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Sermons on “John”

What’s in a Name?

Jesus’ favorite name, his favorite way of talking about himself, was “Son of Man.” But what does this mean? This mysterious title draws on Old Testament traditions that speak to both glory and humility, and reveals the essence of who Jesus is and what He is about.

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E100 New Testament: Week 14, Day 69

The Resurrection – John 20:1-21:25

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E100 New Testament: Week 14, Day 68

The Crucifixion – John 19:1-42

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E100 New Testament: Week 14, Day 67

Arrest and Trial – John 18:1-40

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E100 New Testament: Week 13, Day 63

Healing a Blind Man – John 9:1-41

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E100 New Testament: Week 11, Day 51

The Word Became Flesh – John 1:1-18

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The Light Shines in the Darkness

Christ comes in a birth that remains, like all life, a holy mystery. His is a holy mystery around which we can wrap our arms. He came in a tiny body that we can swaddle and rock. He came with needs for warmth, for milk, for nurture that even we can lay hold of. The Lord, love himself, came to us, giving us himself so that we could comprehend him. He came to us, giving us himself so we could receive him.

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Christian friendship and its witness to the world

We are meant to live together with a distinct quality of life, with God-given and God sustained unity, because God wants the world to know that he has sent his beloved son Jesus to the world to save the world. God wants the world to know that he loves them even as much as he has loved Jesus.

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When You Love Me

Jesus makes 13(!) promises to his disciples in today’s Gospel reading, a rich feast of assurance to prepare the disciples for his physical absence from them. Even though he is departing, the Father will send another Advocate.

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Blindness and sight, fire and light

One might think that finally seeing Jesus, being released from the darkness of sorrow, rejoicing in him as Lord and God, would be the beginning of the happiest time in the disciples’ lives. We might be tempted to think that for us, finally seeing Jesus in a new way, rejoicing in him as our Lord and God, would be the beginning of the happiest years of our lives. And it is. But the life of faith is also a deeper mystery than that. It is not only joy. It is also fire and light. Because the life of faith, just as it brings joy, also brings fire.

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