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Jesus identified as Christ by the works He did
John 10:22-42
Is the Lord Jesus Your personal Shepherd?
John 10:1-21
If Jesus had disregarded your traditions and good works, would you still have trusted and followed Him?
John 9:35-41
Formerly blind man silenced and kicked out of the community for testifying truthfully about Jesus Christ.
John 9:13-34
Jesus Christ gave sight to a blind man. And as back then, so He is today the eternal light in spiritual darkness for those looking to Him.
John 9:1-12
Jesus makes His eternal nature openly known with the "I AM" statement. No beginning and no end. Eternal God in human form.
John 8:48-59
Jesus Christ and God are One. You can't coherently believe God without Jesus and Jesus without God.
John 8:39-47
Are you burdened by mistakes and failures? Jesus can set you free!
John 8:31-38
Are you spiritually lost in darkness? Jesus is the light of the world and the giver of the light of life.
John 8:12-30
Jesus Loves Sinners. See how He loved and forgave an Adulterer.
John 8:1-11
See a contrast of good and bad leadership
John 7:45-53
Have you heard about water that consists of more than two hydrogens and one oxygen atom?
John 7:37-44
Jesus Christ ascended back to God the Father after His incarnation, death, and resurrection, 2000 years ago.
John 7:32-36
Are the sources for your worldview and beliefs reliable, consistent, and overall true?
John 7:27-31
At a scale of 0 to 1, how are your moral judgment skills?
John 7:20-26
If you knew there is a place where people want to kill you, would there be something that could make you go there anyway?
John 7:14-20
Seek and find Jesus Christ for the right reasons
John 7:10-13
The Lord wants His people to judge righteously and live for eternity
John 7:1-9
Do you believe in Jesus? How come you do or don't?
John 6:60-71
Find your eternal need and satisfaction met in Jesus Christ. Believe Him.
John 6:25-59
Jesus went through the storm of death for you
John 6:16-24
Jesus displays His Compassion, Sufficiency, Thriftiness, and Patience in the story of the feeding of the five thousand
John 6:1-15
How do you know who to trust?
John 5:31-47
Who is Jesus Christ personally to you?
John 5:16-30
Struggling with verses in the Bible? Look at the big picture to keep clarity. Are you suffering? Jesus identified, knows, and understands.
John 5:1-15
Do you know God? - Or is a wrong understanding of Him keeping you at distance?
John 4:43-54
Jesus revealed Himself as Messiah to a Samaritan woman. She and many in her city believed in Him once they got to know Him.
John 4:1-42
How a right view of God, your neighbor, and yourself may lead you to live a God-honoring and intelligent life.
1 Corinthians 3
How envy and humility may change your life
John 3:22-36
Jesus proved His love for God the Father and true worshippers by standing up for them against powerful rulers who increasingly hated Him.
John 2:12-25
The source of joy that surpasses everything else in my life.
Romans 5
What determines who you follow on social media? - Do you know Jesus? Have you decided to follow Him first and foremost?
John 1:35-51
Do you remember a time when you were honored with a good testimony? Read here about John's unique testimony of Jesus.
John 1:29-34
Who is John the Baptist? But more importantly: "Who are you?" and "Who is Jesus Christ?"
John 1:19-28
The Lord is supreme over all! Hallelujah!
Psalms 113
Who is Jesus Christ? Find deep treasures about Him in the God-inspired writings of Apostel John.
John 1:1-18
Do you note and avoid false teachers? Are you part of a team that works for the furtherance of the Good News of Christ? Yes? - Praise God!
Romans 16:17-27
What did Paul appreciate most in others?
Romans 16:1-16
What to do when desire and calling are not matching? See how Paul did it.
Romans 15:22-31
God fulfilled His promise of the Good News for the Gentiles in Paul's life. Which promises does God fulfill in your life?
Romans 15:14-21
Do you have trouble with a weakness of your brother/sister in the Lord? Accept him/her because Christ accepted you despite your weaknesses.
Romans 15:1-13
Do things from faith. All action in doubt is sin.
Romans 14:14-23
Walk fully convinced in the fear of the Lord. Don't despise or judge a fellow-saint but seek his best.
Romans 14:1-13
Outline of Romans 4: Saving Faith explained
Romans 4
Time is short - love one another and your neighbor by being led by the Spirit, in reflecting Christ to them.
Romans 13:8-14
Our lives are governed by authorities that God appointed
Romans 13:1-7
All things such as space, energy, and authority were created by God's perfect representative, that is the supreme God-Man Jesus Christ.
Colossians 1:15-16
Paul's instruction on how to relate to fellow believers and unbelievers
Romans 12:9-21
What is your gift as a member of the body of Christ?
Romans 12:3-8
What is better than life?
Psalms 63
In God alone I put my trust, who is my Deliverer, strong Protector, Refuge, and save Shelter.
Psalms 62
How to know the will of God
Romans 12:1-2
What does the goodness of God lead you to think, say, and do?
Romans 11:11-36
David walked in integrity, are you too?
Psalms 26
A prayer to know more our Lord Jesus Christ
Ephesians 1:17-19
Think soberly and walk in the fear of the Lord, because God is blessed for His great saving work in Jesus Christ for you.
1 Peter 1
God offers His righteousness in grace as a gift in Jesus Christ.
Romans 3
In Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. - Col 2:3
Proverbs 2:1-9
Amazing grace of God! He is faithful, and will complete what He started.
Romans 11:1-10
Israel disobeyed and rejected God's compassion to save. Please don't do the same mistake. Receive God's gift of eternal life in Christ.
Romans 10:14-21
How does a victorious life look like for you?
Psalms 148
Believe Jesus and receive eternal life.
John 3:1-21
Zealous works cannot save, but faith in Christ does!
Romans 10:1-13
Focus on the Lord in your difficulty.
Psalms 123
Where does your help come from?
Psalms 121
Revive me, O Lord.
Psalms 119:153-160
Israel in large rejects God's righteousness by faith, how about you? Have you accepted God's gift of a perfect standing in Christ?
Romans 9:30-33
Christians exist only because of the mercy and compassion of God.
Romans 9:14-29
God's Word was, is, and will always be effective
Romans 9:6-13
Paul's grief for Israel's rejection of Christ
Romans 9:1-5
Nothing can separate the elect of God form the love of Christ.
Romans 8:31-39
Jesus, King-everlasting, shamed, mocked and tortured by His creatures, to restore a relationship with them.
Matthew 27:27-31
God works Christ-likeness in those he foreknew.
Romans 8:28-30
The Lord is Holy. Majestic, mighty, and faithful King who always was is and forever will be. He is the everlasting King!
Psalms 93
What is the Spirit's part of work in the life of God's children?
Romans 8:26-27
Christians groan in longing for their glorification
Romans 8:23-25
Outline of Romans 2
Romans 2
What gets creation to perfection?
Romans 8:19-22
Children of God are saved to be glorified together with Christ.
Romans 8:16-18
Great is God the giver of every spiritual blessing!
Ephesians 1:3-4
What does it mean to live according to the Spirit?
Romans 8:1-17
The law cannot help in the struggle with indwelling sin but the Lord Jesus can.
Romans 7:13-25
Is the law still condemning you or have you found the grace of God in Christ?
Romans 7:7-12
Are you in the flesh under the curse of the law, or are you liberated serving in the newness of the Spirit?
Romans 7:1-6
Do you live as a person who is under grace? Are you devoted to God or yourself? We received all in Christ, should we not also live for Him?
Romans 6:15-23
What does your baptism mean?
Romans 6:1-14
Great disasters will happen before the powerful and glorious appearance of the Son of Man. Tribes will mourn; the elect will be gathered.
Matthew 24:29-31
The Fall of Humanity and God's gracious Gift of Justification
Romans 5:12-21
Outline of Romans 1
Romans 1:1-32
Rejoice: In Christ's death and resurrection, reconciliation and salvation is freely available for you.
Romans 5:6-11
Justification by faith grands peace with God, access to God and an overflowing joy which causes to boast in God even in suffering.
Romans 5:1-5
What are the signs of the Lord's coming and the end of the age?
Matthew 24:1-28
God's promise, Abrahams faith, and its lesson
Romans 4:13-25
Were the Jews who lived at the old testament time saved in the same manner as the Gentiles today?
Romans 4:1-8
Who do you boast in?
Romans 3:27-31
Have you received the righteousness of God by believing Jesus? Or are you still in your sins? Trust Him today to be made right in Gods sight
Romans 3:21-26
All are guilty before God. There is none righteous. All are under sin.
Romans 3:9-20
God is faithful to save and just in all His judgments. Either submit to His truth, or His wrath will inflict you for your sins.
Romans 3:1-8
No salvation in anything outward which man could boast in, but only in God who causes the inward change of heart.
Romans 2:25-29
The Jew knows the will of God, but fails as the Gentile in doing it. All have failed and are guilty.
Romans 2:17-24
A call for repentance to lost and self-righteous sinners.
Luke 15:11-32
Bear fruit for God because we belong to and love Jesus
Romans 7:4-6
The blessed man meditates on the law of the Lord
Psalms 1:1-6
Meditate on Scripture
Joshua 1:8
All men are unrighteous and therefore under the wrath of God. They are guilty unless they received the righteousness of God by faith.
Romans 2:1-16
Praise the Lord. He takes pleasure in His people.
Psalms 149
The Spirit intercedes for us in our weaknesses.
Romans 8:26-27
No one served God like Jesus; He is the greatest. Hypocrites work for themselves to be seen and praised by man. Their desire misleads them.
Matthew 23:1-36
Gott zeigt seine Größe im Erhalten und Versorgen der Bedürftigen. Lob und Ruhm sei Gott dem ewigen König für alle Zeit.
Psalms 145
The denial of the truth of the existence of God is followed by unrighteous and wicked characteristics.
Romans 1:18-32
Highly honored by the Gospel of Christ
Romans 1:16-17
An example of how Paul made plans according to his call and longing and then trusted God to succeed or hinder these plans.
Romans 1:8-15
The privilege of being in Christ! No condemnation, and a walk in the Spirit!
Romans 8:1-4
Beloved of God; you who are called to be saints: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 1:1-7
The Lord is long-suffering, who desires that all men come to repentence.
2 Peter 3:8-9
Reconciled to God through Christ's death and saved by His life to evermore rejoice in that fact.
Romans 5:10-11
A people of God
1 Peter 2:9-10
In Christ we may receive all things that exist for life and godliness to share in divine nature
2 Peter 1:3-4
Is there anything better than the Love of God in Christ?
Romans 8:31-39
Paulus bittet das der Vater der Herrlichkeit den Heiligen in Epheser den Geist der Weisheit und der Offenbarung gebe.
Ephesians 1:15-23
Experience the power of God in your life through prayer together with your brothers and sisters.
James 5:13-18
Blessed is the one who trusts the Lord
Psalms 84
Wealth cannot save you, Christ can. Forsake the dream that riches will fulfill you and follow Christ who is the all-surpassing reward.
Matthew 19:23-30
God is the judge and lawgiver. Submit to His law and do not speak evil against you brother.
James 4:11-12
God's work of Regeneration - A new heart with new desires and His Spirit to live a fulfilled life in the will of God
Ezekiel 36:25-27
Do you labor for the people of God?
Colossians 4:12-13
Fruchtbar oder Unfruchtbar?
John 15:1-3
Praise the Lord for of His might and acts of mercy
Psalms 147
Kill sin, because in Christ you have put off the sinful nature. Put on Christ, because in Him you have put Him on already.
Colossians 3:1-17
To be blessed and truly honored by God is to live out what Christ has done for His church
Psalms 119:1-8
Trust and be content in the Lord; He is your Helper; He will never leave nor forsake you!
Hebrews 13:5-6
Live out the from God received Wisdom, but be careful not to boast of wisdom if your heart is sidetracked by the flesh.
James 3:13-18
Are you wholeheartedly devoted to good works? Can people learn when they see you work?
Titus 3:12-15
Foolish talk is useless, empty, and self- condemning. Warn those who do that and stay away from them if they do not repent.
Titus 3:9-11
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Water Turned to Wine
John 2:1-11
Why are there seasons of lack of joy and happiness?
Published December 2nd, 2018; Updated December 2nd, 2018
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Main point summary
Introduction "Lest we forget" was written big on the poster for Mozart's Requiem performed by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra one day before Remembrance Day. It was devoted to all the soldiers that gave their lives to end the hostility during the last world wars. The orchestra delivered an excellent performance of this sad and beautiful piece of music. Death is not a pleasant subject, yet a reality that every single one of us has to face someday. As I observe children and see how joyful and careless they go through life, it seems that the thought of death is not part of their lives. At some point though, they grow up and have learned and experienced enough of disappointments, sufferings, and cruelties in the world that climaxes in death. Observing older people, some get bitter and hard, others terrified and fearful, and some others seem to have found peace over the reality of death. John's record is to prove that Jesus Christ is the long-promised Messiah. Knowing Jesus Christ grants everlasting joy, hope, and comfort which provides strength to go through the present sorrow, suffering, and even death in a spiritually healthy manner. Recap In John's prologue, he parallels the beginning of his record with Genesis, showing that Jesus Christ was in the beginning, through whom everything was created, and who eventually became human to bring light to a world lost in darkness, but was rejected by most people, yet those who believed became children of God. Then John moves on to the disclosure of Jesus Christ through John the Baptist's witness and some people who left their old lives behind to follow Him, who started to witness of the signs that Jesus Christ was the promised Messiah. This brings us to the first sign at the wedding in Cana of Galilee. Insights Key truths: The signs show who Jesus is, i.e. the Messiah We live in a world with flaws, i.e. marked by sin Wine is in God's story a picture of joy and abundance. A time of poverty in Israel was also a time where there was a lack of wine. The wine was mixed with water by a ratio of 1 : 3 - 10. Reason for that was to avoid drunkenness and maintain hydration. Why did they run out of wine? It should not have happened. We live in a world that missed God's standard of glory, perfection, and excellence. Verse 4a "Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me?" - Yes, they run out of wine but I'm not responsible for the wine. Meaning, yes, joy should always be present but I'm not responsible that joy fades away. Mankind is responsible for the emptiness of life which ends eventually in death because he rebelled against God, or in other words, mankind has cut themselves off from the source of joy. Verse 4b "My hour has not yet come." He means the hour when he would be cut off from all joy. He speaks of the hour on the cross when He'd take away the sin of the world. He'd bear mankind's curse in order to provide everlasting joy for whosoever will in His life - He rose from the dead and is alive in the presence of God the Father in heaven and promised to return soon as Victor, King, and righteous Ruler over all. Jesus provides wine. He becomes the curse so that whoever believes on Him may have joy forever. Verse 6 Waterpots for purification - Mark 7:3, 4 explains that the water was used for cleansing before eating, for example. Water is required for cleansing the dirt off which we gather up in life whether knowingly or unknowingly. On the cross, Jesus cleanses from spiritual dirt once for all by taking all impurity on Himself to purify and grants everlasting joy to whoever wants it.
Main point summary
Jesus turned water to wine at a wedding in Cana of Galilee. Jesus manifested His glory by the sign and His disciples believed in Him.
John 2:1-11
On the third day
On the third day
there was a wedding
there was a wedding
in Cana of Galilee,
in Cana of Galilee,
and the mother of Jesus was there.
to which the mother of Jesus went.
Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding.
Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding.
And when they ran out of wine,
Now during the wedding celebration, they ran out of wine,
the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.”
and the mother of Jesus said to Him, "They have no wine."
Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me?
Jesus answered her, "Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me?
My hour has not yet come.”
since my hour has not yet come."
His mother said to the servants,
In response, His mother said to the servants,
“Whatever He says to you,
" If He tells you to do something,
do it. ”
then do it."
Now there were set there six waterpots of stone,
Now there were six waterpots of stone,
according to the manner of purification of the Jews,
according to the manner of purification of the Jews.
containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece.
Those waterpots could contained twenty or thirty gallons apiece.
Jesus said to them,
Jesus said to the servants,
“Fill the waterpots with water.”
"Fill the waterpots with water."
And they filled them up to the brim.
And they filled them up to the brim.
And He said to them,
Then He said to them,
“Draw some out now,
"Draw some out now,
and take it to the master of the feast.”
and take it to the master of the feast."
And they took it.
And they took and brought it to the master.
When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine,
When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine,
and did not know where it came from
and he did not know where it came form
(but the servants who had drawn the water knew),
( yet the servants who had drawn the water knew),
the master of the feast called the bridegroom. And he said to him,
the master of the feast called the bridegroom and said to him,
“Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine,
"Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine,
and when the guests have well drunk,
and when the guests have well drunk,
then the inferior.
then the inferior.
You have kept the good wine until now!”
Nevertheless you have kept the good wine until now!"
This beginning of signs Jesus did
This was the beginning of the signs Jesus did
in Cana of Galilee,
in Cana of Galilee
and manifested His glory;
and in so doing manifested His glory;
and His disciples believed in Him.
which led His disciples to believe in Him.
Hour - meaning His hour on the cross: ch. 7:30 ; 8:20 ; 13:1
John 2:1-11
Wedding in Cana
On the third day
there was a wedding
in Cana
of Galilee,
and the mother ... was there;
Reference #1
of Jesus
and ... Jesus and His disciples were invited
Reference #2
to the wedding.
Wine ran out
When the wine ran out,
the mother ... said to Him,
of Jesus
“They have no wine.”
And Jesus said to her,
“Woman, what does that have to do with us?
My hour has not yet come.”
His mother said to the servants,
“Whatever He says to you, do it.”
Waterpots filled with water
Now there were six stone waterpots set there
for the Jewish custom
of purification,
containing twenty or thirty gallons each.
Jesus said to them,
“Fill the waterpots
with water.”
So they filled them up
to the brim.
And He said to them,
“Draw ... and take it to the headwaiter.”
some out
So they took it to him.
Water to good wine
When the headwaiter tasted the water
which had become wine,
and did not know where it came from
(but the servants ... knew),
who had drawn the water
the headwaiter called the bridegroom,
and said to him,
“Every man serves the good wine first, ... but you have kept the good wine until now.”
and when the people have drunk freely,
then he serves the poorer wine;
Reason for sign
This beginning of His signs Jesus did
in Cana
of Galilee,
and manifested His glory,
and His disciples believed in Him.
We do not have to do all things. Do what you need to do. Some things are not worth being concerned about. What matters before everything else is were you spend eternity.
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