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 []

News and Views

Religious Recently uncovered notes reveal that Isaac Newton attempted to uncover the secrets of the pyramids in Egypt while proving his theory of gravity. The unpublished notes, thought to have been written in the 1680s and only discovered 200 years after Newton’s death, are now being sold by Sotheby’s. Newton, who studied the pyramids in the late 17th century while at Woolsthorpe Manor in Lincolnshire, believed that finding out how the pyramids were made would unlock other secrets about the world. He []

Today In Prophecy

The United Nations at 75 “He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; He breaketh the bow; and cutteth the spear in sunder; He burneth the chariots in the fire” (Psalms 46:9. Scriptures from Revised Version Improved and Corrected unless noted otherwise.) The United Nations (UN) was founded in 1945 after the Second World War. Fifty-one countries committed to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations and promote social progress, better living standards and human rights. []