Signs and Works in John’s Gospel — John 12:12-24

English: Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey

English: Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Signs and Works in John’s Gospel – John 12:12-24

C – O – L – T

See also: Zech. 9:9; Ps. 118:26; Matt. 21:9; Phil 3:9; Col. 3:17

Crowd – v. 12, 17 – In the crowd were witnesses to Lazarus’s resurrection. Now they were prepared to receive the Messiah. How short lived that would be.

Outcry – v. 13 – Hosanna. Take a moment and imagine the scene. People crowd the path that leads into the city and to the temple. They cast down their coats, put palm branches in the street, and cry out to God. Can you hear them cry out to God? They are praising God in the highest.

Legation – v. 21 – The Greeks came to Philip. He took them to Andrew. Andrew did what we should do. He led them to Jesus. This marked a turning point. There were men who wanted to see Jesus. In our generation there are men and women who want to do likewise. They need someone to serve as Andrew.

Threat – v. 19, 10-11 – To the leaders this was a threat. They were jealous. They were fearful. Their power was in danger if the crowd followed Jesus. So, they did something diabolical. They set in motion a plan to have Jesus killed.

Exemplary Story: It’s been many years since I worked at university with a community chapel on the campus. It was appropriately named All Saint’s Chapel. The chapel was a grand edifice with stone walls, high arches, beautiful stained glass, and ornate hardwood pews and furniture. The polished flagstone flooring was kept in perfect order. I was most interested to inquire from a student how things went during worship on Palm Sunday. My equestrian friend had arranged to bring a donkey to All Saint’s Chapel and lead her down the center aisle to the altar during the children’s presentation. Later I was pleased to hear the report, “It’ll never be the same again.”

Signs and Works in John’s Gospel — John 5:1-9, 13-15

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...

Stained glass at St John the Baptist’s Anglican Church http://www.stjohnsashfield.org.au, Ashfield, New South Wales. Illustrates Jesus’ description of himself “I am the Good Shepherd” (from the Gospel of John, chapter 10, verse 11). This version of the image shows the detail of his face. The memorial window is also captioned: “To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of William Wright. Died 6th November, 1932. Aged 70 Yrs.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Signs and Works in John’s Gospel – John 5:1-9, 13-15

A – H – E – A – D

See also: Jn. 5:21; Luke 13:15; Matt. 9:6; Jn. 7:11; I John 5:15-16; Psalm 86:5

Anxiety of Affliction – v. 5 – For 38 years the man lay ill. That is a long time to keep an illness.

Hearsay hope – vs. 4, 7 – The man’s hope was a wish and a superstition. He hoped an angle would solve the problem. It was something to cling to. Do you cling to hopes that are hearsay?

Encounter – vs. 6-8 — Jesus met the man and offered him a blessing if he would have it. During a course in pastoral counseling students were warned that they must always ask the patient’s permission to pray, etc. Jesus wanted to know if the man wanted his help.

Admonition – vs. 8, 14 – Before they could conclude their conversation Jesus and the man parted. Later Jesus has a word of advice: “Go and sin no more.” Have you ever noticed how Jesus was not focused on the seedy past of people. Surely that is a lesson. He is about preparing people for heaven.

Divine divulgence – vs. 15, 17 – There was now no doubt about who did this. The man proclaims that it was Jesus.

Exemplary story: A dear friend who claims to be an Aunt by marriage has a favorite saying. “The past is history. The future is a mystery. The present is a gift. So, enjoy it.”
Jesus allowed the man to put sin and sickness behind him. He gave the man a gift for the present, and he gave the man a hope to cast off the uncertainties of the future.

Signs and Works in John’s Gospel — John 4:46-54

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...

Stained glass at St John the Baptist’s Anglican Church http://www.stjohnsashfield.org.au, Ashfield, New South Wales. Illustrates Jesus’ description of himself “I am the Good Shepherd” (from the Gospel of John, chapter 10, verse 11). This version of the image shows the detail of his face. The memorial window is also captioned: “To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of William Wright. Died 6th November, 1932. Aged 70 Yrs.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Signs and works in John’s Gospel – John 4:46-54

L – U – N – C – H

See also: Rms. 1.17; Mk. 9:24; Jn. 3:18; Matt. 13:57; Is. 43:10

Legacy – v. 46-47 — Jesus’ reputation preceded him. When he entered Cana or Capernaum crowds flocked to him

Urgency – v. 47 — The boy is about to die. The father wonders if it is too late. Of course, it is only too late for the father if he does not reach Jesus.

Nobleman – v. 46 – The man who approaches Jesus is royalty. What good does his title do him now? Sometimes our privileges and ranks cannot avail when we are in dire need.

Chiding – v. 48 – Jesus is willing to heal. He has healed many. Why must they see to believe. It should be the opposite with them and us. If we would believe, then we would see.

Hour – v. 52-53. — The man makes his way back home. He meets one of his servants coming to him. The news is the best news. The boy is well. When? It happened on the lunch hour, 1 PM. It happened just when Jesus said it would. His word is law.

Exemplary story: Within the last decade businesses have begun to use a just-in-time inventory system with great success. The order is place and then the inventory is stocked and shipped. For centuries God has had in place a just-in-time system for answering prayer. Prayer is gets exciting when we come to appreciate that we receive answers at the very hour that the Master hears our prayers.

Studies in Daniel – Chapter 12

The prophet Daniel

The prophet Daniel (Photo credit: Lawrence OP)

Chapter 12

Daniel 12:1-4

See also: Rev. 20: 12-13; Exodus 32:33; I Thess. 4:15-16; I Cor. 15:52

A-W-A-K-E

Animosity will end v. 1 The time of distress and conflict will end.

Waiting will end v. 2 Deliverance will come.  The prophesies will be fulfilled.

Anxiety will end v. v. 1 If your name is written in the book, you will have no more worries. As Freshmen in a Christian college we signed a book called the “Book of Life”  We were enacting a drama that will come to pass at the end of the age.

Killing will end v. 2. They dead will awake to life.  The little children who were killed while they were going to church will live again.  Thanks be to God.  Here is an Old Testament reference to the coming resurrection.

Eternity will just begin v. 3. The wise and the righteous will shine for ever and ever.  The hymn writer asked, “Will there be any stars in your crown?”  For the faithful the answer is a resounding Yes.

Exemplary story:  JoAnn was not expecting an answer when she ended her phone call. She had just situated her two-year-old daughter in her car seat when the phone rang.  JoAnn’s husband had called to say that a worker had been injured on the job, and he was asked to stay late tonight to finish the daily quota, and he would be working through the weekend.  Their wedding anniversary plans would have to be postponed.  The baby sitter would not be needed for the evening. With tears in her eyes the mother spoke aloud without thinking and said, “When will it ever end?’ To her surprise the mother heard her two-year-old repeat a phrase she had picked up somewhere, “God only knows.”   JoAnn looked in the rearview mirror to see the two-year-old smiling contentedly.  This time JoAnn was thinking when she spoke aloud and said to her daughter, “Jen, you are so right.  God only knows.”  God knows the outcome of life, and from that we can take great comfort.