Author Archives: LeGrand Baker

John 20:1-18 — Resurrection, the Final Act of Creation

The resurrection of this earth and of the people who live on it, will be the completion of our creation. It will be able to rest from the iniquity that has inhabited it and become the home of celestial beings. … Continue reading

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John 18:1-14—The Case Against Judas Iscariot

Jesus’s Intercessory Prayer was very much a final report to his Father. Most of it was positive as he reviewed his relationships with his trusted friends. However, there is one line in the prayer that sticks out as different from … Continue reading

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John 18 and 19 — Jesus’s Faithful Friends at His Trial and Crucifixion

John tells the story of Jesus’s arrest, trial, and crucifixion with the soberness of an eye witness and with the empathy and unique perspective of a beloved friend. The soldiers who arrested Jesus were not Romans, but were “the captain … Continue reading

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John 18:1—“A Garden, into the which He Entered”

John’s description of the events in the garden is only one sentence and tells us almost nothing at all about what happened there. 1 When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, … Continue reading

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John 17:1-26—The Savior’s Intimate Conversation with His Fath

Jesus’s prayer as recorded in John 17 is an intensely intimate conversation with his Father. While much of its focus is about his concern for his apostles and others who will believe on him through their word, most of those … Continue reading

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John 17:1-26—Jesus’s Prayer in Behalf of His Apostles

Much of Jesus’s great Intercessory Prayer focuses on his concern for his apostles, but it is about our needs as well, for he said, “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through … Continue reading

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Chapter 51 * John 17 & 13:38—All Things Are By Covenant

The Savior’s prayer in John 17 is a review and report of his and his apostles’ eternal covenants. All things that matter and persist in eternity are made by covenants that are validated by ordinances. The Savior was explaining that … Continue reading

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