Some questions in the Gospel of Mark

We look at some questions (not all, of course) which occur through the Gospel of Mark and saw them as markers (or anchors) to follow the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Studies Introduction: Preparing the way for the Messiah Have You come to destroy us? Who can forgive sins but God alone? … Continue reading Some questions in the Gospel of Mark

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A New Life – “I am The resurrection and the Life”

A New Life - “I am The resurrection and the Life” Read John 11:1-57 The themes of “life” (“eternal life”) and “death” (“spiritual death” and “blindness”, as well as “believe”, operate very prominently is this chapter of John.  Add to this references like “”God’s glory” and “the son must be glorified” (11:4), “daylight” (“light”), night … Continue reading A New Life – “I am The resurrection and the Life”

Study 9: A New Shepherd – He laid down his life for his sheep

Study 9:  A New Shepherd - He laid down his life for his sheep Read John 10:1-40 Introductory remarks The previous chapter of John is dedicated to restoring sight (see, seeing, light, believe, etc.).  the sight of the man born blind was restored.  He confesses, “I was blind but now I see.” (9:25). The healed … Continue reading Study 9: A New Shepherd – He laid down his life for his sheep

Study 8: A New Fountain – the Holy Spirit

Study 8:  A New Fountain - the Holy Spirit Read John 7:1-39 In the previous paragraph (6:60-71) we read familiar words:  “accept”, “Spirit”, “life”, “word”, “speak”, “believe”, “know” “beginning” (all of these concepts are introduced in John 1) What stands out: Flesh counts for nothing; (the flesh is no help at all.)  See John 1:13, … Continue reading Study 8: A New Fountain – the Holy Spirit

A New Food – true bread from heaven

A New Food - true bread from heaven Read John 6:25-59 In verses 1-24 two events took place: 1:15:  Our Lord fed the 5,000.  In verse 14 the people saw the miracle and showed signs of working out that He must be The Prophet (see John 1:25).  Here we also pick up another ongoing theme:  Jesus knew their intentions (6:15) 15-24:  … Continue reading A New Food – true bread from heaven

A New People – A harvest who worship God in Spirit and truth

Study Six:  A New People - A harvest who worship God in Spirit and truth Read John 4:1-42 John continues with certain themes we came across in the previous chapters: Water: in chapter 2 He changed water into wine in chapter three He states that man must be born of water and the Spirit The … Continue reading A New People – A harvest who worship God in Spirit and truth

A New Temple – Christ, our access to God

Study Four:  A New Temple - Christ, our access to God Read John 2:12-24 It is interesting to see John mentioning the Jewish festivals with regularity.  He mentioned at least three Passovers, as well as other festivals. The Passover was one of the three major festivals which had to be celebrated in Jerusalem, the temple … Continue reading A New Temple – Christ, our access to God

A new Order – the Heavenly Groom reveals his glory

Study 3:  A new Order - the Heavenly Groom reveals his glory Read John 2:1-11 Chapters 2:1-4:54 are organised to convey what Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:17: ‘the old has gone, the new has come!’ ‘The three chapters present the replacement of the old purifications by the wine of the kingdom of God, the old … Continue reading A new Order – the Heavenly Groom reveals his glory