March 26. Reading and Leading Up to Easter. John chapter 1

Sunday, March 26                 John 1

The Lamb that Dies is the King that Rules

John chapter 1 is divided into 5 sections:

  1. The Eternal Word (1:1-18)
  2. Day 1: The Voice of John (1:19-28)
  3. Day 2: The Lamb of God (1:29-34)
  4. Day 3: Come and See (1:35-42)
  5. Day 4: The Son of God, the King of Israel (1:43-51)

As we walk toward Resurrection Sunday, our understanding of Jesus and His sacrifice will become clearer and clearer.  First introductions are always important.  John, the forerunner, introduces 5 future apostles (Andrew, John, Peter, Phillip, and Nathanael) to Jesus.  John calls Jesus “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” Continue reading

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April 5. Reading and Leading Up to Easter. John chapter 11.

Wednesday, April 5              John 11

“I am the Resurrection”

We have reached the mid-point of the Gospel of John.  We read today of the central truth of the Christian faith: RESURRECTION.  Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead, but also points to a larger resurrection – in fact, two resurrections: His own and ours. Continue reading

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April 4. Reading and Leading Up to Easter. John chapter 10.

Tuesday, April 4                    John 10

The Good Shepherd

Seven times in the Gospel of John Jesus uses the phrase “I am..”. Two of them appear in the 10th chapter.  These are metaphors by which Jesus tells us about Himself and what He does.

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April 3. Reading and Leading Up to Easter. John chapter 9

Monday, April 3                    John 9

The Power of Your Testimony

John’s Gospel tells us of four times Jesus traveled from His home area of Galilee to Jerusalem. The fourth and final visit resulted in His crucifixion and resurrection.  John chapters 7-10 give details of His third visit.  This was a three month stay lasting from the Feast of Tabernacles (John 7:2) in early October until the Feast of Dedication (John 10:22) in December.  It was a crucial moment in Jesus’ relationship with the religious establishment – particularly the Pharisees.  Continue reading

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April 2. Reading and Leading Up to Easter. John chapter 8

Sunday, April 2                     John 8

Destiny: Where I Came From and Where I am Going

A particular theme recurs in John’s Gospel.  It has to do with Jesus’ “hour.”  Three times we read, “His hour had not yet come” (John 2:4, 7:30, and 8:20). Then, as Jesus approaches His crucifixion, four times, “His hour had come” (John 12:23, 13:1, 16:32, and 17:1). Continue reading

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April 1. Reading and Leading Up to Easter. John chapter 7

Saturday, April 1                  John 7

The Waters of Life

John chapter 7 tells us of Jesus’ third visit to Jerusalem.  The waters of controversy were beginning to boil.  He was speaking boldly in challenge to the deadness of Pharisaic religiousness.  He beckoned the common man to rise to new heights of relationship with God.  No more would holiness be held by the pious few.  Jesus was throwing open the doors of heaven. Continue reading

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March 31. Reading and Leading Up to Easter. John chapter 6.

Friday, March 31                  John 6

Feeding and Following

Every time Jesus did something miraculous, He backed it up with sound, solid teaching.  He was never satisfied with mere fervency and excitement – enjoyable as that can be.  He never settled for fireworks.  He used these SIGNS to point the way to a permanently better life.  Continue reading

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March 30. Reading and Leading Up to Easter. John chapter 5.

Thursday, March 30             John 5

The Resurrection of Life and the Resurrection of Condemnation

John’s Gospel tells us of four times Jesus visited Jerusalem.  In the first visit, (John 2:13-3:21), Jesus turned over a few tables on the Temple Mount.  He also met a Jewish leader named Nicodemus.  He ruffled a few Pharisaic feathers. But this was nothing compared to what was coming.  Continue reading

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March 29. Reading and Leading Up to Easter. John chapter 4

Wednesday, March 29          John 4

Resurrection of a Lost Cause

Most of us know individuals for whom life has simply been rough.  They have had a tough life, and it has taken its toll.  They may have brought it on themselves by bad decisions, or perhaps they just had a bad hand dealt to them by a difficult upbringing.  As a result, they are a mess.  The world might call such a person “a lost cause.”  They might right now be sitting in a prison cell, or, at least, they live daily in the chains of personal spiritual bondage. Continue reading

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March 28. Reading and Leading Up to Easter. John chapter 3

Unbelievable!_WIDE-TITLE-1Tuesday, March 28               John 3

It Takes Spiritual Eyes

How many times have we been befuddled by the ways of God.  It sounds like this: “God, what are you doing in my life?!”  We are like Nicodemus who slipped in by night to ask hard questions of Jesus.

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