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Sep 19, 2021

Scripture Reading: John 12:12-26

After being hailed as the Messiah, the King of the Jews (Jn 12:12-19), Jesus is shown to be Sovereign over the Gentiles as well (Jn 12:20,21,32). Jesus did, in fact, come as the fulfillment of Old Testament promises of a king. But He did not come, the first time, to be the kind of ruler...

Sep 12, 2021

Scripture Reading: John 12-1-11


            This section in John 12 is a study in contrast.  Mary, the sister of Lazarus, displays her deep devotion to and adoration of Jesus, on the one hand.  Judas displays his deep contempt for Jesus, on the other hand.  Jesus divides people into those two categories, and there is...

Sep 5, 2021

Scripture Reading: John 11:45-57

Though it is not mentioned in word, the gospel of Christ is at the center of this passage. The rejection of Jesus has now taken institutional form. John 11:47 says that "the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered the council." This is a reference to the Sanhedrin Council in Israel and...