Monthly Archives: May 2014

Judas-the-Betrayer-of-Him

John is very consistent whenever he refers to Judas Iscariot in his gospel.  Whenever he refers to Judas, John somewhere puts in the context that this is the Judas who betrayed Jesus.  In our context he does this in verse … Continue reading

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Martha, Lazarus, and Mary

We are into John 12.1-11 and I’m struck by the way that John portrays the three siblings, Martha, Lazarus, and Mary as he recounts Mary’s act of devotion for Jesus.  They are all three significant. Martha – “Martha served,” John … Continue reading

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Fun with Verb Tenses [No Really!]

  I’ve taken a screenshot of the ESV with the verb tenses colorized because John really reveals the character of Judas Iscariot (betrayer of Jesus) for us here, but if we don’t pay attention to—you guessed it—verb tenses, then we … Continue reading

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Book of Signs/Book of Glory

It is difficult to outline the Gospel of John [just check a couple of commentaries and see how widely the outlines diverge].  Undoubtedly one of John’s purposes in writing his gospel was not to have a tidy outline that would … Continue reading

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“One Man Should Die” – Oh, the Irony

“One of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all! You’re not considering that it is to your advantage that one man should die for the people rather than the whole nation … Continue reading

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Three Words

“After He said this, He shouted with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out bound hand and foot with linen strips and with his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him and … Continue reading

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Believing is Seeing

“Jesus said to her, “Didn’t I tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?”(John 4.40, HCSB) Jesus’ response to Martha’s warning about Lazarus’ state of decay. Some thoughts: Seeing is not enough. – This seems crazy, … Continue reading

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