Can you relate to Peter, Thomas, and Paul in their interaction with Jesus? Their stories offer encouragement as we seek to follow our risen Lord. Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again!
Journey with us as we follow Jesus and the disciples on the last leg of the road to the cross.
From John 17:6-25. We often ask others to pray for us and it is always encouraging to hear that they do. However, the reality that Jesus Christ is praying for us…now that takes encouragement to another level! Take heart friends, Jesus is praying for you.
From John 16:5-16. While on their final journey to Jerusalem, Jesus reassured the disciples by saying, “You will not be alone because I am sending the Holy Spirit.” Sometimes our circumstances leave us feeling worried, confused, or even alone. But Jesus still speaks – you are never alone. The Spirit of God is always present with the people of God, comforting and guiding us.
From John 15:1-17. Food and water are absolutely essential ingredients for physical life. However, when it comes to spiritual life, there is another essential ingredient. Jesus teaches in John 15 that in order to “stay alive” you must “remain in the vine,” because “I am the vine and you are the branches.”
John 11:21-27. Mary and Martha sent word to Jesus to come and help their brother, Lazarus, but Jesus did not come until it seemed there was no hope left. Do we trust Jesus when he doesn’t come through as we expect?
Why did Jesus curse the fig tree when it wasn’t the season for figs? Why did Jesus clear the temple of the moneylenders, dove sellers, and those who used these services–services which were necessary for some to worship at the temple? To what does Jesus point us in these stories?
Jesus’ introduction of the Passover meal was an epic moment–he was about to predict his death and provide the definitive explanation of his earthly existence. The disciples did not understand this moment, but the rest of the New Testament (written by the disciples) provides us with the meaning behind this remarkable episode. Let’s consider the eternal consequences of this one moment in time.
“In order to be great you must be a servant. Those who are first will be last…” This was the consistent message of Jesus, but the disciples didn’t understand. Everything about their environment suggested that greatness was associated with power, wealth, and fame. Isn’t this still the problem? As we consider Crossroads on the journey to the cross, let’s refocus on Jesus’ teaching about servanthood.