Jessica Mathews
According to the Church Fathers, John the Baptist asks this question in order to guide his own disciples to Jesus. Undoubtedly, John's own faith was also strengthened through Christ's response.
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Jessica Mathews
The "treasure" is the light of God's glory in Christ. "Earthen vessels" refers to our humanity. As this light shines in and through us, people will see that the power is of God and not of man.
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Jessica Mathews
John the Baptist was imprisoned soon after Jesus was baptized (Mk 1:14). Though John directed his disciples to follow Christ (Jn 1:29-31, 35-37), some remained with him. While John's own faith was u...View more
Jessica Mathews
Going away refers to Jesus' death, resurrection, and ascension into Heaven.
"Lifted up" has the double meaning of being nailed to the cross and of being exalted by His Father upon the completion of His...View more

Jessica Mathews
The giving of the Holy Spirit prior to baptism is something the Church had not seen before. This unusual occurrence is a sign that God has accepted the Gentiles and that baptism is not to be denied t...View more
Jessica Mathews
Today, are you willing to put in the time and effort to know God’s voice, or are you insisting that God conform to your timetable and availability? Do you love God enough to spend time with Him?
Jessica Mathews
All of this is taking place at the conclusion of the Feast of Tabernacles. Christ is contrasting the Pharisees' leadership with His own. They have failed as pastors of God's people. "Pastor" comes ...View more
Jessica Mathews
This is the third account in Acts of Paul's conversion (see 9:1-8; 22:1-21).
Jessica Mathews
The ultimate thief is Satan, who spreads lies and heresies among the people of God, luring away both leaders and people. "Life" means living in God's grace here on Earth, while the more abundant life...View more
Jessica Mathews
Some stopped following Jesus when they were confronted with a hard saying. Today, are you willing to do the hard work of communion with the Lord and each other so that you become the Body of Christ f...View more
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