A Year of Listening to Jesus 1/16

5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you …

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A Year of Listening to Jesus 1/15

Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3 Nicodemus came to Jesus wanting to understand who Jesus was, especially to find out if he was the long awaited messiah. The conversation to a very unexpected turn, something common with Jesus, when he spoke the …

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A Year of Listening to Jesus 1/14

Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” John 2:19 Jesus has just finished clearing the Temple of the money changers and people who had defiled such a holy place. The religious leaders confronted him and demanded that he give them a sign that would prove his authority to cause …

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A Year of Listening to Jesus 1/13

And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father's house a house of trade.” John 2:13 I saw a meme that said, Remember, "when doing what Jesus did, turning over tables and cracking a whip is not out of the realm of possibilities". Sometimes we get so focused on …

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A Year of Listening to Jesus 1/12

7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8 And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it. John 2:7-8 Sometimes it seems like God asks us to do things that make no sense and don't seem to …

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A Year of Listening to Jesus 1/11

 And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” John 2:4 After Jesus gathered a few disciples they were invited to a wedding in Cana. Jewish weddings in the first century were a big deal and could last for days. The better the celebration the greater blessing …

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A Year of Listening to Jesus 1/9

47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!” 48 Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” 49 Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” 50 Jesus answered him, “Because I …

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A Year of Listening to Jesus 1/8

42 He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter). After Andrew spent the day with Jesus he immediately went and found his brother Simon and introduced him to Jesus. Andrew becomes known for the fact that every time we see him in the …

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A Year of Listening to Jesus 1/7

39 He said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour. John 1:39 When Andrew and his companion asked Jesus where he was staying, Jesus understood it was not simply a question out of curiosity or …

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A Year of Listening to Jesus 1/6

38 Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” John 1:38 After defeating every temptation Satan threw his way, Jesus returned to where John was baptizing people and John pointed to Jesus declaring him to be the Lamb who takes …

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A Year of Listening to Jesus 1/5

10 Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God    and him only shall you serve.’” Matthew 4:10 We get to the third temptation faced by Jesus in the wilderness and Satan puts it all on the line. He will give Jesus all that he he surveys from the highest mountain …

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A Year of Listening to Jesus 1/4

7 Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” Matthew 4:7 After Jesus resisted the first temptation, Satan came back at him with a second temptation. This time Satan changes tactics and actually quotes scripture to Jesus. After taking Jesus to the top of the Temple he proposes a …

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A Year of Listening to Jesus 1/3

But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone,    but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:4 Following his baptism by John, Jesus went into the dessert to face a series of temptations. Scripture often refers to Jesus as the Second Adam and his temptation in the wilderness …

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A Year of Listening to Jesus 1/2

But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. Matthew 3:15 In the blink of an eye twenty years have passed in the life of Jesus. We know nothing of his life after his encounter in the Temple at age twelve. We can …

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