John 16:12-24: That Your Joy May Be Full

Job 31:1-23, Amos 1-2, John 16:12-24, Revelation 5   John 16:12-24:  Jesus had so much more to say to his disciples than the short time he had with them would allow, and that they were then capable of understanding. So, by the gift of the Spirit, the Spirit would lead them “into all truth” (16:12). What does this…

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John 16:1-11: To Your Advantage

John 16:1-11, Revelation 4, Job 30, Joel 2-3 John 16:1-11: The somber words that Jesus has been leaving his disciples with in this, his farewell discourse, are surprising in their intensity. Why does Jesus not put a more positive spin on everything? Because if he tells them the real deal of what may well actually happen to some…

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John 15:18-27: Hate

Job 29, Joel 1, John 15:18-27, Revelation 3:14-22 John 15:18-27: Hate is a strong word. But the reality is that Christians are hated. They are hated by those who are “of the world” because those people “hate” Jesus. Such shocking language for our politically correct culture. But who can doubt the truth of it when we observe…

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John 15:9-17: Abide in Love

Hosea 13-14, Job 28, John 15:9-17, Revelation 3:1-13 John 15:9-17: What a way to begin this morning—as the Father has loved Jesus, so Jesus has loved us! What an extraordinary thought! That the very infinite, divine, fathomless, unending, unceasing, immeasurable, and immovable love of God the Father to God the Son—that very love is the love with which…

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John 15:1-8: Abide in Christ

Hosea 9-12, Job 27, John 15:1-8, Revelation 2:18-29 John 15:1-8: A powerful and beguiling picture of the vine and the branches is now presented by Jesus—a picture that teaches important truths about our relationship with God. The vine resonates with reflective imagery from the Old Testament about God’s people as a vineyard. But now Jesus himself is the…

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John 14:22-31: Not as the World Gives

Hosea 7-8, Job 25-26, John 14:22-31, Revelation 2:1-17 John 14:22-31: Judas (not Iscariot) asks a question that many of us have asked. Why is it that Jesus shows himself to us but not to the whole world (14:22)? Jesus answers the question indirectly. If someone loves him, he will keep his word, and then he and the Father…

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John 14:15-21: Love and Obedience

Hosea 4-6, Job 24, John 14:15-21, Revelation 1:9-20 John 14:15-21: In so much of our thinking, love is discontinuous from performance, action—and certainly from obedience. Our affectional life is distinct from our duties, we often think. It is hard for us, then, to understand the kind of connection that Jesus makes frequently in this passage. “If you love…

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John 14:1-14: Let Not Your Hearts Be Troubled

Hosea 1-3, Job 23, John 14:1-14, Revelation 1:1-8 John 14:1-14: The disciples are naturally enough disturbed, indeed “troubled,” by the news of Jesus’ imminent death and departure. Jesus therefore commands them not to be troubled (14:1). But there is no point giving such a command without following up with a reason, which Jesus straightaway does. Too many times…

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November 26-30, 2021

In keeping with the Bible reading plan we are using, the last days of each month are designated as “free days.” November 26-30 then are intended to allow you to catch up on reading you may have missed or to study passages more in depth that intrigued you during the first 25 days of the month.…

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John 13:31-38: Glorified

Daniel 10-12, Job 22, John 13:31-38, Jude 17-25 John 13:31-38: At this most profound turn of events—as Jesus turns his thoughts and attention decisively to the cross—he utters words that must have been deeply surprising at the time, and still a surprise today. “Now is the Son of man glorified” (13:31). Really? As he is betrayed, the Son…

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