Tour Guide

“For he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.” (Acts 1:17) “Treachery” is a ghastly word. It conjures up images of despicable actions with villainous intent. Judas comes quickly to mind. With a kiss reserved for friendship, he pressed his lips against the cheek of Jesus and places his evil […]

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Course Ahead

“Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being of full accord and of one mind.” (Philippians 2:2) Smack dab between confessing Jesus as the Messiah and witnessing Christ’s spectacular Transfiguration, Peter treats the Lord as if he is a naughty schoolboy talking out of turn. Knowing the horrific future […]

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The Wilderness Way

“The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness.” (Mark 1:12) The wilderness appears as wasteland. The weather is scorching, the living conditions exhausting, the nourishment scanty. Weary and haggard, we trudge through, begging desperately for this part of the journey to end quickly. Perhaps the worst part of the trek is the nagging sense […]

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Running the Show

“This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.” (John 2:11) Servants are usually background figures, unimportant and unimpressive… except when Jesus is in the picture. Then everything changes; the ordinary explodes and the unusual occurs. Take Cana, for instance. Jesus is invited […]

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Mountaintop

“And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.” (Matthew 17:8) We envy them sometimes, the twelve who walked so closely beside the Savior that they heard the Gospel from his lips and witnessed the miracles from the frontlines. They were the Carpenter’s nearest companions as he traversed the Galilean […]

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Well Spring

“So Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well.” (John 4:6) Christ knew no lack when he ruled from heaven, but while journeying through Samaria the Creator was thirsty, needy, wanting. Allowing himself to be dependent on others, shielding his omnipotence, he positioned himself inside of time and space, accepting […]

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Stripes

“For all…are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:23-­25) At first glance, it appeared there had been a grave mistake. Somehow, the Roman state and the hierarchy of religious Jews had erroneously concluded that Jesus Christ was a criminal. Soldiers swarmed the execution site as […]

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Hovering

“They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.” (Ephesians 4:18) They scrutinized Jesus like a hawk peering at its prey, intent on swooping in swiftly and gobbling him alive. It was the Sabbath, and a man with […]

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Whole Way

Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.” (Mark 1:41) The ghastly label of leper was his sole identification, for we are not privy to his name or the city of his origin. Banished from society, his kind would not presume to scale the […]

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Boulder

“And they were saying to one another, ‘Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?’” (Mark 16:3) The spices weighed heavily in their arms; one thought was heaviest on their minds. The women had the strongest desire to anoint the body of their Lord, but they were far too […]

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