JOHN 21: From Fish to Sheep

Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men and women (Matthew 4:19). By Stephen W. Hiemstra When I worked in the hospital with psychiatric patients, I met a man with a huge Bible. When we spoke, he opened up this Bible and showed me the many color photographs. When he spoke with the […]

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JOHN 20: Encounters with the Risen Christ

By Stephen W. Hiemstra Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit (John 12:24 ESV). How do you respond to the risen Christ? In John 20 we observe 8 encounters with the risen Christ. 1. The […]

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JOHN 19: Suffered, Crucified, Died, Buried

By Stephen W. Hiemstra He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth (Isaiah 53:7 ESV). Jesus’ life story is an important part of the Apostle […]

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JOHN 18: The Arrest and Trials of Jesus

By Stephen W. Hiemstra Whom do you seek?  They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus said to them, I am he… they drew back and fell to the ground (John 18:4-6 ESV). Jesus is full of surprises. If a crowd of angry, armed men came up to you on a dark night and asked for […]

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JOHN 17: Intercessory Prayer

By Stephen W. Hiemstra Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you…I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours…I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in […]

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JOHN 16: The Helper

By Stephen W. Hiemstra Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long (Psalm 25:5 ESV). It is hard to image the terror of the disciples on the other side of the cross.  In John 16, we get a glimpse. […]

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JOHN 15: The Vine and the Branches

By Stephen W. Hiemstra What more was there to do for my vineyard, that I have not done in it? When I looked for it to yield grapes, why did it yield wild grapes? … For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel (Isaiah 5:4-7 ESV). The metaphor of the vine […]

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JOHN 14: Jesus’ Farewell Consolation

By Stephen W. Hiemstra It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed (Deuteronomy 31:8 ESV). One of the simplest and most profound lessons that I learned in seminary was called a ministry of presence. It is […]

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JOHN 13: Foot Washing

By Stephen W. Hiemstra A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.  By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another (John 13:34-35 ESV). What does it mean to […]

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JOHN 12: Jesus Messiah

By Stephen W. Hiemstra Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey (Zechariah 9:9 ESV). What kind of Messiah is Jesus? Messiah is a […]

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