Sunday, August 24, 2014

August 24, 2014 | Pastor John Bayles | A Love Greater than Treasure | John 12:1-7

This is one of the most non-complex and simply presented passages in all the Gospel of John. As we first read it, we see something that seems on the surface to be incidental - very much just a narrative report. Mary pours expensive perfume on Jesus's feet and wipes it with her hair. Judas rebukes her action as wasteful, Jesus makes the curious statement that the poor would be in the world always, and John comments that Judas was driven by his thievery. But what would move Mary to such an action? Was she unconcerned about using the expensive oil as a foot wash because she was very rich? Is this the lesson of this passage - because Mary is rich, she is out of touch with the real world? Or maybe John is simply identifying Judas as the reprobate thief he was.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

August 17, 2014 | Pastor John Bayles | The Seventh Sign: The Separating Savior | John 11:45-57

Whenever Christ is presented, the result is division. Not the immediate view of division as disruption of groups or people who hold the same general views, but are thrown into confusion and conflict with each other, such as in a church split.