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Biblical truth standing on its spiritual head to get our eternal attention.

John 1:1-2 – Chiasm

| May 20, 2017

John 1:1-2 – Notice two things: 1) The order of the words in Greek is different than in English which lends itself to an interesting chiasm. 2) While we normally quote just 1:1 as a complete thought, the chiastic order suggests v.2 should be included. A – In (the) beginning was the Word B – […]

John 19:25-27 – When All We Can Do Is Be There

| December 7, 2016

Mary couldn’t do anything to stop Jesus’ suffering; but she could make sure He didn’t suffer alone (John 19:25-27). As Henri Nouwen said, “No man can stay alive if no one is waiting for him” (The Wounded Healer). We all know someone who is suffering. Like Mary, we can’t stop their suffering. Like Mary, we […]

John 20:7 – Buried Alive!

| October 13, 2016

Being buried alive, pardon the pun, scares people to death. In former times, without our medical advances, people were accidentally buried alive; then literally “saved by the bell” that was placed with the supposed corpse for such emergencies. While being mutilated was a horrible way to die, its benefit was a death that was verifiable […]

John 2:7 – Buried Alive!

| October 11, 2016

Being buried alive, pardon the pun, scares people to death. In former times, without our medical advances, people were accidentally buried alive; then literally “saved by the bell” that was placed with the supposed corpse for such emergencies. While being mutilated was a horrible way to die, its benefit was a death that was verifiable […]

John 7:40 – Chiasm

| January 28, 2016

A – (39) Now this He said  B – about the Spirit, C – whom those who believed in him C’ – were to receive, B’ – for as yet the Spirit had not been given, A’ –  because Jesus was not yet glorified.  

John 7:37-38 – Chiasm

| January 28, 2016

A – (37) On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, B – “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me. B’ – And drink (38) Whoever believes in Me. A’ – As the Scripture has said, ‘Out of His (i.e., Jesus) heart will flow rivers of […]

John 18:36 – My Kingdom is Different

| November 23, 2015

What did Jesus mean when saying “My kingdom is not of this world.” Did He simply mean otherworldly as in spiritual and not physical? World or kosmos often means “the systems of the world,” and “social constructs of society.” Then Jesus shows how: “or else My servants would be fighting.” I then wondered how many […]

John 20:1-12 – The Tomb as the Holy of Holies

| October 20, 2015

There was a special inner chamber the High Priest entered once a year with his special robes which he laid down (Lev.16:23), and contained the Ark of the Covenant covered with the Mercy Seat surrounded on each end by Cherubim. There was a special inner chamber our High Priest entered once, where He lay aside […]

John 11:1-12:3 – Chiasm

| September 6, 2015

John 11:1-12:3 – When seeing the chiastic structure of the resurrection of Lazarus we learn something surprising: the center is not the dramatic action scene of the resurrection of Lazarus; nor is it the emotionally dramatic scene of Jesus weeping. The center is not on what Jesus does; but on who Jesus is. The center is […]

John 7:17-18 – Want to be Wrong

| September 4, 2015

There is an irony in studying that is so uncomfortable it often controls our conclusions: We have to want to be wrong. Most often we couch it positively: we have to want to be right. But before we can be right we must first be willing to be proven wrong. It is the same with […]