In Exodus 15, only 72 hours after the Israelites experienced one of the greatest miracles in human history…they were complaining. God had just delivered them out of the hand of the Egyptians, parted the Red Sea, and closed it again. Three days later, and the Israelites were groaning because they had no water to drink.
In our last post, we looked at the story of the woman caught in adultery. Jesus showed grace and love to this woman, outsmarting the self-righteous crowd that came to condemn her. At the end of the story in John 8, we find that she calls Him “Lord.”
Most of us have heard of the story of the woman caught in adultery in John 8. The religious leaders brought this woman before Jesus in an attempt to trap Him with a question: “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” Instead of humoring them, the Bible says, “Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, ‘Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.’”
Most of us have heard the story of the ten lepers that Jesus healed. Ten were physically healed, but only one returned to thank the Healer. Let’s take a look at the story in Luke 17:
“As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.
One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.
Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
Have you ever been through a storm that caused you to see God in a different way? Often, we learn much about ourselves, and our God, in the midst of challenges—when we reach the end of our own strength. This was the case for Jesus’s disciples in Matthew 14.
If you’ve ever seen a child open his or her gifts at a birthday party, you know that it’s human nature to care more about the gift than the giver. So often, we unwrap the gifts and blessings in our lives with the sole intention of enjoying them—not of thanking the giver.
This was also the case with the man at the Pool of Bethesda in John 5. As soon as Jesus healed him, this is what happened next...
Most of us would answer this question in the affirmative. However, there’s a story in John 5 that deserves close examination, where Jesus asks a man this very same question and gets another response. The man at Bethesda, who has been sick for 38 years—paralyzed physically—dodges the question entirely. Let’s take a look...
Lately, we’ve been examining the story of Jairus, and how God’s timing is sometimes much different than our own. As we wrap up our look at Jairus’s miracle—the resurrection of his daughter—there’s one more important principle to make note of. Jairus didn’t only trust God’s timing—he was also willing to keep following Christ even when he didn’t understand how things would work out in the end.
If you’ve followed Christ for any amount of time, you’ve probably realized that God works according to His own timing—not ours. It’s easy to trust this when things are going well; however, when crisis strikes, we can become angry, hurt, confused, and even bitter. We can ask how God can possibly delay in fulfilling what we perceive as our desperate needs.
The story of Zacchaeus has many things to teach us, both about ourselves as followers of Jesus and about Jesus Himself. Perhaps the most amazing part of the story is found in Luke 19:6-10. Let’s take a look.