In the Beginning

The Memorial Supper According to John The Memorial season brings special thoughts regarding the sacrifice of Jesus. While much of the drama of the last week of Jesus’ life is spread throughout the four gospels, John’s gospel gives an intimate look into the last night Jesus spent with his disciples. This record according to John is the special consideration of this year’s Memorial issue. We open this issue with What the Memorial Means to Us. It encompasses a wide array of thoughts []

What the Memorial Means To Us

Our Present Inheritance “And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, there is no man that hath left house, orparents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God’s sake who shall not receivemanifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting” (Luke18:29,30). by Noah Amoo The very first decision to symbolize consecration through water baptism came with a reward. Our Lord’s words in the theme text were prompted by the young rich []

Before the Feast

John 13 “Now before the Feast of the Passover, Jesus, knowing that his hour had come that hewould depart from this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world,he loved them to the end” (John 13:1, all scriptures from NASB). by Kome Ajise The 13th chapter of John’s gospel opens with clear confirmation of our Lord’s awareness of his impending death on this final night with his disciples. John also indicates in the very first verse the []

Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled

Advice from John 14 “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me” (John 14:1, Otherscriptures from Contemporary English Translation unless otherwise noted.) by Jonathan Gray Try to imagine yourself as one of the twelve invited by Jesus to share the Passover meal on his last night on earth. Consider your observations, and what you might have thought as you heard Jesus take on a new, more solemn tone. Jesus pauses during dinner. You see that he []

Preparing the Apostles

John 15,16 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman” (John 15:1, scriptures from NASBunless otherwise noted.) by Nathan Austin In the Upper Room, Jesus washed the disciples’ feet, predicted his betrayal, and the denials of Peter. He encouraged them, explaining his relationship to the Father and promising the holy Spirit. He then said, “Get up, let’s go from here” (John 14:31). We can imagine them filing out of the upper room and beginning their journey to Gethsemane. Knowing []