Scripture: John 19:16b-22 The fog of the broken heart. It is a dark fog that silently imprisons the soul & refuses easy escape. It is a quiet mist that eclipses the sun & calls to the darkness. It is a heavy cloud that does not honor time & respects no person. Depression, discouragement, disappointment, & doubt. All of these are companions of the dreaded presence. The fog of a broken heart disorients our life. It makes it hard to see down the road. Dim your lights. Wip
Scripture: John 19:1-16a Ladies & gentlemen of the jury, I submit to you that the case against the accused is undeniable. The case has been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt. The only verdict possible is “guilty!” And the only appropriate sentence is death. Yes, I am asking you to render a death sentence against the accused. In the first case, the accused were given many opportunities to change their ways, to change their beliefs, & to follow the way of Christ. On numero
Scripture: John 18:28-40 First of all, I admit that I am weird. To prove it, when I am bored I wonder about weird things; things like:
- When does it stop being partly cloudy & start being partly sunny?
- Which baby is the cutest ever?
- How can something be both "new" & "improved," because if it's new, what is it improving on?
- Can you cry underwater?
Some of these may seem to be unanswerable questions; but they are, in fact, answerable. It's not rocket science.
Scripture: John 18:12-27 My wedding announcement experience. Our reading presents us with 2 contrasting images. One is the image of Jesus, who willingly offers himself to those who come to arrest him & boldly answers those who interrogate him. The other is the image of Jesus’ disciples who betray & deny the one who so freely gives his life for them. The other characters in the scenes, the Roman soldiers, the temple police, even Annas & Caiaphas, merely provide the backgrou