He was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acq... Read more
He was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on Him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. Yet it was our weaknesses He carried; it was our sorrows that weighed Him down. And we thought His troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for His own sins! But He was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. Isaiah 53:3-5
John 2, we know what Jesus actually said on this subject: "Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days" (2:19). According to John, Jesus' opponents did not have a clue what he meant; indeed, Jesus' own disciples had no idea, at the time, what he meant. But after Jesus was raised from the dead, John says, the disciples remembered his words; they believed the Scripture and the words Jesus had spoken. They knew he was talking about his body (vv. 20-22). The point is that under the terms of the old covenant, the temple was the great meeting place between a holy God and his sinful people. This was the place of sacrifice, the place of atonement for sin. But this side of the cross, where Jesus by his sacrifice pays for our sin, Jesus himself becomes the great meeting place between a holy God and his sinful people; thus he becomes the temple, the meeting place between God and his people.
Although our own death to self-interest never functions with the same atoning significance as the death of Jesus, the same principle applies to us: in dying we live, in denying ourselves we find ourselves, as we take up our cross and follow Jesus. Read less
The book of Amos uses a fishing metaphor to refer ... Read more
The book of Amos uses a fishing metaphor to refer to the judgment of Israel:
The people of Israel would be caught like fish and hauled off to exile.
(see Amos 4:2) Jesus, though, used fishing to symbolize the act of gathering disciples into his kingdom, giving the metaphor the very opposite meaning.
Far from simply a miraculous catch of fish, which was impressive in and of itself, Jesus' miracle was one of many that signaled the arrival of the kingdom of heaven. The fishermen, like many others who experienced Jesus' miracles, would never be the same. Jesus' authority to perform miracles testified to a deeper truth: The long-awaited Messiah had arrived. Read less
Jesus' words, although impressive, were sometimes ... Read more
Jesus' words, although impressive, were sometimes ignored or dismissed; however, the miracles he performed were difficult to discount or dispute. Among Jesus' many extraordinary powers was his authority over the natural world
The first miraculous sign Jesus performed was to turn water into wine at a wedding, and Peter was there (John 2:1-11) Read less