In the world you have trouble and suffering, but take courage — I have conquered the world. I pray that they will be in us, so that the world will believe that you sent me. The Gospel of John devotes 4 chapters to Jesus' final words to his disciples during the feast of Passover. Jesus begins the Passover meal by taking on the role of a servant and washing the feet of his disciples. He challenges them to follow his example and be servants to all.
Jesus then predicts his betrayal by Judas and Judas, in response, leaves the gathering. After Judas' departure, Jesus begins teaching even more plainly about his death that is to come. He encourages his disciples that, while he is going away, he is preparing a place for them to join him! Join me in John serve those around you and look forward to Jesus' return!
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John And if I go and make ready a place for you, I will come again and take you to be with me, so that where I am you may be too. The tension between Jesus and the religious leaders continues to grow. In John 11, we read the account of Lazarus. Lazarus has died, but Jesus comes to his tomb 4 days later and raises him back to life! Jesus makes it clear that HE is the resurrection and the life, anyone who believes in him will have life! This miracle happened in Bethany, only a couple miles from Jerusalem and it attracted the attention of a large crowd of Jewish people. The Pharisees and religious leaders started seeking even more for a way to execute Jesus.
After this, Jesus enters Jerusalem for the final time. The crowds greet him with praise and adulation. John 12 ends with Jesus giving his final public words, making it clear that he has come from the Father and speaks for the Father. Join me in John believe in the Son of God and receive life! John chapter 9 is a great account of Jesus healing a man who was born blind. The healing happened on the Sabbath again, so the religious leaders confront the man and question him repeatedly about the healing and about Jesus.
The man doesn't know all the details, but he takes a strong stand against the leaders for their lack of faith in the man who healed him.
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In the end, the leaders throw the healed man out of the synagogue. In chapter 10, Jesus speaks plainly about who he is. He is the Good Shepherd and his people recognize his voice. He is also the Son of God. This claim has the Jewish leaders ready to stone him for blasphemy, but they are unable to lay a hand on him. Jesus points to the deeds he has been doing as the evidence for his standing and position before God. Join me in John and allow your blinders to be removed so you can rejoice in the Son of God!
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John When he has brought all his own sheep out, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they recognize his voice. Today we read more of the interactions of Jesus with the religious leaders. Jesus does not hold back the truth of who he is and continues to proclaim that he has come from the Father. His claims are constantly rejected by the religious authorities as they quote their traditions and misunderstand the Scriptural truth of Jesus' origins.
Throughout this conflict, Jesus gives hope to those who are weak and thirsty and doesn't shy away from the difficult conversations. He knows that his mission will be fulfilled in its proper time and until then, the leaders cannot touch him! Join me in John and go to Jesus to drink the living water!
Jesus continues to speak in a way that is difficult for the Jews to accept. They have a view of who the Messiah will be and Jesus takes every opportunity to counter those ideas. As a result, many people stop following him. Today this starts with another healing on the Sabbath day.
When confronted about it, it leads to a discussion of Moses and the fact that Moses will judge these people for their lack of faith. Later, Jesus feeds men and their families. This is followed up with a discussion of the bread of life. Jesus claims that HE is the bread of life and that a person must eat his flesh and drink his blood in order to gain life.
This teaching is difficult, and many people walk away.
But Peter reiterates that he and the other disciples recognize that Jesus truly is the Christ. Join me in John let your preconceived notions be swept away and embrace Christ! Key verses: John I can do nothing on my own initiative. Just as I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I do not seek my own will, but the will of the one who sent me. John I am the living bread that came down from heaven.
If anyone eats from this bread he will live forever. The bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh. Today's reading focuses on Jesus' interactions with two people. First, Jesus is approached at night by Nicodemus, a member of the ruling religious council. Jesus teaches him that in order to have eternal life, a person must be born of the spirit.
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After this, Jesus travels through the Samaritan town of Sychar. While there, Jesus approaches a Samaritan woman and teaches her about the living water that he can provide. At first, the woman is confused, but Jesus leads her to understand that he is the Messiah!
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She tells her neighbors and many of them believe in Jesus as well. Join me in John as Jesus teaches all people what it means to have life. Key verses: John The one who believes in the Son has eternal life. John God is spirit, and the people who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.
Today we begin John's account of Jesus' life. John places a strong emphasis on the diety of Christ. We see this from the first few verses as John describes the Word as distinct from, but fully, God. This Word became flesh and took up residence with us in the form of Christ. After this prologue, we read the account of Jesus' baptism and the calling of his first disciples. A few days later, Jesus is at a wedding, and although it is not yet his time, he respects his mother and assists the groom by turning gallons of water into wine.
Jesus then went up to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover. While he was there he went into the temple courts and drove the merchants and money changers out. He continued to do other miracles and many people came to believe in his name because of these miraculous signs. Join me in John for the human incarnation of the Word of God! As Luke recounts the trial of Jesus, he makes it clear that Jesus was innocent.
Jesus is passed from Pilate to Herod and back to Pilate again. Neither of them find any fault with Jesus, yet Pilate agrees to have him executed to appease the riotous crowd. While Jesus is hanging on the cross, even one of the criminals that is being crucified with him recognizes his innocence and calls on Jesus to save him. Finally, when Jesus dies, the centurion in charge of the execution also proclaims that surely Jesus was innocent.
Jesus took my guilt upon himself to pay the punishment for me! After Jesus' resurrection, Luke gives an account of the many people that had Jesus appear to them and encourage them. Jesus opened the eyes of the disciples to finally understand the prophecies about the Christ and the necessity for his death and resurrection. Join me in Luke and rejoice that the innocent Savior carried our punishment on himself!
While in the temple courts, Jesus observes the people giving their gifts. He surprises the disciples by praising a poor widow for her gift of two copper coins, everything she owned. He then begins to speak of the signs of the end of the age. He warns them to be watchful and pay attention to the signs so they won't be caught unprepared for his return.
When the Passover comes, Jesus and his disciples gather in a home to eat the Passover meal. During the meal, Jesus institutes a worshipful practice that we now know as communion and warns of the things that will happen that evening. After dinner, they go out to the Mount of Olives to pray. Jesus is in such anguish that he actually sweats drops of blood! In a quiet place, our Lord recommits himself to the will of the father and returns to his disciples. Shortly thereafter, Judas arrives to betray Jesus and Jesus is taken captive to be condemned by the chief priests.
Join me in Luke as Jesus submits himself to the will of the Father. Key verses: Luke But when these things begin to happen, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near. As Jesus was making his way through Jericho on his journey to Jerusalem, he encountered a man named Zacchaeus.
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Zacchaeus was a Jewish man serving as a tax collector for the Romans making him an outcast in Jewish society. Despite this fact, Jesus went and had dinner with Zacchaeus and his friends who were also viewed as traitors and sinners. When the crowds complained, Jesus made it clear that his mission is to seek and save the lost. Jesus then continues his trip into Jerusalem and the crowds rejoice at his coming.