Break one and the same bread, which is the medicine of immortality, the antidote which prevents us from dying and a cleansing remedy driving away evil so that we should live in God through Jesus Christ. –Ignatius, A.D. 110 in his letter to the Ephesians The story is told of a little girl whose parents had taken her forward to receive Holy Communion—After receiving the small piece of bread she
As Jesus and His disciples, now numbering 11, leave the upper room and walk through the darkness of Jerusalem toward that garden of waiting, Jesus continues to speak to them, and what He says to them is recorded in chapters 15 and 16 of the Gospel of John. Of all these things that He says, nothing is more definitive than the first eight verses of chapter 15. Our Lord here speaks
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”—John 14:6. The city of Jerusalem was bustling with activity because Passover had arrived, and pilgrims were flowing into the city. The Jewish leaders were stirred up and looking for cause to arrest Jesus. This was the day when tears, and cries of pain would flow from Gethsemane—On this day the betrayal
“I am the Resurrection and the Life” (John11:25) is the fifth of the seven “I Am” statements of Jesus. Lazarus was dead—Jesus had heard that His good friend was sick, but instead of going to visit Lazarus, Jesus stayed where he was for two more days. He explained to His puzzled disciples that the sickness was “for God’s glory, and that God’s Son would be glorified through it” (v. 4).
Probably nowhere else in the New Testament do we see Jesus’ desire to save His people more than in John 10:11-17 where Jesus states that He is the “Good Shepherd.” This picture of Christ as a shepherd invites us to consider the great love that Jesus has for those who are part of His flock. The life of a good shepherd was not an easy one! Beside the important task
Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. . .” (John10:7) Doors are one of the most common things in the world—There are so many kinds and types of doors. There are ornate doors in churches and cathedrals, steel doors on the vault of a bank, canvas doors on tents, and every other kind imaginable in homes throughout the
Jesus said, "I am the light of the world. . ." [John 8:12] Bible experts tell us that this "I AM" statement from the Lord took place during the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles. One of the main ceremonies during this feast was the "Illumination of the Temple" in which four enormous stands with each holding four golden bowls were set up in the Temple's Court and these 16 golden bowls
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” [John 6:35] If we go out to eat at a local restaurant and order our main entrée, when they bring out our salad as a first course, they might also bring out a basket with bread in it. This is just in preparation
2 Timothy 3:16 says that all Scripture is “God-breathed.” God’s Word sometimes gives us a warning, a word of encouragement, or a lesson for life—His story is written with love as a guide for life, “so that the people of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” He conversed with Adam in the garden. He told Noah to build an ark. He spoke to Moses in a burning bush.