The Restorer of the Penitent

Steve Macchia

READ : John 21:1-19 Do you truly love me more than these? . . . Take care of my sheep . . . Follow me! (vv. 15-16, 19 NIV) How many times did Jesus have to ask Peter if he truly loved him? Apparently three, or at least that’s the minimum number recorded for us to consider! Of course Jesus knew his heart better than Peter could imagine, but in the affirmative responses Peter’s affections were sealed by the spoken …

The Conqueror of Death

Steve Macchia

READ : John 20:1-31 Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe. (v. 27 NIV) The first Easter must have been glorious! Mary of Magdala is the first to discover the empty tomb. She runs to Peter and John the beloved disciple and they in turn run back to the tomb and believe. The risen Christ appears to Mary who was sitting outside the tomb in tears. …

The Uplifted Savior

Steve Macchia

READ : John 19:1-19 Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified. (v. 16 NIV) Flogged, humiliated, and wearing a crown of thorns on his head, Jesus was taken away to be crucified. Carrying his own cross, he was sent through the city streets to Golgotha, “The Place of the Skull.” There he hung on the cross with the notice fastened above his head, “Jesus of Nazareth, The King of the Jews.” Uplifted on a cross? Yes, to …

The Model Sufferer

Steve Macchia

READ : John 18:1-11 Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me? (v. 11 NIV) In an olive grove called the Garden of Gethsemane the drama began to unfold. There Christ is confronted by his betrayer and a detachment of soldiers. They are in search of Jesus of Nazareth and he willingly responds with the simple words, “I am he.” In tempestuous anger, Peter draws his sword and cuts off the high priest’s …

The Great Intercessor

Steve Macchia

READ : John 17:1-26 May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. (v. 23 NIV) Do you know anyone you would consider a committed prayer warrior – perhaps a parent, pastor, or friend? No matter how great their prayer life, their example is merely a faint reflection of the devotion Jesus showed in his own prayer life. John 17 is the apex …

The Giver of the Holy Spirit

Steve Macchia

READ : John 16:1-16 When he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. (v. 13 NIV) Perhaps the saddest story related to the aftermath of the devastating tsunami in southeast Asia is the thousands of children left as orphans. Their villages, homes, and families were washed away with the overpowering waves that came crashing on shore. In one terrible instant these children’s lives were changed forever. Jesus promised his disciples that he would not leave …