The Ascension of Jesus

Final Instructions When [Jesus] had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. Luke 24:50-51 After the resurrection, Jesus appeared to the disciples over a period of forty days, opening their minds to what the Scriptures said about …

Many Fish, One Mission

A New Assignment Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God. 1 Peter 5:2 (NLT) “I’m going out to fish,” Peter said to the six other disciples with him (John 21:3 NIV). “We’ll go with you,” …

The Resurrection of Jesus

Conqueror of Death “He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’” Luke 24:6-7 The women waited through the Sabbath and then gathered spices and headed …

The Raising of Lazarus

Do You Believe?  “Yes, Lord,” she told him, “I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.” Luke 11:27 Martha was home, surrounded by mourners, when she heard that Jesus had arrived. She ran to meet him with a heart full of grief and a mind full of questions. Her brother, …

The Atonement Tax

A Fish Story “But so that we may not cause offense, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.” Matthew 17:27 Matthew, the former tax-collector, is the only gospel writer to …

Healing on the Sabbath

Lord of the Bent and Burdened Jesus said, “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:32 The woman needed a miracle, but she didn’t ask for one. She may have cowered in the back of the synagogue, hoping no one would notice she’d come that day. After all, who wanted to look at a disfigured …

The Deliverer

Deliver Us from Bondage You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 1 John 4:4 Have you ever felt trapped, imprisoned, isolated, without hope? You will sympathize with a man who lived in the region of the Gerasenes. For many years, …

A Boatload of Fish

Lord of Fish and Fishermen  Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” Luke 5:5 When’s the last time you were up all night? Was it due to work, illness, or travel? Were you anticipating a good experience or dreading a bad one? Simon Peter …

The First Miracle

The Wine of Transforming Love What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. John 2: 11 Have you ever wondered why Jesus chose to turn water into wine as his first miracle? Mary told her son about the wine running out. Did …

Miracles of the Messiah Series

  A miracle is a “an event that so overrides what observers understand of natural law that it creates wonder and serves as evidence of God’s active intervention in this universe.” * Jesus didn’t do miracles to draw large crowds. Through the miracles, he presented his credentials: he revealed his identity and what he’d come to do. John, in his …