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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Track Record

“Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.” (Acts 3:19-­20a) We trip awkwardly, sprawling our secret sins in full view of cynical eyes. Later, we cringe, fearful of lifting our heads lest anyone condemn us further for our regretful […]

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Over the Top

“You therefore must be perfect, as your Heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48) An impossible command dangles off the end of Matthew 5 like a daunting challenge. Jesus calls us to the highest of standards, requiring us to be as perfect as our Father in Heaven. What an outrageous claim to make to frail humanity. […]

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Pivotal

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” (Romans 12:12) The disciples could have scattered in a dozen directions after Christ ascended to heaven. Yet, as an act of obedience, they listened to Jesus’ final instructions to return to Jerusalem until they were “clothed with power from on high” (Luke 24:49b). Huddled […]

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By The Seashore

“He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said: ‘Listen.’” (Mark 4:2) The situation could easily have turned ugly. As the crowds surged toward him, they threatened to crush Christ with their aggressive behavior. The wind whipped waves and slapped them along the shoreline; he calmly maneuvered into the safety of the […]

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Waiting in Line

“When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd.” (Mark 6:34) Compassion is not a flimsy garment slung across the Savior’s shoulders; this attribute is woven through the perfect fabric of his being. When unwelcomed crowds surged forward, disrupting his vacation […]

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