Him. He sets that alongside the example of the shepherd who was just hired to do a job – they may be known by the sheep who are […]

Don’t be deceived.

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John 10: 7-10. As we keep “the gate” in view for a bit longer, we need to make sure that we really understand why Jesus described Himself as the only “gate” that leads to being saved, compared to everyone else who might have made the same claim, but who were actually deceiving people. Was Jesus […]