Though John did not record it, Luke included a very tragic line in his record of the Last Supper: “A dispute also arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest”(Luke 22:24). Even at the Last Supper, with the shadow of the cross approaching, the disciples were in a dispute over who is greater
Jesus said that one of you is going to betray me and the Twelve is clean, though not every one of them. He was referring to Judas. The uncleanness of Judas, to whom Jesus alluded by his remark, was not in his feet but in his heart. This unclean one, the betrayer is at the… Continue reading HE IMMEDIATELY WENT OUT; AND IT WAS NIGHT
The older I grow the more I ponder Judas Iscariot. He came so near to not betraying Jesus. He was a loyal disciple. It took courage to join that little band, and Judas had it. Then doubts began. What kind of Messiah was this who refused violent revolution and talked about loving one’s enemies? Was… Continue reading FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT
After the departure of Judas now only the eleven and Jesus remain in the upper room. In this place Jesus calls his beloved disciples ‘little children’ for the first time. His deeplove towards the disciples is embedded in this word. In a little while Jesus must leave his loving disciples behind in the hostile world. He alone will depart. In this word lurks the heart of Jesus.
Peter asks: “Lord, where are you going? Lord, why can’t I follow you now?” The Lord’s heart must have warmed again to his friend Peter. Judas in the end refused to have a loving relationship with Jesus. Instead a beautiful relationship of love was formed between Jesus and Peter.
The disciples followed Jesus leaving their boat, net, father, and everything else behind. What is being unfolded before them now? Jesus is leaving them and is going to a place where they cannot follow him. And it is not happening in the distant future but is happening now.
Philip asked Jesus to show him the Father. Philip is no different from Thomas, who did not witness the resurrected Jesus and therefore insisted unless he sees the nailmarks in Jesus’ hands, puts his finger where the nails were, and puts his hand into his side, he will not believe (20:25).It is necessary of us… Continue reading THE FATHER AND THE SON
Jesus says, “If you love me, you will obey what I command.” Love is always the first and the last and beginning and ending in the teaching of Jesus. The life of Jesus was started because he came from heaven by love and he lived the life of love and returned to heaven because of… Continue reading IF YOU LOVE ME
An impressive picture of Calvary can be seen in the National Gallery in London. Christ is on the cross, almost hidden in the darkness. At first the one who looks observes nothing in the blackness and through it in the dim figure of the suffering Christ. But if his gaze does not falter, he glimpses… Continue reading SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT
This night is the last night of Jesus being together with the disciples. Tomorrow Jesus dies. Now the Lord leaves and the disciples will be left in this world. Despair, emptiness, and the waves of perplexity and terror are sweeping through them as the night gets deeper. The Lord of love promises them, “I will… Continue reading WE WILL COME TO HIM AND MAKE OUR HOME WITH HIM
The love and obedience of the Lord are truly amazing. The cross of shame and curse became the cross of the greatest love in the love and obedience of the Lord. May our hearts be humbler as we listen to the story of the cross. May we never let go of this precious truth of life and embed it in our hearts forever. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
The vine lives to give us lifeblood. Its flower is small, its fruit abundant and when that fruit is mature and the vine has for a moment becomes glorious, the treasure of the grapes is torn down and the vine is cut back to the stem and next year blooms again. Truly Jesus lived the life of the true vine.
Jesus, filled with the love of God, loved us. May we also live the life of love, full of love given by Jesus. As Jesus kept the Father’s commands and was in his love, may we also keep his commands, be in his love, and enjoy the true joy of the Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Lord, you knew us before we knew you. You loved us first, called, chose us and made us your friends. It is truly amazing grace and a beautiful world. We wish to know you and love you just as you knew us and loved us. May we not spill out the precious grace with which you called us and chose us. May we act out your word in love and be your true friends. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
The greatest hatred of the world was revealed on the cross. But on the same cross the most magnificent love of the Lord was manifested ever so clearly to the whole world. The world hated but the Lord did not repay the hatred with hatred. Instead the Lord gave the greatest love to the world. You gave your life on the cross. May we resemble the Lord and overcome the world with love though it hates us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
How Christ’s death takes away thy sins thou wilt never know on earth-perhaps not in heaven. It is a mystery which thou must believe and adore. But why He died, thou canst see at the first glance, if thou hast a human heart and wilt look at what God means thee to look at-Christ upon… Continue reading THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT
Until Jesus had come men had never had the opportunity really and fully to know God; they had never fully heard the voice of God, and they had never seen fully demonstrated the kind of life which God wished them to live. When the time had come, Jesus came to the world and clearly demonstrated… Continue reading HE WHO HATES ME HATES MY FATHER ALSO
The night when the shadow of death was approaching the Lord did not look after himself, but he was concerned about his disciples who would be left behind. Knowing that the disciples to face all kinds of hardships, he exhorted and taught the most important messages one by one, which the disciples were to engrave… Continue reading YET NONE OF YOU ASKS ME, ‘WHERE ARE YOU GOING?’
The Lord promised to send the Holy Spirit after his departure. The disciples may not be with the Lord in the flesh, but it was for their greater good; the Lord can now be with them in every moment of their lives surpassing the boundaries of the flesh. Not knowing that the Holy Spirit was… Continue reading THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth (14:17). The Spirit guides the believers into all truth of God, the great work of the Spirit is to bring God’s truth to men. We have a special name for this bringing of God’s truth to men; we call it revelation. The Spirit comes to us and… Continue reading WHEN THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH COMES