Feb 25 2017
Jesus said ‘I am the bread of life,’ but speaking to the Samaritan woman he claimed to be the source of the water of life. We need spiritual water as well as spiritual bread.
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Apr 1 2015
Luke 19:1-10 Jesus sees Zacchaeus in the tree and invites himself to his house – he still does it!
Jesus said, “Zaccheus come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” What a day that must have been! Few who heard Jesus got to meet him personally. Think of the 5000 who ate his multiplied bread. Those at the back just met the ushers! But on this day a mere spectator watching from a tree would have his moment. And he wouldn’t just get to talk to Jesus; he would have him round for dinner!
Zaccheus didn’t think a man like Jesus would have the slightest interested in him. He was a tax collector, someone known in those days for being a con man, someone religious leaders avoided. But Zaccheus was interested in Jesus, and because he was short and couldn’t see over the heads of the people he decided to climb a tree.
When Jesus spotted Zacchaeus and invited himself to his house, Zaccheus couldn’t believe it, and nor could the crowds. Many of them wished the famous rabbi would come under their roof, but here he was getting cosy with a con man. And that day the con man got to know Jesus better than many.
There are many people today that are just like Zaccheus’. More
Aug 16 2014
John 2: 1-11
Water into Wine was Jesus’ first ‘miraculous sign’ (11). But what was it a sign of? Signs always point to something. We have signs pointing people to our church. If a sign does not get people to church it has failed. So it’s important to know what a sign is pointing to; especially a miraculous one. John refers to a number of Jesus’ miracles as ‘signs’, and towards the end of his gospel he says, “These (signs) are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God” (Jn 20.31). Showing that Jesus is the unique Son was clearly John’s main objective. But we would be mistaken to think that being able to do miracles makes Jesus the Son of God. Moses and Elijah did miracles but neither was declared to be the Son of God. No, when John talks of a sign he wants us to see that there is a message in the kind of miracle that Jesus did; a message that reveals who Jesus is. More
In an age where the church is being criticized for falseness, we aim to be real, and to reach those the religious cannot reach.