A few thoughts:
I like the image of Christ crying aloud, His voice “resounding through the courts and arcades of the temple: ‘If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink”.
I love that the officers sent to arrest Christ were too moved by His teachings to arrest Him.
I think it’s interesting that Christ doesn’t tell the woman taken in adultery that her sins are forgiven her, He simply tells her to go and sin no more. Does this mean she was falsely accused? That she was not yet sufficiently repentant? I don’t know. I just find it interesting.
“They failed to understand because of their stubborn refusal to listen dispassionately.” Much food for thought there.
I love the story of the man who was blind from birth, and Christ’s response to the question of who sinned to make him that way : “Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.” So often we see trials or experiences in our lives as punishments (I’m thinking infertility, illness, etc.) where we think, “I must not be worthy enough”, but perhaps they are opportunities afforded us for the works of God to be made manifest in our lives.
And I love that after he was healed, people just refused to believe it was the same person, and he’s sitting there saying, “Um, hello! It’s me!”
I LOVE the imagery connected to Christ being the Good Shepard. Such a brilliant metaphor.
And lastly, how wonderful is it that Christ taught in the Court of the Women, out where EVERYONE had access to Him and His teachings?
An exciting announcement is coming soon about the Jesus book club, keep your eyes out! 🙂