Apr. 10 – Jesus and the Gift of the Spirit

Apr. 10 – Jesus and the Gift of the Spirit

In preparing his disciples for his departure, Jesus promises that he will not leave them alone—they will receive the gift of his Spirit. The Holy Spirit comes as our advocate; he points us to Jesus and encourages our obedience. Interestingly, in the context of discussing the Holy Spirit, Jesus promi…

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Apr. 3 – Jesus and the Road to the Cross

Apr. 3 – Jesus and the Road to the Cross

At this point in the storyline, Jesus is moving intentionally and methodically towards the cross. Yet, even as the major storyline unfolds, there are meaningful smaller stories along the way—stories that reveal the nature of Jesus’ work. These include two scenes in Jericho where Jesus heals the blin…

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Mar. 27 – Jesus and the Mission

Mar. 27 – Jesus and the Mission

After beginning to talk opening about his impending death, Jesus takes several disciples up the mountain to reveal his glory. The experience of the transfiguration challenges the disciples to see that Jesus’ glory is not inconsistent with his impending death—glory and suffering are not contradictory…

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Mar. 20 – Jesus, the Son of God

Mar. 20 – Jesus, the Son of God

After beginning to talk opening about his impending death, Jesus takes several disciples up the mountain to reveal his glory. The experience of the transfiguration challenges the disciples to see that Jesus’ glory is not inconsistent with his impending death—glory and suffering are not contradictory…

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Mar. 13 – Following Jesus

Mar. 13 – Following Jesus

As Jesus’ journey now moves toward Jerusalem, he challenges his disciples to understand his identity. Jesus’ conversation reveals a danger we face: we may be tempted to define Jesus on our own terms. After raising the question of his own identity, Jesus turns to the identity of his disciples. To be…

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