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February 7, 2008, 12:29 pm
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d242 The Meaning of Life
January 23, 2008, 6:56 pm
Filed under: andrew, god, jesus, john, philip

Read John 12:20-36.

1. I’m wondering if, because these guys are Greek, that they are considered not as holy as the Jewish people. I dunno. It’s interesting that they wanted to worship there, though.
2. So…basically, Philip didn’t know what to do; so he went to Andrew. Together, they didn’t know what to do; so they went to Jesus. He he he…
3. Jesus starts talking about Himself being glorified (does this mean to non-Jewish people?).
4. You’ve got to die to produce. OK…I get that. So is this about Jesus dying, or the need for us to die to our SELF?
5. It appears that Jesus is talking about dying, Himself. And, He does seem to be at least somewhat tempted to be “spared” from what He is about to endure; but He knows that this is exactly why He’s on the earth…to die.
6. Jesus lives to glorify God’s name. I would love for my epitaph one day to read: “Paul Mannino. Devoted husband and father. Lived to glorify the name of God.”
7. God spoke! He reminds Jesus (and the crowd) what His life is about– glorifying this name of God.
8. I can’t even imagine what they would be like…to have God speak from heaven and Jesus interpret it.
9. Jesus will be lifted, literally, on a cross. And, when He is, all men (Greek or Jewish or whatever) will be drawn to him.
10. Apparently, they misinterpreted the fact that the Christ will be forever. He will be forever. But He’ll also die.
11. I can’t think of any greater analogy for the presence of Jesus than “light.” He exposes how flawed we truly are. Only then, when we see where we are, can we move from that state to a state of living purely.
12. Why do you think Jesus hid?

d197 Hell Hath No Fury…
November 11, 2007, 3:05 pm
Filed under: elijah, god, herod, herodias, jesus, john, mark, philip

Read Mark 6:14-29.

1. Jesus was generating a lot of buzz, and Herod started hearing about Him. Some people were saying that John the Baptist had been raised from the dead and it was a zombie-like, John that was performing all these miracles.
2. Other people apparently thought Jesus had the miracle performing abilities of Elijah or some other prophet. Apparently there was a lot of speculation as to who Jesus was (because they couldn’t accept that He was God’s Son?).
3. Herod tells everyone, “No, it can’t be John the Baptist. I cut his head off.” Alas, it is unfortunately true. Herod had him arrested because John was preaching against the fact that he had married his brother Philip’s wife, Herodias. That would be kind of bad to take your sister’s wife. I’m assuming that he was still alive…
4. Herod didn’t want to kill John, though, because he liked to listen to what he had to say (apparently, there was something about what he was saying).
5. I wonder what kind of dancing Herodias’ daughter did.
6. Herod might have been a little tipsy to make a promise like that to her…
7. Herodias knew what she wanted– John the Baptist’s head. “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.”
8. On a platter. Wow. That’s sick.
9. Herod had been backed into a corner because he had made that grand promise to Herodias’ daughter (his neice?). So…he had to let it happen.
10. I wonder if the music stopped when the head came in on a platter. That is insane.
11. It does say that John the Baptist’s followers buried his body, but I don’t think they ever got to bury his head. Man…

d178 The AD 27 Amateur Draft
October 23, 2007, 3:31 pm
Filed under: abiathar, andrew, bartholomew, david, god, james, jesus, john, judas, mark, matthew, peter, philip, saul, simon, thaddaeus, thomas

Read Mark 2:23 – 3:19.

1. Wow…the Pharisees seem to be awfully picky at the disciples’ picking. Do they consider this to be “work”?
2. Hey…I remember that story now. David was on the run from Saul, and he needed food. And, indeed, he did eat the “consecrated” bread from Abiathar the priest. He basically ate a chunk of communion bread. Why? Um…because he needed it… So, maybe Jesus is saying that Sabbath is a day in which we shouldn’t be apologetic about getting what we truly need?

3. Boy…those guys were just focusing on the wrong thing. The guy was in need of healing, but I guess being “religious” was more important than being compassionate.
4. I love that Jesus doesn’t think like those guys.
5. I love the fact that Jesus was about meeting needs.

6. Imagine being Jesus. I remember watching stuff about ‘N Sync back in the day, where girls would swarm them wherever they went; but could you imagine how people swarmed Jesus, knowing that He could heal and drive out demons?

7. Jesus has a draft. He picks twelve guys for His team. I wonder if there were guys who were left out that wanted to be in. I’m sure that there were guys who were in that couldn’t believe that Jesus wanted him.
8. Purpose of Jesus’ disciples: be with Christ, go out to preach, and drive out demons.
9. A couple of guys we know, and a couple of new ones: Peter, James (son of Zebedee), John (I love that he and his brother got a cool nickname like “the sons of thunder”), Andrew, Philip, Batholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James (son of Alphaeus), Thaddeus, Simon the Zealot (a revolutionary), and Judas Iscariot.
10. Mark tells us the end before we get there: Judas will betray Jesus. Maybe he put that here because he knew that Jesus must have known that this was going to happen?

Anyway, we’ve got the complete set now! Woo hoo…

(p.s. The picture of the mustachioed lad is up there in honor of the Relevant Gentleman’s Society, a group preserving the integrity of the mustache.)

d169 Your First Miracle Is Going to Be WHAT?!?
October 7, 2007, 2:43 pm
Filed under: andrew, god, jesus, john, mary, nathanael, peter, philip

Read John 2:1-25.

1. Cool…this must have been a family close to Jesus because why else would both He and Mary be there?
2. Jesus brought along his boys. At this point, we know it’s Andrew, Peter, Philip, and Nathanael.
3. Hmm…there are so many implications to this story. OK…one, why did Mary tell Jesus that the wine ran out? Was she used to him “creatively” solving household issues?
4. OK…the shame of not having enough wine at a wedding would be devastating in that time. Granted, nowadays isn’t that much different. But, still… This would have placed the family hosting the wedding in a tought predicament. (Then again, it wouldn’t have been life-threatening–let’s not get carried away.)
5. Let’s not split hairs on why Jesus calls His mom, “Woman.” Unless you want to…
6. Jesus tells Mary that His time had not yet come. Hmm… OK… Let’s tab that in our mind when we get to the doing of what He’s about to do…
7. I love Mary’s faith. She tells the servants to do whatever Jesus tells them. As if she knows that He’s going to “take care” of the situation. He he he… I like Mary’s patient persistance in this story.
8. Huge stone jars. Let’s not diminish what this water was used for– Jewish rites of purification. A lot of this would involve the washing of feet. Ewww…these jars would be full of foot juice water.
9. Jesus asked for a refill. (But still…there was foot juice in those jars!)
10. It’s funny that we don’t get any kind of story of what the servants thought when Jesus said to “draw out” some of the water and present it to the host (probably their BOSS). That would have been priceless. I think “unemployed” was probably a word that they grumbled under their breath.
11. That dude tasted that water, and it had turned into WINE? Whoah. A little Cabernet Sauvignon? Amazing. The juxtaposition in my mind of those snobby wine tasters and the jars of foot juicy water makes me laugh. He he he… It’s kind of like when you put Exlax in brownees, and you giggle while your friend eats them. Only thing, this isn’t a gag. The water became wine! Whoah.
12. And then the bridegroom gets recognition for “saving” the good wine for last. See, the practice back in those days was to get everyone drunk off the “good” stuff; and then sneak in the bad wine towards the end. By then, everyone would have been so lit up that they wouldn’t have noticed the difference. So…this was rare! And what started as a situation that could have yielded tremendous embarrassment became a cause for celebration.
13. This was it…the first miracle. Water to wine. Some people question whether or not Jesus made “alchoholic” wine. The way I see it, the master wouldn’t have called it “good” if it didn’t have a little kick to it. It definitely wasn’t Welch’s grape juice.
14. I bet the disciples believed. Hey, Nathanael, that’s a little better than that “you were sitting under a fig tree” business?
15. Big question #1: If it wasn’t Jesus’ time, why did he obey Mary’s wishes? (Because I’ll tell you: Catholics pray to Mary because they believe that Jesus HAS to obey her. So…pray to her, and Jesus won’t be able to say no when she intercedes on your behalf.)
16. Big question #2: Why water to wine? Why would that be a first miracle? Do you have any reservations about that?
17. Big question #3: Anything significant about the symbolism?

Wow…there’s a lot today…

18. Something interesting always happens with Jesus in Jerusalem…
19. OK…so…um…what’s the problem with selling animals for sacrifice at the Temple? Also, what’s wrong with being able to convert Euros to dollars? Is it the what or the where?
20. Jesus made a whip of cords! OK…let’s think about this. This would mean that it would have been a long, calculated act. What do you think Jesus was thinking about while He was making this whip? It wasn’t out of passion or a knee-jerk reaction. Jesus seems to very much have meant to do this…
21. Then Jesus cleans house. Would this have been considered inciting a riot? Or damage to private property? Or communicating a threat? What makes this act “right”?
22. Jesus doesn’t want His Father’s house to be a “tourist trap.” Then we get a psalms reference about Jesus being consumed with zeal for God’s house…
23. The Jews simply ask when the heck is He trying to teach through all of this. Good question.
24. Jesus answers cryptically, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” That phrase will come back to bite Him later. At the time, though, no one really understood what He was talking about. They were trying to figure out the contruction logistics. John lets us know what He was talking about, though. This was a hint that Jesus was going to die and rise again after three days. Whoah… And notice that nobody “got it” until after the fact…


25. People believed because they saw Him do miracles. It would make sense to me.
26. Jesus didn’t trust the people’s reactions or support, though. He knew what people were capable of… What do you think that this means?

d168 A Bunch of Nobodies
October 6, 2007, 1:49 pm
Filed under: andrew, god, jesus, john, nathanael, peter, philip

Read John 1:35-51.

1. So…naturally, John had disciples. Since he was from God, he would attract a group of people who were affected by what he was doing. I also think it would be reasonable to say that these disciples were baptized, had repented, and were forgiven in God’s eyes. Yeah, I’d say they were ready.
2. When those two heard John give that kind of endorsement of Jesus, they went to Him. And John didn’t sweat “losing” his disciples…they weren’t his in the first place. It is funny, though, how sometimes we claim people as if we’re the seagulls in Finding Nemo…”Mine, mine, mine, mine…”
3. Jesus asks them what they are seeking. It seems like they don’t answer. But, calling Jesus “Rabbi” meant that they pledged themselves to Him, to following His teachings.
4. And Jesus went to their MTV crib to hang out. Reminds me of my wife’s favorite children’s book: “If Jesus Came to My House.”
5. One of those guys was Andrew (Peter’s brother). So, we know that Andrew was a follower of John the Baptist before becoming a disciple of Jesus. Cool…
6. From what I can gather from this passage, Andrew got Peter to go back to his home and hang out with Jesus and that other guy. I love the fact that Andrew brought his family member into the fold. I love my family, and I am really happy that God got to use me that way in my mom’s life and, in a round-about way, my grandpa’s life.
7. How would you like to meet someone for the first time and have them give you a new name? Weird. Peter means “rock.” I would have gone by Rocky or The Rock.
8. Then Philip gets invited by Jesus to follow Him. We just know he’s a local guy. And he goes to get his boy, Nathanael. Another great picture, a friend bringing a friend into the fold. I am thankful for those people in my life, who brought me to Christ.
9. Apparently, either Philip should have left the Nazareth part out; or Nate should have been a little more “up on” his prophecy about the Messiah. Either way, he was a little skeptical about Jesus being from such a Podunk town.
10. I love Philip’s “argument”: “Come and see.” Hey, who can argue with that?
11. Does Jesus’ comment mean that Nathanael doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to being honest?
12. Apparently, Nathanael was impressed by something as minute as Jesus knowing where he was before Philip came to him. Oh…wait…it gets better…
13. Heaven opening. Wow.
14. Angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man. This kind of reminds me of Jacob’s dream. And, after the dream, Jacob says, “Surely, the Lord has been in this place; and I didn’t even know it.” Maybe that’s what Jesus is alluding to here?