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Devotions – Thurs. April 11, 2019

John 14:7 (The Message) If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well… Philip interrupted Jesus. He wanted to see the Father as plainly as he could see Jesus. “Metaphysical distinctions and theological explanations meant comparatively little to him. He was slow to apprehend anything of an abstract nature; He was a practical man–not indifferent to spiritual truth, just baffled by it.” The human longing for a tangible God lies at the root of all idolatry. Man…

Devotions – Wed. April 10, 2019

John 14:5 (The Message) Thomas said, “Master, we have no idea where you’re going. How do you expect us to know the road?“ Thomas flatly contradicted Jesus. His was a false step in reasoning. “Solutions to human problems are never found in skepticism, but rather in the affirmation of faith. Jesus responded with a positive declaration on which Thomas could base his thinking: I am the way, the truth, and the life (v. 6). It is one of the greatest…

Devotions – Tues. April 9, 2019

John 14:1 (NLT) “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.” As Jesus began His critical teaching to prepare His disciples for the coming challenge to their faith, various disciples interrupted with their questions. Like little children interrupting a parent who is trying desperately to teach them something for life-threatening situations, Jesus replies, and then reverts to His original line of thought. If we believe that a personal God exists, who is the redeemer…

DEVOTIONS – Mon. April 8, 2019

John 13:31 (NLT) As soon as Judas left the room, Jesus said, “The time has come for the Son of Man to enter into His glory”… The departure of Judas was a relief to Jesus because as long as Judas was there in the room Jesus could not talk freely about the important topics on His mind. “Judas had no understanding of His motives and mission. The other disciples were equally ignorant of Jesus’ real purpose, as their questions later…

DEVOTIONS – SAT. APRIL 6, 2019

John 13:33 (NIV) “My children, I will be with you only a little longer.” Jesus’ farewell address to His disciples begins in 13:31 and ends in 16:33. The conversation begins at the Last Supper and ends in the Garden of Gethsemane. He talked as they walked through the darkened streets of Jerusalem to the gates through which they passed over to the Mount of Olives.  It was a conscious effort on Jesus’ part to give the disciples final instructions. Notice…

DEVOTIONS – FRI. APRIL 5, 2019

John 13:37  (NIV) Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” Jesus’ farewell address to His disciples was interrupted by several of the disciples who were anxious and concerned as they began to sense the serious tone of Christ’s words. Their minds could not accept the reality that Jesus was leaving them. And Peter totally overestimated his true spiritual capacity. Jesus responded to Peter’s interruption with truth. God is faithful to…

DEVOTIONS – THURS. APRIL 4, 2019

John 13:34-35 (NLT) So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples. Jesus introduced a whole new spiritual paradigm. The Old Covenant (Old Testament) was embedded in rules and regulations that enabled a relationship with God. The New Covenant (New Testament) would be implanted in hearts of flesh. Obedience to God…

DEVOTIONS – Weds. april 3, 2019

John 13:31 (NLT) As soon as Judas left the room, Jesus said, “The time has come for the Son of Man to enter into His glory… “The presence of Judas among the Twelve was a hindrance to further revelation on the part of Jesus. As long as Judas was in the group Jesus could not speak to them as a spiritual unity.  You are clean, but not all (v. 10) showed the disunity which Jesus recognized.” Once Judas left the…

DEVOTION – TUES. April 2, 2019

John 13:18b (The Message) “The one who ate bread at my table turned on his heel against me.” The ancient prophesy of Psalm 41:9 would come to pass through Judas. “The progress of evil within Judas is traceable in the successive allusions to him (John 6:70-71 – [Judas] was even then getting ready to betray Him). John called him a “thief” (12:4-6). The devil is said to have put into his heart the idea of betraying Jesus (13:2); and in…

DEVOTION – MON. April 1, 2019

John 13:21 (The Message) After (Jesus) said these things, Jesus became visibly upset (troubled in spirit, KJV), and then He told them why. “One of you is going to betray me.” The expression “troubled in spirit” described the pain which Judas’ defection would cause Jesus. On two other occasions Jesus used similar words that expressed His deep concern: at the grave of Lazarus (11:33) where He was “deeply troubled” over how death had invaded and impacted mankind, and when the…

DEVOTION – SAT. MARCH 30, 2019

John 13:8b (NIV) “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” Love cleanses. Peter protested. Jesus’ response disclosed a spiritual significance that Peter did not yet understand. Later he would understand. Through the cross Jesus would provide a cleansing from sin for all those who accepted it. God saved us…through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:4-7). Yet a constant cleansing is also necessary “to remove the incidental defilement resulting from the casual…

DEVOTION – FRI. MARCH 29, 2019

John 13:4a  (NIV) So (Jesus) got up from the supper table… Jesus had an active love. “Twice it is stated that the supper was interrupted (v. 2 and v. 4). The disciples, as they filed into the room, had looked for someone to wash their feet, but no servant was present. Rather than humiliate themselves, they were reclining with unwashed feet. Jesus, after waiting in vain for one of them to take the place of a servant, finally assumed the…