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Seven Unforgettable Miracles From The Gospel Of John

Introduction

John's Gospel was written for the purpose of giving us information so that we might believe that Jesus is the Messiah, sent by God.

John provides us evidence through seven recorded miracles that God's Son, Jesus, is unlike anyone else who ever lived.

John reveals miracles which prove Jesus has authority and is sovereign. Jesus' miracles demonstrate his specific purpose for being sent by God.

These miracles confirm not only Jesus' purpose but also that God exists. Each miracle affirms the love and concern God has for humanity. What Jesus does is real and relevant. These miracles are meant to alert us to some special and significant happening. "Pay attention, something important is happening right before your eyes."

In a sentence, Jesus' miracles serve to show that Jesus had/has power over all aspects of life.

Such as?
  • Power over quality. (John 2:1-11)
  • Power over distance. (John 4:46-54)
  • Power over disease and time. (John 5:1-18)
  • Power over quantity. John 6: 5-14)
  • Power over nature. (John 6:16-24)
  • Power over misfortune. (John 9:1-7)
  • Power over death. (John 11:1-45)
Seven practical and relevant powers that certified Jesus as Messiah.

My goal in these seven miracles, these seven studies, is to one by one highlight details that John makes plain. Again, each miracle is a case study establishing Jesus as the person God sent to free us from our disrespect and disobedience (original sin). This is a big deal.

To assist you to get the most out of this study, you'll need to do three things. Because this is interactive you'll need to

1. read and review the text, then
2. write your thoughts in your notes (journal), and finally
3. ask yourself a few questions about each miracle.

When you finish each miracle you'll be more convinced that Jesus is who he said he is. And, this belief will improve every aspect of your life and your relationship with the living God. Allow the Holy Spirit to move within you. Don't be fearful of experiencing God's best.

The Bible studies in John begin with Jesus' miracle of turning water into wine. This true story, this miracle, demonstrates the first of Jesus' authority and powers—the authority and power over quality.

If you're ready let's start.


Bible Study #1: Water to Wine: Power of Quality

Introduction


I thought I knew the story. I thought why should I read it again? I figured, I'll just scan the verses and be done with them.

Jesus changed water into wine.

I know this. Why wasn't I excited?

Because really, this is very exciting.

As I re-read and re-examined the actions of Jesus I noticed things I'd forgotten or simply missed … and other things which never occurred to me.

Here do this, try to see the words you're about to read in John 2 with fresh eyes. Take a minute and pray for a discerning heart and open mind as you read. Pan for the gold hidden between the words of these verses. This is what I did.

As another illustration, when I prepared to read I pulled on the helmet of salvation and snapped the chin strap. I felt goose bumps because I felt I was preparing to enter the game.

Can you picture this? If so I hope this happens for you … seeing yourself preparing. If this happens, it will signal you're in the game. Let's pretend you're standing in the end zone awaiting the kick-off. Do you feel the adrenaline rush?

Now, instead of talking about whether the wine was 12% alcohol or 0% alcohol I'd like to zero in on other things that seem much more significant. Something important like Jesus' (God's) power to produce quality and not merely quantity.

I want to concentrate on quality for a moment because it sets up Jesus as being distinct from anyone born into our world. This quality miracle didn't whisper, it shouted, "Pay attention to Jesus!"

As you pay attention to Jesus turning water into wine at the wedding festivities in Cana you'll find God's Holy Spirit speaking insights, which will cause positive changes in your faith, which will spill onto and seep into your daily life.

In this miracle is evidence that Jesus is indeed the Messiah sent by the heavenly Father. God is a God of abundance, yes, and also … the God of quality. When Jesus' disciples saw this miracle they believed in Jesus. Come and see why.

Read and Review John 2:1-11

It'll take you less than two minutes to read this gospel of John reference.

Honestly, though, I can't estimate how much time your review will take. I can only guess how long you will spend in review because it will depend on how much time and energy you put into being caught up in the Spirit of these verses … seeing these words with fresh eyes, applying a discerning heart, and engaging an open mind.

What will happen if you challenge yourself with freshness, discernment, and open-mindedness? What will be the results? I anticipate the gold of this story will bring a quality wealth to the rest of your day.

My Observations:

2: 1 On Tuesday or Wednesday a wedding celebration takes place in Cana in Galilee. Cana is approximately 6 miles from Nazareth and 24 miles from Capernaum. Jesus' mother was there.

2: 2 Jesus and his disciples had also been invited. They were there, too.

2: 3 Jesus' mother, Mary, informed Jesus, "They've run out of wine." No wine (evidently) was a no-no for a wedding celebration. How can a person celebrate without wine?

2: 4 Jesus tells Mary, "This is no concern of mine. Don't involve me. Because it isn't time to reveal who I am."

2: 5 Mary apparently ignores Jesus' statement, turns to the nearby servants and says' "Do what he tells you." This is a very interesting response to what Jesus had declared, isn't it? Does Mary perceive something that Jesus doesn't? Is God, the Father, speaking through Mary to their son?

2: 6 Close by were six 20 to 30 gallon stone water jars used for ceremonial washing. These six jars were now empty because everyone had ceremonially washed.

2: 7 Jesus gives no further objection to his mother. No further spiritual speeches. Jesus turns to the servants who are awaiting his instructions because this is what servants do—obey when instructed to do something. Jesus gives the servants specific instructions. They obey. The servants fill all six jars to the brim.

How many servants were involved in this project? How long did it take them? Obviously, there isn't tap water in the kitchen or an outside faucet. Where did they go to fill the jars? A well? How far is that from the party? Did they team carry these water jars? Did they use a hand truck? Did they employ a donkey and a cart?

2: 8 Whatever the procedure all the jars were filled. Jesus then instructed the servants to take some of the water (turned to wine) to the master of the banquet. They obeyed.

Did they know the water had been turned to wine? It doesn't say anything about the servants sampling the water turned to wine. Let's say they didn't have a clue as to what had happened to the water. They simply did what they were told to do. No objections. No questions. They gave a sample of the water turned to wine to the master of the banquet.

2: 9 The master of the banquet tasted the liquid. Immediately the master of the banquet realized the taste of quality wine. He knew quality wine because this was a part of his job. He knew the difference between quality and inferior wine. On his first sip, he instantly judged that this was quality wine. Surprised and excited he called the bridegroom aside.

2: 10 The master of the banquet compliments the bridegroom. "Everybody I know begins with their finest wines and after the guests have had their fill brings in the cheap stuff. But you’ve saved the best till now!"

The master of the banquet didn't know where this quality wine came from. The servants knew exactly where the quality wine came from.

2: 11 Jesus stands out of sight of this conversation between the master of the banquet and the bridegroom.

Jesus didn't indicate that he was involved in producing this quality wine. Jesus didn't nod or smile at the master of the banquet or the bridegroom. Jesus didn't acknowledge his responsibility. Jesus didn't slip a business card to the master of the banquet, nor the bridegroom.

No trumpet announced Jesus' action. No white dove fluttered in the sky over his head. No voice from heaven spoke. Jesus just continued celebrating the wedding with the other guests and his disciples.

What's the overriding purpose of turning water into wine? Was it so Jesus could impress the master of the banquet, the bridegroom, his mother, his brothers, or the guests in general? Nope, none of the above.

Jesus turned the water into wine for a higher reason. Jesus turned the water into wine so that his disciples would believe in him. The disciples had watched Jesus command the servants. They knew what Jesus did. Verse eleven says, this was the first sign revealing Jesus' glory and it caused Jesus' disciples to believe in him.

If you're a follower of Jesus, does this miracle cause you to believe in him?

Your Observations:

You need a place to record your thoughts, your insights from God, and your actions, which are necessary to move you toward maturity. You need to do this so that you have a reference of how God is active in your life.

I suggest you start a journal if you haven't already. Your journal will become a supporting friend. In your journal write out your comments and observations about the Bible text above.

Don't be surprised if what you write causes you to research to find additional answers or ask additional questions. Questions and answers that beg your response.

This is a fun part that few fully experience.

What did it mean then?

As you read the Bible ask yourself, what did this miracle mean to those who witnessed it? In the big picture what was God hoping to accomplish? Was this miracle more than just to provide a lot of quality wine to the wedding celebration? How pivotal was this miracle to Jesus' disciples? What else do you see happening here? How would you interpret the meaning of this miracle in Cana?

What does it mean now?

Does this miracle of Jesus' power over quality have any relevance for today? Or is this a story without any current meaning or value? Have you ever considered how a quality miracle might change your perspective of Jesus? Have you ever experienced a quality miracle?

Write down what else you observe happening at the wedding feast: with Mary? With the Master of the Banquet? With the servants? Etc.?

Summary

To keep us from missing thoughts, insights, or actions that matter, we need to pay closer attention to the details of what is happening in this miracle. Jesus turned ordinary water into quality wine. Jesus is pointing out something that is intended to not only improve our life now but our life both today and forever.

For instance, when we pray, our prayer request shouldn't merely tug at God hoping the Lord will provide us a snack to ward off our hunger pang. Understand that this miracle changes expectation from a cheese and crackers mentality to a mentality that God's provision and ability are unlimited … expect a feast. In other words, expectation without restriction. The Lord intends to cater a banquet. Why settle for cheese and crackers? Jesus has the authority to provide quality.

Moreover, when we present Christ a problem, we must allow him to be in control and do whatever necessary to bring about his result. Our suggestions or demands are pointless because they're spiritually naive.

Only once did Jesus turn common water into quality wine. As a digression, Jesus didn't go into the wine making business to support his ministry.

However, notice that a power of this quality miracle is repeated in the feeding of the 5000 plus and also when Jesus tells his disciples to throw their fishing net into the water on the other side of their boat. These aren't simply quantity miracles. These are also quality miracles.

Jesus preformed a miracle in John 2 that gave evidence of His power over quality. This wasn't cut-rate wine. This was quality wine.


Bible Study #2: Healing Power Over Distance

Introduction

One thing I find fascinating in this miracle we're about to read and study—and, in fact, it applies to all of the miracles John records—is that Jesus didn't once say, "Be sure to mention my name." or " tell them J-E-S-U-S sent you."

Nor did he say, "Here's my business/ministry card, if you or your friends ever get stuck and need any sort of help call me or text me … my cell phone is always on."

Nor did Jesus say, "Wow! I'm good, aren't I?"

In other words, Jesus doesn't ever appear to be campaigning for Messiah or drawing attention to himself. Jesus' ego is never the center of attraction.

What is clear, though, is that Jesus called attention to the offer of life instead of death. Life is attained by establishing an alive relationship with the living God. Death is remaining separated from God.

Jesus went about making that relationship between people and God a reality. One plus one= together—one person connected to the one God. The two separated came together.

Of course, something else is happening here, Jesus is showing that with God there is no distance. God (Jesus) is everywhere you are. There is nowhere you can get to that he isn't already there. This is good news, isn't it?

Read and Review John 4: 46-54

My Observations

4: 46 Jesus returns to Cana in Galilee where he turned water into wine. A royal official is looking for Jesus because he needs help. The royal official has heard about Jesus or perhaps seen Jesus before. In either case, the royal official's son is sick and dying in Capernaum ... twenty miles from Cana.

4: 47 The royal official finds Jesus and, desperate for aid, he begs Jesus to come and heal his critically ill son.

4: 48 However, Jesus doesn't budge. Instead, Jesus seems a bit offended. Jesus speaks to the man and the crowd, "Unless you people see signs and wonders," Jesus told him, "you will never believe."

4: 49 The agonized father says, "Sir, come down before my child dies." As a father, I understand this royal official's urgency. Fathers (parents) are tenacious when something distressing is happening (has happened), to their child.

4: 50 "Go," Jesus replied, "your son will live." Jesus heard the request and perhaps appears reluctant because he was testing the faith and determination of the royal official. The royal official gives evidence of his faith. He hears and accepts the words of Jesus. He turns, walks away, and begins his journey home (Capernaum).

4: 51 While the royal official travels toward Capernaum, undoubtedly still very concerned for his son, he sees his servants coming to meet him. On the road, somewhere between Cana and Capernaum the servants tell him the good news, "Your son is completely well!" Feel and imagine the emotional relief of this father. 4: 52 Smiling the royal official asks, "When did this happen … at what time?" The man's curiosity is to discover the time and timing of his boy's recovery. His servants tell him,"Yesterday, at 1:00 in the afternoon, the fever left him."

4: 53 The father realized this was the exact time he had spoken to Jesus and the exact time Jesus said to him, "Your son will live."

Probably, overwhelmed with emotion and gratitude, he wept. Maybe not. But the miracle did cause him and his entire household to trust in Jesus. No one could convince them that Jesus was a fraud. This miracle changed the royal official and his household forever. To others, Jesus may have been just a name or a story. But they had experienced Jesus as proof of genuine authority and power over circumstances.

4: 54 With this second sign Jesus provides the people of Galilee additional validation he is the one sent to restore them to God, whom they had rejected. Jesus hadn't physically touched or seen the royal official's son. Yet, again with God, distance is a non-factor. Jesus' power over distance is confirmed by this life changing event.

Your Observations:

Go verse by verse, as I did, and journal your thoughts. This is an invaluable exercise which will capture your current thinking and God's graphic impressions to you.

What Did It Mean Then?

What Jesus achieves in this miracle is something that has rarely if ever been accomplished anywhere else in the biblical record. Seldom has undeniable evidence of a spoken word in one place been fulfilled (come to pass, realized) in another place.

Which prophet, priest, or godly person has done this type of miracle on their own? The only one to speak and have something irrefutably happen is God. (e.g. through Moses and Joshua: Egypt, Red Sea, Wilderness, Jordan, Jericho, etc.)

The questions that press to be asked are: Is Jesus the Messiah we've been waiting for? Might Jesus be God? Is Jesus merely a prophet? An inspirational speaker? A good man?The evidence is profound in pointing to Jesus as the Promised One. Certainly, the clear result is both plausible and probable proof that Jesus is unlike anyone who came before him. Jesus dramatically demonstrates his potent power over distance.

This is quite astounding. Obviously, I'm talking about someone who says from here in this spot, in front of God and everybody, out loud, with authority, in a few words, "Go, your son will live." And it undeniably happens, over there—miles and miles away, in the same moment.

Thus, this is different from someone sympathetically spouting, "I'll pray for your son to get well." And then going off somewhere alone, offering a prayer, and learning later that the prayer was answered.

The question has to be posed, who's paying attention to what's going on here? Well of course, in this case, the royal official paid attention. He believed. And showed faith in Jesus' proclamation by turning around and heading home.

What Does It Mean Now?

I adjusted my reading glasses. I flipped back and located the John four reference. I watched as Jesus talked to the royal official. I heard Jesus say what he said … How many times have I read this story? How many times have you read this story? Once? Never? Ten times? Maybe a thousand and two times? However many times you've read these verses, this event isn't a ho-hum run of the mill miracle (whatever that may mean). This is the Son of God declaring, "I am here. I know what I'm doing. You can trust me."

As you and I read John's account of this miracle, however, many years removed from the original event, we are presented a similar opportunity as the people were given then. We have the chance to put our faith in Jesus who said, "Go, your son will live."

Will you and I show the faith the royal official demonstrated by his action? He believed the words of Jesus and headed for home. Would we, could we dare to believe that Jesus has authority and power over distance?

Summary

Power over distance is another extraordinary attribute of Jesus. No matter how we slice it, this miracle proves Jesus is unlike anyone else. Jesus is exceptional. Jesus demands our attention.

However, if you are someone who is still skeptical or cynical about who Jesus is, if this miracle isn't enough, John supplies yet another miraculous example of Jesus as the Messiah that we've been waiting for.

Are you prepared and ready to watch Jesus' power over disease and time? This is the next Bible study.


Bible Study #3: The Power Over Disease and Time

Introduction:

Imagine this. How would you react if someone proclaimed, "You've just won the lottery!"?

I know what my initial reaction would be, "You have to play the lottery to win the lottery."

The truth is I don't spend money buying lottery tickets. So, it would be inconceivable for me to win the lottery.

This story, though, is one of a man who had bought a lottery ticket if you will. He was in the take a chance, hope to beat the odds game. He had a place at the Pool of Bethesda. Like the lottery, he was waiting for numbers to be announced. Or specifically, in this case, awaiting an angel to stir the water. He stared intently at the pool's surface. He watched the glistening tranquil water. He hoped to be the first to get into the pool when an angel agitated the water. If he could do this he would win the lottery.

When you read this story you discover something different happens. I tried to see and understand who this man was. I scrambled to put some fast facts together. I observed he had

1) been sick for 38 years.
2) made a determined effort to change his circumstances.
3) no one to help him into the pool if an angel showed up.

So on this day, different from all other days, what happens? Listen to this, watch closely, someone either from beside or behind him asks, "Do you want to be well?"

By the time you finish this story you'll see that this man received much more than he could have winning the lottery. But like winning the lottery it changed his life forever. Will the miracle change you?

Read and Review John 5:1-18

My Observations:

5: 1 Life is filled with holidays and other events, isn't it?. National holidays, family birthdays, and fun times with friends are examples of these events. On this occasion, Jesus is attending another festival. On this occasion in Jerusalem.

5: 2 Near the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem a healing place existed called the Pool of Bethesda. Those who sought after relief came here for the chance to be healthy. Bethesda was known as the miracle place.

5: 3,4 Many who were ailing came here to trade their sickness for wellness. They believed their life could and would change and improve here.

5: 5 A man afflicted for thirty-eight years came here daily. There isn't anything to indicate his actual age. If he had been sick since birth he was thirty-eight. If he lived ten years before he became sick he was forty-eight. If he was thirty-eight when he got sick he was seventy-six when Jesus came to him at the Pool of Bethesda. How old was the man? Who knows? Does it matter?

5: 6 What matters is that when Jesus realized the man had been sick thirty-eight years, Jesus asked the man a crucial question, "Do you want to get well?" Certainly, after thirty-eight years the man knew how to be sick. If you're sick you behave … well, sick, because that's what you know how to do.

Unfortunately, the man didn't have much current experience of being well. So, Jesus' question is appropriate.

5: 7 "Sir I have no one to help me." He felt alone. He felt frustrated. He felt broken physically and mentally. Being sick for thirty-eight long years had taken a weary toll on him. Even so, the man was about to encounter another dimension, which he had heard about, but had little personal knowledge of—the spiritual magnitude.

5: 8 Jesus ignores the man's excuses and explanations of why there has been no change in his circumstance. Jesus does this because it makes little difference what has gone on in his past. Today is a new day. Today the Son of God is visiting him. Jesus commands the man to get up, pick up his mat, and walk.

5: 9 Immediately his thirty-eight-year sickness left him. Did he feel a healing warmth? Did electricity shoot through his body? No one knows. Whatever happened, even if there was no feeling, the man obeyed what Jesus told him to do. Note, this miracle took place on the Sabbath.

5: 10 This upset the Pharisees when they saw the former sick man carrying his mat on the Sabbath. A big no-no. They questioned him, "What are you doing?" Certainly, the man knew better.

5: 11 The man told the Pharisees that he obeyed a command given him by the one who had cured him.

5: 12 Then the religious leaders wanted to know, "Who told you to defy the Sabbath laws?" Were the Pharisees guilty of majoring in minors? Yes. Did they abuse their authority? Yes.

5: 13 The man couldn't answer because Jesus hadn't given the man his name. Jesus had walked away into the crowd without promoting himself. Doesn't this seem curious? Can you imagine this happening today? There is so much self-promotion going on that it's sickening. But the man didn't have a Jesus business card, a slick brochure describing Jesus' available services, nor any other contact information.

5: 14 The healed man and Jesus met in the temple. Jesus didn't hide from the man or the Pharisees. Jesus said to the man, "See you are well. Don't sin anymore. Because there is a possibility that something worse can happen."

Does the excitement of being well tempt you to do sick things? If so, be careful lest a worse thing befalls you. Good advice is meant to be heeded.

5: 15 The healthy man went and told the Pharisees Jesus healed him. Why did the man feel obligated to tell the Pharisees Jesus healed him? Did he tell them because he respected them? Did he tell them because he was afraid of them? Did he tell them in case they wanted to be healed too?

5: 16 As a result of being told who healed the man, the Pharisees made a lot of trouble for Jesus. They, after all, were the protectors of the religion. They figured their motives were righteous. They believed they were ordained by God. They supposed it was their duty to persecute and prosecute offenders of their religion.

5: 17 But Jesus responded to them that his Father hadn't stopped working so, neither would he. This isn't what they wanted to hear. They wanted an admission of wrong-doing, repentance, and a promise nothing like this would happen again. To them, Jesus was arrogant and his attitude didn't win friends or influence people like them.

5: 18 Jesus' response caused further separation between him and the Pharisees. It did because as far as they were concerned 1) Jesus broke the Sabbath laws and 2) Jesus claimed God as his Father. 3) This made Jesus equal with God.

Jesus pushed their buttons and they reacted like bullies ordinarily react.

Your Observations:

This miracle is rich in details and significance. Take a moment to observe the miracle from the man's viewpoint, the Pharisee's viewpoint, and Jesus' viewpoint. What do you see or suspect is happening here? Write your thoughts and insights in your journal.

What did it mean then?

In the higher story, Jesus/God do not necessarily regard human traditions, laws, or observances as binding on their behavior. But in the lower story (humanity's story) there exists a fear of bending or breaking rules of offending the authorities.

Careful observance of rules, precepts, and laws was always the smart thing to do. The majority complied. They complied because religion reigned. People understood a steep price was paid for the slightest religious disobedience or disrespect.

Then too, the majority were convinced obedience won them favor with God. The man healed had reason to fear when he carried his mat on the Sabbath. Yet the once sick and now well man doesn't seem intimidated by the Pharisees. The man had been sick for thirty-eight long years. His joy emboldened him. They couldn't take his delight away.

He didn't need their religion. In fact, their religion sounded pretty petty. "Look at me, I'm well."

What does it mean now?

I doubt we have a problem identifying with the religious obstruction expressed during Jesus' earthly ministry. At times we get caught up in the same limiting religious thought.

Depending on our denominational background, we learn how to be good Lutherans, good Baptists, good Pentecostals, or good whatever our denominational tag happens to be.

We learn and talk our denominations jargon and we immediately know when someone isn't speaking the language properly. You must be from the north. You must be from the south. You must be a foreigner.

And talking correctly isn't the only thing the keepers of religion look for. Because there is a correct way to pray, there is a correct way to cross yourself, there is a correct way to worship, etc.

We are, unfortunately, in danger of living religion and never developing a relationship with Jesus. This is sad because it means we miss out on God's best. This man didn't miss meeting Jesus. This man was never the same after this incident at the Pool of Bethesda. This was a special moment that changed his life forever.

Summary

It's too bad that the Pharisees missed the bigger drama being played out. Everyone watched for the Messiah to show up. But, when the Messiah showed up they didn't notice.

Tragic.

Yet, it's just as tragic when we don't or won't recognize Jesus as the King of kings and the Lord of lords.

Can you find any other place in the Bible where something like this miracle happened? What Jesus accomplished, that no one else had accomplished, is a demonstration of his power over disease and it made no difference how long the man had been sick.

Thirty-eight years = 13,870 days = 332,880 hours = 19,972,800 seconds. This is a heavy load of sickness. This man knew what sick was. This man didn't know or remember much about how to live well (healthy).

Do you want to be well? Take up your bed and walk. Feel the thrill of this miracle.


Bible Study #4: The Power Over Quantity

Introduction:

Is there something that you consider impossible?

I don't mean nonsense things.

I mean things that are possible but you doubt they are possible. I'm thinking about something that may be possible, but wouldn't be probable, in your estimation, until you'd gathered the facts, certified the information, or experienced I can feel it, I can see it proof.

Before this miracle, you can likely hear the grumbling on the hillside, "Why are we sitting in groups? Where's the food? If there's food, I hope I get some. I'm starving."

In a crowd of 5000 plus there might have been one or two who believed Jesus could fill the growling bellies of everyone, but, really, I doubt there were more than one or two. The disciples certainly didn't appear to be counted among the one or two.

Would you think Jesus could pull it off … feed 5000 plus? I mean not just give them a nibble but satisfy their hunger completely? No. I think not. It would have been wacky to assume Jesus had this sort of power and ability.

This miracle of feeding the 5000 plus is absolute proof that Jesus has the power over quantity.

But there's more. Jesus not only fed the 5000 plus to their belching satisfaction, Jesus' disciples gathered more scraps than the original amount of five small loaves and three fish. Twelves baskets were filled, to be precise.

How does that happen? Who is this Jesus? Here is another undeniable piece of evidence that John is asking us to swallow: Jesus, John argues, is the Messiah sent by God.

Is this possible?

Read and Review John 6:1-15

My Observations:

6: 1 Jesus traveled throughout Israel, not remaining in one place. He moved his message and ministry around. The were no revival meetings lasting weeks or months. Jesus went to various places where people were. People became fascinated with Jesus and many gathered wherever he showed up. Jesus crossed the Sea of Galilee (Tiberias).

6: 2 The crowds that followed Jesus grew larger and larger. They couldn't get their fill of watching Jesus heal sick and renew lives. They wanted to be where Jesus was.

6: 3 Jesus traveled to a mountainside and sat down with his disciples.

6: 4 The most honored and festival in Jewish life was coming up, the Passover. The Passover celebrated God's deliverance of their ancestors from Egyptian slavery.

6: 5 When Jesus looked across the crowd coming to him, he questioned one of his disciples, Phillip, "where can we buy enough bread to feed all these people?"

6: 6 Jesus didn't interrogate Phillip because he needed Phillip's suggestion. Jesus tested Phillip to find out what Phillip would say. Jesus already had a plan and knew exactly what he would do. This was another opportunity for Phillip and the other disciples to put their faith in Jesus.

6: 7 Phillip didn't immediately grasp what was going on. Phillip answered Jesus from his humanity, "Wow! I'd have to work for six months before I'd be able to give this crowd even one bite of food." This is a revealing and dramatic statement and is going to amplify the miracle that is about to happen.

6: 8 Then another disciple, Andrew, enters into the conversation.

6: 9 Andrew said, "I noticed a boy here with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but what's that going to do to satisfy this hungry crowd?"

6: 10 The Master engages the next phase of his plan. "Tell the people to sit down." And about five thousand men (and their families?) sat down on the grass, about to receive a picnic lunch they would never forget.

6: 11 Everyone watched Jesus. Jesus received the loaves and fish. He lifted them toward heaven. "Thank you, Father." Then Jesus gave each person as much food as they wanted.

If you were first to grab some bread and fish it probably didn't seem like a big deal to take as much food as you wanted, but if you happened to be number 5000 or so, then it was a big deal.

6: 12 After everyone satisfied their hunger Jesus said to his disciples, "Gather up the leftover scraps so that nothing is wasted." My mother loved this idea, "Save the leftovers," she instructed, "I'll use them later."

6: 13 So the disciples went to each person and took back what was left over. When the disciples finished this task, there were twelve baskets filled with the scraps from this miracle.

Impossible? Evidently not.

6: 14 The impressed crowd realized something special happened. As they worked it out in their minds, they concluded, "this surely is the prophet who was predicted to come into our world."

6: 15 Jesus knew their thought was to accost him and make him king by force.

Here is another unnatural event, how did Jesus scoot past five-thousand souls and disappear to the mountain by himself? How? What's your answer?

Your Observations:

Read the story. See the story. Feel the story. Be there. What's included in the story that you didn't notice before? Fill in your blanks and discover something new as you write in your journal.

What did it mean then?

Certainly, some in this group of 5000+ remembered the incidents their ancestors experienced when wandering the wilderness for 40 years.

They remembered God causing manna to fall like snow. They remembered hearing stories about their relatives gathering manna daily, and a little more the day before Sabbath. Yes, undoubtedly, some remembered that God had provided for them, not just manna, but doves, and water where there was no water. God took care of them this way and in other ways—their shoes didn't wear out. Now they saw Jesus provide abundance from the scarcity of five barley loaves and two fish.

The parallel was obvious. What Jesus did wasn't technically something from nothing, yet it was something from almost nothing ... and then add the leftovers. Wow!

People did the math. They put two and two together and came up with the solution that Jesus ought to be crowned king.

Of course, Jesus is a king. In fact, Jesus is the King of kings. But as Jesus would say in another place, "My kingdom is not of this world."

What does it mean now?

God doesn't change and doesn't need to. Sometimes I've been fooled into thinking that that was then and this is now. But, again, God is God. What this miracle meant then means the same thing now.

Still, it is easy for me to imagine the crowd that day, when Jesus multiplied bread and fish, felt the same way. The wilderness manna story was a few thousand years old. They maybe wondered if that manna story was true or just something exaggerated to give people a false hope and make them feel good.

Then this miracle happened. The history bridged to the present in an instant. This is like that. Manna then, now, fish and chips.

We need to be careful not to limit God. While the past is no indicator of what may happen today, it's also a mistake to assume what happened in the past can't happen today … or won't happen today.

We are too often blinded by what we don't know, by what we are unwilling to believe. But it seems smart to set our cynicism and skepticism aside. The same God who supplied daily manna is the same Lord supplying bread and fish for the 5000+. This is how it is, whether we think so or not.

God isn't bound by time like we are. God is always present. God is always active. God is always busy caring for us.

This miracle is a cover, a blanket, for your circumstance. Ask yourself, "What are the possibilities? What might God do that I haven't thought about? What if I saw something happen that I know is out of the ordinary?"

Lord cover me , in Jesus name.

Who knows for sure what may happen? What if Jesus raises you to heaven, as he did the bread and fish, gives thanks, and gives you out to the masses waiting for spiritual food? Visualize that. That's one possible scenario for what this means now.

Summary

I'm content with poverty. At times this may be okay, but at other times it isn't. Instead of a poverty mentality, I should exhibit a wealth mentality. Yes, if I don't have it, I don't have it. However, rarely does it occur to me to take the little bit I do have and put it into the hands of Jesus.

I know that sounds a lot like the prosperity gospel that's preached, but it's much more than a get rich quick scheme. This is putting you into a situation where God gives you a blessing because he intends to show you he's not dead but actively alive.

The point of this is that we need to look for an expect that Jesus can multiply almost nothing into something beyond our imagination. The difference between the prosperity gospel and this is that we don't decide what's going to happen … it isn't our plan, it isn't our idea, it's Jesus' idea and plan.

Surprise! Surprise! Here is another reason Jesus is the Messiah and I'm not (and you aren't, either). Jesus' plan trumps my plan. That's hard to digest for some.


Bible Study #5: The Power Over Nature

Introduction:

There's a lot of attention being given to the environment (the climate), and how we're influenced and affected by it.

On one side, it's a mistake to suppose that we can behave badly with our world's ecosystem and not reap serious, devastating, consequences. You don't have to be a tree hugger to know there's something beneficial to taking care of what has been entrusted us in nature.

On the other side, there is an opinion that whatever we do the earth has the ability to renew itself. This notion seems a little suspect. It does because we're interrelated. People, places, and things seen and unseen are part of our world. We are interconnected.

In this miracle, Jesus confirms this truth and shows an ability that's more than praying for rain or sunshine. Jesus demonstrates his authority and power over the environment.

How? By walking on the water to rescue his disciples struggling on the rough sea.

No one, admittedly, ever walked on water, except Jesus. Nonetheless, there is something else in John 6 that shows Jesus' power. Do you know what it is? When you finish this short story you'll know what it is.

This additional ability is another confirmation, that Jesus is the one sent by God to become our Messiah.

Read and Review John 6:16-24

My Observations:

6: 16 The disciples left the mountain where Jesus fed the 5000+ and descended to the lake. It was evening. Jesus wasn't with them. How did that feel?

6: 17 At the lake they got into a boat and set off for Capernaum. It was dark. Jesus, still, wasn't with them. Were they reluctant to go without Jesus?

6: 18 A strong wind began to blow, became intense, and the sea became rough to maneuver. Jesus wasn't physically with them. Did they think they had made a mistake not waiting for Jesus?

6: 19 They struggled to row the boat across the lake. They rowed three or four miles when they saw someone coming towards them walking on the water. Is that Jesus? They didn't know for sure. They were frightened by the unsolved mystery.

6: 20 Relief. It turned out to be Jesus who walked toward them on the water. The wind continued to blow hard. The sea churned and threatened them. Yet they heard Jesus say, "It's me, Jesus, don't be afraid." I like hearing the comfort of these words.

6: 21 They were consoled and grateful to bring Jesus into the boat. And something else miraculous happened, they and the boat immediately arrived at the place they were trying to get to. How did this come about? What thoughts went through the disciple's minds?

6: 22 The next day the people who had stayed on the other side of the lake knew that Jesus had not gone in the boat with his followers but that they had left without him. And they knew that only one boat had been there. So where is Jesus?

6: 23 They must have missed something. For sure Jesus had given thanks to God and fed the 5000+. They watched as other boats came near to the place. No, Jesus wasn't with any of these boats.

6: 24 They concluded that Jesus went to Capernaum with his disciples so they got into other boats and went to find Jesus.

Your Observations:

Jesus demonstrated his power over nature, had this ever happened before? Can you name a couple of occasions when this happened before? (hint: 1) The Red Sea. 2) Jordan river. 3) There are many more.) What else do you see in these verses? Write your observations, spiritual insights, and questions in your journal.

What did it mean then?

Jesus accomplished the same sort of command over nature that his Father did. For those who could add one plus one, they concluded and solved the problem correctly, Jesus and the Father, the two, are one. This was another proof that Jesus was their Messiah, the one sent by God, the person they were waiting for.

What does it mean now?

John's story of this miracle can be as powerful today as it was when it happened. In some ways, we have an advantage because we have the opportunity to accept this incident as true without the benefit of experience or reliance on our senses … we believe although we have not seen. We embrace this story with our faith. Your faith will be well rewarded.

Summary

John 6 declares, "Do you want solid evidence that Jesus is who Jesus says he is? If you do, carefully examine what is written."

Then bang, bang, bang John relates three short stories that are irrefutable proof that God is on the move for our welfare:
1. Jesus feeds 5000+.
2. Jesus walks on water.
3. Jesus declares himself the bread of life.

Decision time, who is Jesus? Who do you say Jesus is? In two verses in John 6:68, 69 Peter gives a clear reply, "You have the words of eternal life … you are the Holy One of God."

Jesus came walking toward the disciples on the water. They were afraid but took Jesus into the boat. And immediately the boat arrived at the shore. This is the event often missed. This miracle speaks of Jesus' power over anything physical. Watch the action. They were struggling in the boat. Jesus stepped into the boat. The boat was instantaneously transported to the shore.

As fantastic as it sounds, those who heard the story were given the opportunity to believe.

This entire story happened so that you may accept that Jesus is the King of kings and Lord of lords.

Are you convinced yet?

If not, there's more ahead from John.


Bible Study #6: The Power Over Misfortune

Introduction:

Have you experienced misfortune? If so, you know what pain, misery, and despair feel like.

This miracle is a story of restoration—a second chance to live whole. Jesus completely overwhelms and concurs misfortune.

A major point for us to ponder as we read is that Jesus offers us, too, physical, emotional, and spiritual healing.

Keep an eye on how this story unfolds. Included here is an invitation. You are invited to place the details of your misfortune into the capable hands of Jesus. See and experience for yourself what the Lord has the ability to do.

Jesus furnishes plenty of evidence that he rules and controls misfortune … and misfortune's purpose.

You may have heard: Why then do bad things happen to good people?

We many times assume bad things happen because God is impotent or distracted. We sometimes suppose God only exists to kiss our boo-boos, fix things that are broken. But what if there is a higher purpose going on?

Without defining what constitutes good people or bad people, I'd like to point out what Jesus said. This man isn't the cause of his blindness from birth. Neither are the sins of his mother or father responsible for this man's blindness. No, this blindness exists so that God may be glorified.

Jesus presents an altogether different idea, which is more than merely soothing or fixing things. Glorifying God is the higher purpose.

Perhaps during misfortune, a better question is: How will this misfortune honor and glorify God? Not, how will Jesus fix this? Or who sinned?

Jesus honors and glorifies His Father by showing His sovereignty over misfortune. Let's zero in on this concept.

With a higher purpose to honor and glorify God, Jesus changes this man's misfortune.

Enjoy this liberating study.

Read and Review John 9:1-7

My Observations:

9: 1 Daily things transpire that we wonder about. Why do bad things happen to good people? Why do the innocent suffer? Is there any justice in the world? The answers to these questions are teachable moments. Jesus saw a man born blind as he traveled with his disciples. It became a teachable moment.

9: 2 Respectfully Jesus' disciples asked, "Whose fault (sin) is this, the man's or his parents?" In their minds, there must be a definite negative cause. Yet, it isn't what they supposed. Jesus introduces them to a totally new idea.

9: 3 Jesus gave a profound answer concerning this man's circumstances. "Neither this man," Jesus said, "or his parents are at fault. This happened so that God's power could be shown." My question then is: Are their circumstances today that are opportunities waiting to certify the power of God? I'm inclined to say, "Yes."

9: 4 And Jesus adds details to what is about to happen to this man. In effect, Jesus adds, "While it is light we work. When dark comes we won't work." 9: 5 And to further teach his disciples a truth he finishes with, "I am the light of the world." Light shines into the darkness and the darkness is consumed by the light.

9: 6 Look what happens as light penetrates darkness. Jesus spits on the ground. Kneels. Makes a mud cake. And smears it on the man's eyes. Was the man surprised that someone touched him?

9: 7 Then, Jesus instructs the man to go wash his eyes at the Pool of Siloam. The blind man obeys. After doing what he was told, he went home seeing everything. Misfortune melted away. Light replaced darkness. Healing changed his life.

Your Observations:

The healed man's story continues through the chapter. But the proof Jesus has power over misfortune is evident in the first seven verses. Of course, you can comment on the entire chapter verse by verse if you'd like. There are a lot of insights to open up.

What did it mean then?

Sin caused a lot of misfortune. Most accepted that little could be done about misfortune. A fatalism existed … it must be God's will. There is no sense trying to make sense of misfortune because it is what it is. Jesus' intervention challenged their perception.

What does it mean now?

Assumptions about misfortune haven't changed much. Probably the majority anticipate there isn't much to be done about misfortune. If a man is blind what can be done about it? Isn't sin the cause of misfortune?

Yet, Jesus established his power over misfortune. We're left to ask ourselves then, Do we believe Jesus is able to overpower our misfortune?

What if obedient faith required me to go and wash at the Pool of Siloam? What may happen if I actually trusted the commands of the Lord?

Summary

Here is another occasion where it's undeniable that the power of God is flowing through Jesus.

Jesus changed everything.

Those who paid attention were blest beyond imagination. Imagine dark and empty blindness one moment and brilliant colors, shapes, and light in the next moment.

Would you care at all that some thought you were a liar? No. Your explanation would be like the man's, "I don't know if Jesus is good or bad. What I do know is that I was blind, but now I can see."

Who can refute this?


Bible Study #7: The Power Over Death

Introduction

We've been lied to. We've been taught that dead is dead. We've misplaced the truth. Jesus demonstrates in this miracle that dead is dead has an exception. Dead isn't absolute when Jesus is involved.

Physical death is the topic, but there is much more being revealed. This power over death miracle is a fascinating and emancipating exception to our old manner of reasoning.

In this new reasoning, new thinking, we are offered a new reality. This new reality has ramifications which expose and blow up the view that dead is dead. In other words, physical death doesn't end our existence. Death is but one more step away from the temporary on our journey into eternity. There is new ground to discover and explore in Jesus power over death. What takes place in this seventh miracle will alter your life completely. Come and see why.

Read and Review John 11:1-45

My Observations:

11: 1 Lazarus lived in Bethany, a town two miles from Jerusalem. Lazarus was seriously sick. Lazarus had two sisters, Martha and Mary.

11: 2 Lazarus' sister Mary is the one who anointed Jesus' feet with expensive perfume and wiped his feet with her hair. Mary and Jesus were friends.

11: 3 Mary, Martha, and Lazarus had a close relationship with Jesus. Mary and Martha knew without a doubt that Jesus cared for them. Mary and Martha sent word to Jesus, "Lord the one you love is sick."

11: 4 When Jesus received the message and learned that Lazarus was sick, Jesus told his disciples, "Lazarus' won't die. Rather, Lazarus' sickness will bring glory to God and his Son."

11: 5 For emphasis note, Jesus cared about and loved Lazarus, Martha, and Mary. Jesus had an emotional connection with them.

11: 6 Yet, despite Jesus' love for them, he remained two more days in the spot where he received the message about Lazarus. (i.e., across the Jordan where John had formerly baptized during his ministry).

11: 7 After two days Jesus said to his companions, "Let's go back to Judea."

11: 8 The disciples objected to Jesus' plan. They objected because they wished to protect Jesus from being stoned to death by his enemies.

11: 9 Jesus replied to their objection by presenting them a marvelous truth about light and dark. Jesus is the light of the world. He didn't need human protection, or fear the dark's opposition, because he already had his Father's commission and thus, his Father's impregnable protection.

11: 10 When the light is extinguished it's dark. People stumble in the dark. When it's dark people are in danger, because there's no light.

11: 11 However, God's plan is in motion. Jesus is the vehicle that will bring restoration to Lazarus. Jesus will also cause his Father to be honored and glorified. Too, what Jesus is about to do will create jealousy among the religious leaders, but joy and wonder among Jesus' followers.

11: 12 Still initially, the disciples didn't understand Jesus' plan. The disciples were trapped in the web of human intellect. They reasoned if Lazarus slept he certainly would wake up.

11: 13 Jesus really meant Lazarus was dead, even though the disciples thought Lazarus was only sleeping.

11: 14 Jesus tells them plainly that Lazarus is dead. Jesus is about to show them that his Father has given him the power over death.

11: 15 They set out to go to where Lazarus is. This will become an opportunity for the disciples and others to put their faith in Jesus. This is happening for their sakes. Jesus says, "Let's go get this done."

11: 16 Thomas said, from his human perspective, "Let's go and die with him." Thomas, as the other disciples supposed, Jesus was walking into danger. 11: 17 When Jesus and those with him arrived in Bethany they learned that Lazarus had been in a tomb four days. How dreadful can it get? Consequently, how powerful is this miracle?

11: 18 Bethany is less than two miles from Jerusalem. Lots of folks could easily and quickly travel from Jerusalem to Bethany.

11: 19 And many friends came from Jerusalem wanting to console Martha and Mary. Extending kindness to the grieving is the proper thing to do.

11: 20 Someone informed Martha Jesus was on his way to Bethany. Martha went to meet him. Mary heard the message too, but chose to remain in the house and not go with Martha.

11: 21 Martha's mind was flooded with many thoughts. She spoke from her heart when she stood in front of Jesus, "Lord if you had been here my brother wouldn't be dead."

11: 22 Martha's second thought was spoken maybe from her spirit, "Even though my brother is dead I know that whatever you ask for will be accomplished." 11: 23 Jesus felt her grief and admired her faith. He said, "Your brother will rise again."

11: 24 Martha imagined the future, but Jesus spoke of the present.

11: 25 Jesus announced a profound truth to Martha's statement. "I am the resurrection and the life." The key phrase is I am because, with this phrase Jesus compares and makes himself equal to God Almighty. Thus, Jesus is physically God on earth. But there is more, Jesus says, "Everyone who believes in me will live even after dying." The implication is that temporary death isn't the end of life. Dead isn't dead. And life connected with God is eternal.

11: 26 Notice too, a distinction is being made between eternal life and eternal death. Death is one reality. Life is an alternate reality. Those who align themselves with Christ will never die … they will cross from temporary death into eternal life. What a compelling and colorful invitation. Further, Jesus makes this personal when he asks, "Do you believe this Martha?"

11: 27 Martha is spiritually savvy and she shows she has been paying attention to the teaching of Jesus. She confesses, "I have always believed you are the Messiah sent by God." Jesus as Messiah is a choice everyone is afforded. Who is Jesus to you?

11: 28 Martha left Jesus and went home to get Mary. Martha took her sister aside and said, "The Master is here and wants to see you."

11: 29 Mary went to Jesus immediately. No hesitation. Mary dropped everything and fast walked to Jesus.

11: 30 Jesus hadn't moved from the spot where Martha had left him outside the village. Mary found Jesus there.

11: 31 People had gathered to console Mary and Martha. After Martha spoke to Mary, Mary rushed from the house. The mourners assumed she was going to weep at Lazarus' tomb. So, they followed Mary.

11: 32 When Marry arrived where Martha said Jesus was waiting, she found Jesus. Out of respect, Mary knelt at Jesus' feet. Then she said, "Lord if you had been here my brother would not have died."

Both Mary and Martha felt that Jesus' physical presence would have made a difference and kept Lazarus alive.

11: 33 Next, notice this disturbing, yet revealing verse. Why is Jesus angry and troubled? Jesus shows spiritual anger, and it highlights a prime reason Jesus was sent from God—to offer us life instead of death. Jesus is troubled and angry at the consequences of sin (the willful disobedience to the known will of God).

11: 34 Jesus is on the move to actively pursue and defeat death. Jesus has the power and authority over death. "Where have you put Lazarus?" he asks. They reply, "Come and see."

11: 35 Jesus provides evidence that he is emotionally stirred by our physical and spiritual death. Jesus wept. Our blatant disobedience and disrespect of God has caused us untold misery.

11: 36 However, Jesus proves he can do something about death. The people watching Jesus' behavior correctly conclude Jesus loved Lazarus. Yet in the larger story, Jesus loves each of us and desires to undo death and impart life. This is a telling moment.

11: 37 Of course, there are plenty of skeptics to throw water on the fire, aren't there? "Yeah well, if Jesus is so powerful, why did this happen in the first place?"

Nonetheless, their doubt and contention make no difference, Jesus stays focused on his appointment with death.

11: 38 Jesus arrives at the tomb of Lazarus. Lazarus' tomb is a cave with a large stone rolled in front of its entrance. Jesus remains spiritually upset. 11: 39 Now in action, the Word of Life commands, "Roll the stone away."

Martha objects. "Master Lazarus has been dead for four days. The stench of death will be overwhelming."

11: 40 Jesus replies, "Didn't I tell you that you would see the glory of God if you believed?"

11: 41 So they rolled the stone aside. Perhaps the escaping odor caused those moving the stone to hold their breath. Maybe their eyes stung. It could be there was a rotten taste in their mouth.

Whatever. Jesus looked up to heaven and said, "Father thank you for hearing me." There is no distance between the Father and his Son. They are eternally one.

11: 42 "You always hear me. I'm saying this out loud because of the people here. I want them to understand that you sent me."

11: 43 The moment for Jesus' proof of power over death has come. Jesus orders, "Lazarus, come out!"

11: 44 Lazarus instantly obeys the command of Jesus. Lazarus emerges from the tomb with hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.

Can you imagine the reaction of those who saw this act of power over death? And then a final instruction, "Unwrap him and let him loose."

11: 45 Many that day put their faith in Jesus. Not everyone. Some were upset and refused Jesus. Sound familiar? Defiant, this group still doubted that Jesus is who he says (proved) he is.

Your Observations:

There are lots of insights into the personality of Jesus and his intention for everyone in this miracle. May the Holy Spirit unwrap these insights and intents as you study these verses. My prayer is that this story will modify your life forever.

What did it mean then?

Resurrection wasn't a common occurrence. It was rare. It did happen on occasion. It wasn't unprecedented.

In Israel's history, Elijah had prayed for the Lord to restore life to the widow of Zarapheth's boy. God answered Elijah's prayer.

Elisha did something similar. Nevertheless, what Jesus did in calling Lazarus from the grave uniquely positioned him as someone exceptional.

Jesus raising Lazarus, professed Jesus to be more than a holy man or another prophet sent from God. Jesus showed himself to be God's Son, the Messiah sent by God for the redemption of mankind.

Some people got it and others stubbornly refused to get it. Even so, John includes this miracle to add to the other decisive evidence that the Father intended Jesus to reconnect people to their Creator. This is huge.

What does it mean now?

Presently, stories of death experiences are fairly common. Several non-fiction publications testify of people dying, seeing heaven or some imagined form of heaven, and returning to life. Consequently, a cynic may say, "What's the big deal that Jesus raised Lazarus from his grave?

Well, this is not that. The big deal is that there is an enormous difference between a contemporary report and the account in the Gospel of John.

One main difference is that Jesus' miracles were done in front of plenty of witnesses. Witnesses that were pro and con Jesus people. Citizens saw what happened. Modern-day stories rarely, if ever, have spectators. They are solo stories.

On the contrary, Jesus's miracle of calling Lazarus to life after four days dead is an amazing deed. This accomplishment, if truly grasped, should cause total fear and trembling. Because this miracle isn't a fairy tale. People saw it and talked about it.

That's the rub, though, isn't it? You and I didn't actually witness this event. So then, who has the faith to believe this story written by John. You? Me? I, for one, believe the story that John has written.

Summary

Because some imagine that they know everything there is to know about Jesus they fail to be stirred by this miracle. Yet this miracle is evidence that Jesus has the power over death. Personalize this. Dare yourself to dwell on this miracle for a minute or two. Hit refresh and look again at the depth of its meaning.

May the cynic or skeptic pause and allow the intensity of this unnatural event seep into their mind and heart. If done this will evoke a similar feeling felt by those that day who heard Jesus command, "Lazarus come forth!"

Use your God-given faith. Believe what you cannot see with your physical eyes. Yet are able to see with your spiritual eyes.

Reject death. Choose life.


Final thought:

John wrote, "Jesus worked many other miracles for his disciples, and not all of them are written in this book. But these are written so that you will put your faith in Jesus as the Messiah and the Son of God. If you have faith in him, you will have true life." John 20:30,31 CEV.

About the author:

Lee Escobedo is retired from a 25+ year career in Christian radio at Family Life Radio in Tucson, Arizona.
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