Jesus wanted his followers to have peace in the midst of tribulation. He encouraged their peace because he had overcome the world. Since he overcame, we can be at peace that we, too, will conquer as we rely on his strength.
In the healing of the man at the pool, Jesus clearly displayed his deity. At this time of the year, it is important for us to remember that Jesus was both fully God and fully man, a truth that this text highlights.
In some of Jesus’ final words on the cross—“It is finished”—we learn that Jesus’ earthly mission was finished, his work of redemption was finished, and the power of death was finished. As meditate on this text, let us learn to rest in the finished work
“Whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give it to you.” This seems like a carte blanche promise from Jesus. But one the of main goals and purposes of prayer is for the continuing of Jesus’ mission in this world—the making of