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His own did not receive Him

“He came to His own…”

“He came to His own…”

 This entry is part 1 of 12 in the series His own did not receive Him

 This entry is part 1 of 12 in the series His own did not receive Him“He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.” (John 1:11) I wonder if you even noticed it as we were reading the beginning of John’s account. The statement above is…

Words that make you stand up and listen

Words that make you stand up and listen

 This entry is part 2 of 12 in the series His own did not receive Him

 This entry is part 2 of 12 in the series His own did not receive HimIt started like a pretty ordinary day for the guy in John 5. He was sat there by the pool – perhaps under one of the five roofed colonnades mentioned in v21. He was presumably…

Words that bear the weight of cross-examination

Words that bear the weight of cross-examination

 This entry is part 3 of 12 in the series His own did not receive Him

 This entry is part 3 of 12 in the series His own did not receive HimI’ve got a friend who has an extraordinary memory and finds himself in the weirdest situations, which makes it hard to ignore wild claims he makes. But nine times out of ten, when his comments…

Words that work – doing “Exodus” again

Words that work – doing “Exodus” again

 This entry is part 4 of 12 in the series His own did not receive Him

 This entry is part 4 of 12 in the series His own did not receive HimI notice that the film “Exodus: Gods and Men” is out soon. Re-creating the extraordinary scale of the Exodus accounts is something the film makers of former generations could only dream of. But imagine trying…

Words that work – a new Exodus Rescuer

Words that work – a new Exodus Rescuer

 This entry is part 5 of 12 in the series His own did not receive Him

 This entry is part 5 of 12 in the series His own did not receive HimIf the last blog post seemed a bit like an English comprehension exercise, it was only to ensure that we see the scale of what Jesus was claiming during that Passover miracle 2000 years ago.…

Words that work – a new Exodus generation

Words that work – a new Exodus generation

 This entry is part 6 of 12 in the series His own did not receive Him

 This entry is part 6 of 12 in the series His own did not receive HimEat your heart out, Ridley Scott. The Exodus has already been recreated, only it was done for a real, and it was far more important. As we’ve seen over the last two blog posts, Jesus…

Words that get ignored

Words that get ignored

 This entry is part 7 of 12 in the series His own did not receive Him

 This entry is part 7 of 12 in the series His own did not receive HimThe internet is littered with examples of miscarriages of justice. A Wikipedia article exists listing more miscarriages of justice than I had time to count, including remarkable tales of individuals even being convicted for the…

Skipping bits of the Bible?

Skipping bits of the Bible?

 This entry is part 8 of 12 in the series His own did not receive Him

 This entry is part 8 of 12 in the series His own did not receive Him “Let  him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” It’s a famous line – perhaps one of the most famous verses in the Bible. And yet as…

Words that expose

Words that expose

 This entry is part 9 of 12 in the series His own did not receive Him

 This entry is part 9 of 12 in the series His own did not receive Him“You can’t handle the truth!” (Aaron Sorkin, A Few Good Men) The 1992 film “A Few Good Men” has been outstripped in popularity by its more famous “one-liner” spoken by Colonel Nathan R. Jessup. Even…

Words that illuminate – and blind

Words that illuminate – and blind

 This entry is part 10 of 12 in the series His own did not receive Him

 This entry is part 10 of 12 in the series His own did not receive HimGrowing up, my parents had a display case with all of the sporting achievements that had been accomplished by me and my brothers. Being considerably more bookish than the rest of them, I don’t remember…