Tag Archives: Jesus

A centurion doesn’t meet Jesus

Luke 7:1-10 If you’re a member of an occupying army, you have your work cut out to gain the trust of the locals. But this guy has engaged in a one-man ‘hearts and minds campaign’ – and has achieved acceptance … Continue reading

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Levi the tax-collector meets Jesus

Just another day at the office? Levi is not a religious man (if he were, he wouldn’t be collecting taxes). He’s a collaborator and a fraudster, and he makes frequent contact with ‘unclean ‘ Gentiles. So all devout and respectable … Continue reading

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A leper meets Jesus

Mark 1:40-45 Leprosy is like a death sentence, without the actual death. People believe it to be some kind of divine punishment. A leper is an outcast from normal society, shunned by all whom he approaches (because the ‘uncleanness’ associated … Continue reading

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Simon the fisherman meets Jesus

Luke 5:1-11 Simon is tired, but he can’t go home to bed yet; he has fishing nets to wash first, to get them ready for the next night’s work. He doesn’t have time to go and listen to the latest … Continue reading

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Focus on Jesus: He is eternal

“Fix your thoughts on Jesus” (Hebrews 3:1) Hebrews 13:8 Is Christianity a suitable faith for the modern age? Can we really put our trust in someone who lived and died 2000 years ago? The writer of the letter to the … Continue reading

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Focus on Jesus: He is the way to God

“Fix your thoughts on Jesus” (Hebrews 3:1) Hebrews 10:19-23 The blood of sacrificial animals gave safe passage into the Most Holy Place only for the high priest, and only for a few brief moments; but the blood of Jesus gives … Continue reading

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Focus on Jesus: He is the ultimate sacrifice

“Fix your thoughts on Jesus” (Hebrews 3:1) Hebrews 9:1-10:18 The worship of the old covenant took place in the Tabernacle (and, later, the Temple, which was constructed in a similar way) The sanctuary was divided into two rooms by a … Continue reading

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