The Red Letters
- Thursday, March 26, 2009
But in truth, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heavens were shut up three years and six months, and a great famine came over all the land, and Elijah was sent to none of them but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.
(To Simon and Andrew)
What are you seeking?
Come and you will see.
So you are Simon the son of John? You shall be called Cephas.
Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!
Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.
Because I said to you, “I saw you under the fig tree,” do you believe? You will see greater things than these.
Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.
(To Simon) |
Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.
Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.
(To his mother)
Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.
Traveling and Teaching
(To the servants)
Fill the jars with water.
Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.
(To those selling the doves)
Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade.
(To the Jews)
Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.
Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, “You must be born again.” The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.
Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things? Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, hw can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.
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