Posts Tagged ‘disciple’

…a grain of wheat…

Posted: 19 March, 2013 in My stuff
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wheat-225x150If we are followers of Jesus, if he is the teacher and we are the learners then we need to learn from his example. He chose to do the will of his heavenly father. He calls us to do the same.
As we grow to be more like Jesus we must come to the point in our journey where we too can say ‘Not my will but yours be done’. (more…)

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Last week I flew interstate. This is not something I do very often but it is not altogether strange to me either.

In a moment of daydream while sitting in the boarding lounge (my flight was delayed) I was considering the person with whom I would end up sitting next to and the conversation we might have.

Now I am not one of those ‘do you know where you would go if you died tonight?’ Christian evangelists, but I do have a desire to see people come to faith in Jesus. Give me an opportunity and I will share the message.  And surely an hour and a half in a plane is an opportunity. (more…)

Now we turn to the last of Jesus disciples; last not only in our order but last in all the lists of the Gospel record.  He is Judas Iscariot.  He is always mentioned in regard to his betrayal of Jesus.

Judas appears to be one of the twelve; one of Jesus regular band of learner-companions.  He is first mentioned in the Gospel stories in the Gospel of Mark with the same story appearing in Matthews Gospel almost word for word.

Jesus was at the home of Simon the Leper (not a name you would be very proud of) when a woman came and poured expensive perfumed oil on his head.  With the sweet fragrance of the oil same the stink of complaint: “Why wasn’t it sold and the money used to help the poor?”  These words are used to reflect the thinking and the muttering of the guests, the disciples and Judas in particular. John lets us into the secret that Judas, who managed the money of Jesus and his band of disciples, was dipping his fingers into the till and using for himself. (more…)

Like most of the Apostles, we know very little about Thomas.  What we do know about him is pretty much all fort the wrong reasons.  If we know him as Thomas we probably know him better as Doubting Thomas.

The question is, was his doubt from disbelief or from a sort of healthy scepticism?

In John’s gospel, chapter 11, Jesus is told of his friend Lazarus’ illness.  Jesus does not just drop everything and go buy delays for a couple of days.  It must be remembered that Lazarus lived at Bethany, only a   short distance from Jerusalem and on Jesus previous visit to Jerusalem he had come close to being stoned by the religious leaders for what they thought to be blasphemy or even demon possession .   Whit this in mind we make some sense of the passage that says, “Thomas, whose nickname was “Twin,” said to the other disciples, “Come on. Let’s go, so we can die with him.” (more…)

Today I want to introduce you to two of the somewhat lesser know of Jesus disciples; James and Judas.                          Like just about all the other disciples they have a number of names or nicknames by which they are known.

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As we have heard, the people of Judea were expecting God’s promised Messiah; a deliver who would come to rescue them, set them free and inaugurate the Kingdom of God.  This expectation took on many forms.  Most expected the Messiah to liberate God’s people from the Romans.  There were a number of questions floating around at the time; ‘Why was God waiting so long?’  And if God was waiting, what was he waiting for?  And what could they do to hurry him up a bit?

Some believed that if just one Jew could live righteously within the Law of Moses for just one day then the messiah would come.

One movement teaches that if every Jew, everywhere, will observe two consecutive Sabbaths, the Messiah will come.

Another that if enough prayer and good deeds take place, the revelation of the Messiah will take place.

The Breslev Hassidim teach that the Messiah will come when the Jewish people are infused with joy and will worship God with their whole beings.

Video –  Benjamin Netanyahu Ordered to Hasten Jewish Messiah’s Coming

And it hasn’t changed.  In the mid 80s a group had plotted to blow up the Muslim Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, so that the Temple Mount could be cleared and the Temple rebuilt. Though such an action might well have provoked an international Islamic jihad (holy war) against Israel, some members of this underground group apparently welcomed such a possibility, feeling that a worldwide invasion of Israel would force God to bring the Messiah immediately.   (more…)

Philip brought Nathanael to Jesus.  In John’s gospel it reads like this…

John 1:45-51   Philip then found Nathanael and said, “We have found the one that Moses and the Prophets wrote about. He is Jesus, the son of Joseph from Nazareth.”  (46) Nathanael asked, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” Philip answered, “Come and see.”  (47) When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said, “Here is a true descendant of our ancestor Israel. And he isn’t deceitful.”  (48) “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, “Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree.”  (49) Nathanael said, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God and the King of Israel!”  (50) Jesus answered, “Did you believe me just because I said that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see something even greater.  (51) I tell you for certain that you will see heaven open and God’s angels going up and coming down on the Son of Man.” (more…)