October 14, 2013 Tucson, Arizona
This devotional focuses on the twenty-five statements Jesus made in the book of John where He emphasized or punctuated these statements with the phrase “Verily, verily”.
Verily, verily is a strong idiom in Hebrew – forceful – doubly true. When used in this manner, it means more than just truly, truly… When a Jew repeated a word twice as Jesus did when He said, “verily, verily” it meant more than truly, it means absolutely and most definitely true.
I am reminded of the naval term “Now hear this.” What Jesus has to say after these exclamations is very important and mattered enough for the Lord of all creation to mark each of these utterances with such distinction.
One other note before we look at each of these verses – please note that they all are contained in the book of John. The book of John is very special in many ways and these verses are yet another one of those ways. So, let’s listen and tune into those things the Lord of all creation emphasized so emphatically as we draw closer to the author and very source of life itself.