Vladimir Makovsky's painting of the Wedding at Cana

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  • Turning water into wine

    Turning water into wine

    After an unforgettable Introduction, John’s gospel turns in earnest to the beginning of the Mission. Starting with the story of John the Baptizer, John makes clear that the Herald completed his part of that Mission. The priests and Levites that came from Jerusalem heard him declare that he was not the Messiah. But in the same breath he told them that he was the prophesied Herald for the One they were looking for, whose sandal he was unworthy to untie. And that that One, though coming after him, had all pre-eminence. They heard, but did they understand?

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  • Heaven drew close to Earth

    Heaven drew close to Earth

    The Christmas story celebrates the most amazing birth in the history of the human race… but it may not be the one you are thinking.

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  • The Light has come

    The Light has come

    Mark begins his story of Jesus, as it were, in the present: the Mission in progress: God carrying out His plan through His Son, in power.  Luke begins his story of Jesus by showing how God is always in control, moving every “piece” in the background (be that piece a priest, Zechariah, or a teenage girl, Mary, or an emperor, Caesar Augustus) to bring this salvation to the world at His appointed time. Matthew begins his story of Jesus by reminding us that His coming was the fulfilment of God’s ancient covenant promises to bless all humanity through His chosen people. But John… John starts before them all, going back eons to where the Gospel truly began.

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  • Did you know you are Loved?

    Did you know you are Loved?

    If you have ever read the four gospels, you know that the gospel of John stands out, from the very start: John 1:1-2 In [the] beginning was the Word (Logos), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. *He* was in the beginning with God. This gospel is so striking that supposedly “most scholars” don’t think John, the son of Zebedee, an ordinary fisherman, wrote it. Among the reasons they give are the sophisticated Greek style of writing and the intellectual nature of its account of the life of Jesus. Those first two verses are used as part of the argument, where the claim is that the author is borrowing from the Platonic syncretism of the philosopher Philo of Alexandria.

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  • Infinities: Part 4, the Eternal Sacrifice.

    Infinities: Part 4, the Eternal Sacrifice.

    There is a “like-for-like” rule in the world. Jesus acknowledged that when He said, You have heard it said, ‘you shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy’. But Jesus came to teach us a different like-for-like, Heaven’s version. He begins its explanation in the Sermon on the Mount when He says: In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets. But that is only the beginning. It takes the whole Gospel for us to grasp its full implication: The way we treat people is the way we treat God.

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  • Infinities: Part 3, the Omniscience of God.

    Infinities: Part 3, the Omniscience of God.

    Just because I claim to believe in Jesus, just because I claim to be a Christian, just because I go to Church every Sunday, doesn’t mean I truly take His words to heart… always. Does that mean I may not be who I think I am? Or is it that I slip, that I momentarily forget? Is it possible that I don’t know my own heart? That was the prophet Jeremiah’s conclusion: The heart is deceitful above all things, and incurable; who can know it? But even if I don’t know it, there is One who does.

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