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Jesus is the King of the World

How do you picture a king? Do you envision a man sitting on a throne in a large castle overseeing land and people, or maybe a knight in shining armor on a massive white horse coming back from a victorious battle with crowds of people cheering His return? Well, if that’s the case, what do we do with John chapter 12 and the story of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey...

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How Much is Jesus Worth?

How much do you think Jesus is worth? I mean, if you had to put a dollar figure on the Son of Man. What value would you give Him? And would you be willing to pay it?...

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Out of the Mouth of Babes

Sometimes people speak better than they know. That’s why we have sayings like “out of the mouth of babes”, an expression that we use when young and inexperienced people say things that are remarkably wise....

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Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life

After Lazarus dies in John chapter 11, Jesus meets his sister Martha on the road to the tomb. Now, Martha is obviously grieving the loss of her brother. So Jesus consoles her by saying, “Your brother will rise again”. But when Martha hears that, she assumes He’s talking about the resurrection that will take place on the last day. So Jesus clarifies, “I am the resur...

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How does Jesus demonstrate love?

Jesus provides us with a very strange demonstration of love in John chapter 11. In verse 5, we’re told, “Jesus loved Martha and her sister [Mary] and Lazarus. So, when He heard that Lazarus was ill, He stayed two days longer in the place where He was.” Now, if Jesus truly loved this family, how could He possibly delay when He heard Lazarus was sick?...

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Good Shepherd or Bad?

In John 10:14-15, Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd. I know My own and My own know Me, even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.” Now, how would the religious leaders in Jesus day understand that statement? Would they have a context for it? And what would come to their minds?...

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Salvation and Safety in One Statement

In John chapter 10, Jesus makes this bold statement, “I am the door of the sheep. All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly....

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Is He insane or is He God?

In John 10:20, there is much debate over who Jesus is. In fact, “Many of the religious leaders said, ‘He has a demon, and is insane: why listen to Him?’” And if you just look at the immediate context, you can totally understand their accusation of insanity....

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Conclusive Evidence to Worship Jesus

In John 9, Jesus heals a man born blind. So for confirmation, the religious leaders investigated the situation. And in every step of the process, the evidence was conclusive. It was consistent and confirming that Jesus gave physical sight to a man born physically blind; which obviously points us to the reality that Jesus is the one who gives spiritual sight, life, to th...

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Abraham Never Died

In John 8:51, Jesus declared, “Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word, he will never see death.” Now that’s an amazing promise; that those who believe in Jesus Christ will never see death. What’s equally amazing is that moments later, Jesus goes on to say to the Jews who were listening to Him, “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day. He saw it ...

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You Will Never See Death

How often do you think about death? And when you think about it, are you filled with questions? Where do you go? Who’s there? And what is it like? Well, Jesus has some incredible words for you in John 8:51 when He says, “Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word, he will never see death.” Now how is that possible? Don’t we all know Christians who h...

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Who is this Jesus Really?

Who is this Jesus really? Is He the Prophet? Is He the Messiah? Is He from the line of David? That’s what the crowd was asking in John chapter 7. In fact, verse 43 tells us, “There was a division among the people over Jesus.”...

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Life Stinks and then You Die!

“Life stinks and then you die!” At least that’s the view of a cynical bumper sticker that I just saw the other day. Now why do you think its author would characterize life in such hopeless and meaningless terms? And more importantly, is it a true statement? Is that all there is? Or does life have a greater purpose?...

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