Daily Devotional

Jesus Baptized as Well As John

Guy Roberson

After Jesus discussed the New Birth with Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews, in John 3:1-21, the Divine Record tells us that Jesus and His disciples went into the land of Judea, (country side) and there remained with them and baptized” (John 3:22). This was during the same time that John was baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was much water there and people went to him and were baptized (John 3:23-24).

The Record states that this was ...

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Jesus Exhibits Zeal For His Father

Guy Roberson

John 2:13-17

 “Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers doing business. When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables. And He said to those who sold doves, ...

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Jesus Speaks of Living Water

Guy Roberson

Jesus had been very successful and this had created enmity and hatred among the religious leaders when they observed that more people were flocking to hear Jesus and were being baptized by His disciples than John.  Jesus left Judea because He was not ready to engage in conflict with them.  They departed to Galilee by way of Samaria (John 4:1-4).  The record states that He needed to go through Samaria. Jesus never did anything in a haphazard way. ...

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Jesus Chose Twelve to be Apostles

Guy Roberson

After being victorious against Satan and his temptations in the wilderness, Jesus began preaching throughout Galilee, teaching in the synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the Kingdom as described in Matthew 4:23-25.  Shortly after beginning His monumental task of preaching and preparing for the coming Kingdom, Jesus selected 12 men to serve as Apostles (Luke 6:12-16).

Luke informs us that after Jesus restored the hand of a man, the people were filled with rage, and discussed with one another ...

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Jesus Rejected by The Very Ones He Came To Save – Mark 6:1-6

That our Lord would be rejected by His own people was prophesied by the great Prophet Isaiah: “He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.  And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him” (Isa. 53:3).  There are several statements in the New Testament showing the rejection of Jesus.  ...

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Jesus, Honored by Nicodemus – John 3:1-21

Jesus not only preached the Kingdom of heaven was at hand Mark 1:15, He was engaged in many conversations with individuals concerning His teaching.  In fact, John records seven such conversations. One such person was Nicodemus, the one in our text.  However, it would be good for one to consider the passage in John 2:23-25 to help understand Nicodemus approaching Jesus, because he was probably one of ...

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Jesus Turns Water into Wine

Guy Roberson

In John 2:1-11, we read about Jesus, His mother, and His disciples attending a wedding of an unnamed couple at Cana in Galilee.  This story, where Jesus performs His first demonstration of power, is found only in John’s gospel. This wonderful story shows that Jesus was not an Ascetic (a person who dedicated his or her life to a pursuit of contemplative ideals ...

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Did Jesus Claim to Be God?

Guy Roberson

It has been argued that Jesus never claimed to be God, and any statements implying that He was are merely legends or myths that came into being after His death. Others have declared that Jesus was sincere but self-deceived. Such arguments may be made by skeptics or even from those who believe that Jesus was truly a good or even a great man, ...

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Why Did John Seem to Have Doubts About Jesus?

Guy Roberson

In Matthew 11:2-3, we read, “And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples and said to Him, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?” (cf. Luke 7:18-23).

As we have pointed out in the previous article, John was prophesied to be the forerunner of Jesus, His messenger, the one who ...

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The Testimony of John the Baptist Regarding the Christ

Guy Roberson

Although we have already looked at both the baptism of Jesus and His temptations, I want to begin a study of the mission of Jesus with a look at the testimony of John.

John’s work was the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy. The great prophet Isaiah foretold of his work: “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord; Make ...

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