Jesus continues the discussion started yesterday about who he is and why he came:
“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man.”
Today, Jesus reaches out and touches an outcast:
A man with an advanced case of leprosy came and knelt before Jesus with his face to the ground, begging to be healed. “Lord, if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean,” he said.
Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out and touched him, “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!”
Today we’ll focus on Part 1 of one of the most famous conversations in human history:
Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”
Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”
Reading Romans has been a turning point for many Christians. It helped Martin Luther realize that we’re saved by grace through faith, sparking the Reformation. John Wesley felt his heart “strangely warmed” when he read Luther’s comments on Romans, which triggered another revival. Modern theologians continue to be amazed by the book. N.T. Wright called it the Apostle Paul’s “masterpiece” and “a work of massive substance, presenting a formidable intellectual challenge, while offering a breathtaking theological and spiritual vision.”
One day, two blind men came to Jesus. They wanted to see. He asked them a simple question that cut right to the heart of the matter:
Do you believe I can make you see?
Yes, Lord, we do.
Hebrews 11 is often called God’s “Hall of Faith.” It’s sort of a Who’s Who of the Old Testament and includes a little bio for each to help us understand how God wants us to live.