Saturday, April 15 John 21
Your Failure can be the Prelude to Promotion
Out of our greatest defeats can come our greatest victories. There is little doubt that Peter’s all-time low point was when He denied knowing Jesus. He did it three times cowering even at the questions of a young girl.
This moral failure would seem to be the end of Peter’s possibilities as a leader. But, the defeat of denial was a set-up for transformation and even elevation. When we are broken, we can become stronger than ever. Continue reading
Friday, April 14 John 20
Just As I Am
One of the remarkable aspects of the Bible is the manner in which it describes the foibles and failings of major characters. No one (except the Son of God) escapes the candor about human failings. All Old Testament heroes (David, Moses, Abraham, and on and on) are depicted warts and all. They were great men but also flawed men. Continue reading
Wednesday, April 12 John 18
In the course of events leading up to the Crucifixion, there is a moment that stands out as a diagnosis – a gut check on the human race (John 18:39-40).
The Roman prefect Pontius Pilate was caught between his conscience and political expediency. Personally, he did not want to convict Jesus. But, politically he was pressured to put this prophet away. In an act of desperation, he brought out the worst criminal in his prison: Barabbas. Matthew’s Gospel refers to him as “a notorious criminal” (Matthew 27:16). John calls him simply “a robber” (John 18:40). As custom dictated, one prisoner might be released by consent of the people during the Passover Feast. Pilate hoped the people might come to their senses and choose Jesus over this profoundly evil man. Continue reading
Tuesday, April 11 John 17
The Real Lord’s Prayer
What if you could eavesdrop and listen to Jesus as He prayed? What do you think you would hear? John 17 is just that. It is the longest prayer of Jesus we have in Scripture. It has been called “the Holy of Holies.” Continue reading
Monday, April 10 John 16
The Source of Our Confidence
Confidence is an incredible quality. It arises from the absolute certainty that what we are doing or saying is correct and called for. Confidence makes us courageous. When we lose it, we are hesitant and uncertain of ourselves. Doubts fill our hearts bringing insecurity and fear. Continue reading
Sunday, April 9 John 15
“Greater love has no one than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13).
“Love” is perhaps one of the most widely used but grossly misunderstood words today. Modern usage tends toward narcissistic emotions of approval, attraction, or pleasure. “I love baseball.” I love cheesecake.” “I love my home.” Continue reading
Saturday, April 8 John 14
The Help We Need
It was British author and poet G.K. Chesterton who said, “Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.” The factual, moral, and philosophical foundations of Christianity have never faltered when honestly considered. More often, the ideals and demands of Christianity have seemed impossible to fulfill, and therefore left untouched and unengaged. Continue reading
Friday, April 7 John 13
Holy Meal – Holy Service
In many ways, John’s Gospel is different from the other three Gospels: Matthew, Mark, and Luke. These first three are called the Synoptic Gospels. “Synoptic” means “seeing together” or “of similar view.” They are in so many ways similar – even to the point of identical words in many places. But John is different. Continue reading
Thursday, April 6 John 12
The Triumphal Entry: a Study in Contradictions
Nearly half of John’s Gospel is written about the last week of Jesus’ earthly life. Nine chapters (12-20) focus on the last 6 days. Then chapter 21 is set in the 40 days after Jesus’ resurrection up to His ascension into the heavens.