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'Gospel of John' Tagged Posts

“It is Finished”

I read today from John’s gospel about the crucifixion and death of Jesus.  In verse 30, I found these words:  “When Jesus had received the wine, he said, ‘It is finished.’ Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” Have you ever wondered what Jesus meant by those words, “it is finished”?  A […]

Three Questions, Three Denials

My gospel reading for today is John 13:21-38, and it provides some of the discussion that took place around the table at the Last Supper. As I read, I noticed something that I hadn’t really focused on before. In this reading, Jesus speaks and, Peter, almost interrupting Jesus (I read it as interruptions), asks Jesus […]

Let’s Open Our Bibles

Sometimes I encounter Christians who suggest, or at least seem to imply, that Jesus was always available to meet every need of the people of his time, and that he would give them whatever they wanted. And so they expect the Church (and me, as pastor of a congregation) to do the same. And so […]

“You Will Never Wash My Feet”

My daily gospel reading for today is John 13:1-20, which describes the washing of the disciples feet by Jesus. As I read the passage today, I was struck by Peter’s two responses to Jesus. Peter’s first response, after Jesus tells Peter that Jesus will wash Peter’s feet, is “You will never wash my feet.” After […]