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'The Last Straw'

Note from Jesus Dear Disciple, After My triumphal entry, Jerusalem was a tangle of tension and evil plotting. Look at a few excerpts from Luke’s descriptions of the situation as given in the verses below: The chief priests, the religious scholars, and the leading men of the city wanted to…

Compassion in the Middle of Conflict

Note from Jesus Dear Friend, I came to Jerusalem and was greeted with wild enthusiasm. I came as the Prince of Peace, humbly riding on the colt of a donkey as prophesied (Zechariah 9:9). I did not come as a conquering general riding on a white horse. The crowd was…

Loving Extravagance

Note from Jesus Dear Beloved Disciple, What would it be worth to have someone precious to you raised from the dead? I don’t ask this question to be morbid or hurtful, but to help you grapple with the deep implications of Mary’s extravagant gift that My beloved disciple John shares…

**Are You Ready?

Note from Jesus Dear Beloved, Are you ready? That’s a question that could be asked about so many things that are a normal part of life — things like marriage, children, illness, moving, job change, or death. But what about even bigger things? Are you ready for those things? Some…

Seekers, Sinners, and Savior

Note from Jesus Dear Friend, You are most likely seeking to be one of My disciples or you wouldn’t be reading this. Or you already are a part of My family. Then you are an insider — one of My followers and someone who is religious, in the best sense…

Unable to Comprehend

Note from Jesus Dear Child of God, Sometimes the truth is simply hard to comprehend. I’m not talking about a truth that is intellectually tough to comprehend. Instead, I’m speaking about a truth that is hard to comprehend emotionally. This kind of truth is out of phase with what the…

As a Child!

Note from Jesus Dear Precious One, When you read the verses below, I want you to notice My interactions with My disciples regarding a rich public official who turned away from following Me. I challenged My disciples to think through his rejection of My call and focus their attention on…

The Gathering Storm

Note from Jesus Dear Disciple, If you have been following along with My story in the gospels, you know that I am headed for Jerusalem. You also know that I am on a collision course with the Jewish and Roman leaders there. When I raised My friend Lazarus from the…

Presuming on Grace?

Note from Jesus Dear Beloved, Caiaphas spoke treacherously about Me. At the same time, he also unwittingly spoke God’s truth about My mission: Caiaphas, the High Priest That Year: …it’s better… that one man should die for the people so the whole nation won’t perish. … As high priest that…

Unbound

Note from Jesus Dear Precious One, Yesterday I talked to you about the importance of My grace leading you to forgive those who have wounded you. That is hard. Today I want to talk to you about one of My greatest enemies (1 Corinthians 15:24-26) and one of the primary…

One of the Hardest 'Miracles'

Note from Jesus Dear Disciple, What’s the hardest miracle to perform? I know many of you would love to see some great miracle of your selection to help you believe. Yet all around you every day, some of the most amazingly wondrous transformations happen by divine power at work in…

A Matter of Obedient Trust

Note from Jesus Dear Friend, I talked to you yesterday about managing your assets with spiritual wisdom — about investing your assets in the places where you saw Me invest My life and in the things the Father talked to you about in the Scriptures (the Law, the Prophets, and…