The Gospel of John does not follow the same chronological outline of Jesus’ life that we find in Matthew, Mark, and Luke. John fills in some of the gaps and adds things that were not included in the other Gospels. He tells us the rest of the story, like Nicodemus visiting Jesus at night and the teachings of Jesus with the disciples at the Last Supper. John’s Gospel calls Jesus “The Word” that became flesh. Jesus is God’s voice that we not only need to listen to, but also respond to. Are you listening?
April 30 John 1:1-28
May 1. John 1:29-51
2. John 2:1-25
3. John 3:1-21
4. John 3:22-4:3
5. John 4:4-42
6. John 4:43-54
7. John 5:1-23
8. John 5:24-47
9. John 6:1-21
10. John 6:22-42
After the two disciples from Emmaus saw and heard the risen Lord, their hearts were on fire for Jesus. Seeing and hearing Jesus changed everything for them. Walking with the Lord in faith and listening to him can change everything for us too. Is your heart on fire for the Lord?
Hope died with Jesus on Friday. But Friday is not the end of the story because Jesus rose from the dead on Sunday. Hope was restored. Jesus has the power to turn our hopeless Friday’s into new life Sundays.
Take a chance or forgive are the two options we read in this verse about the crucifixion. The shoulders took a chance by gambling for Jesus clothes and later by mocking him. Jesus forgave them. We can take our chances or we can rely on God’s love and forgiveness. I would rather not gamble on forgiveness.
Today’s reading from Luke 22 – 23 tells us that Jesus was condemned by the Jewish supreme court for being himself, the Son of God. They condemned him because they would not accept him. Jesus followers can be condemned by the world for who they are. But that doesn’t mean we should stop following Jesus. It means we should be ready to be challenged for our faith. But it is worth it because only Jesus can forgive us and give us eternal life.
After the Last Supper, Jesus took his disciples to a quiet garden to pray. He told them to pray for strength to say no to temptations. They fell asleep. Jesus prayed for the power to do the Father’s will, and God sent an angel to give Jesus strengths. Jesus still had to face the cross. God doesn’t always take away the bad things of life, but he will help us face them and will also give us help to say no to temptations. So pray!
Jesus did some amazing things at the Last Supper. He washed the disciples feet and gave a whole new meaning to the Passover celebration. He gave his followers a new celebration of love and forgiveness we call the Lord’s Supper or Communion. Jesus gave himself for us to forgive and restore us. Isn’t that worth celebrating often in remembrance of him!
Holy Week, Palm Sunday to Easter is the week that changed the world. Jesus enemies didn’t change, other than ramping up their plans to get Jesus. Jesus didn’t change. He remained committed to his mission of paying the price sin to save people from the judgment for sin. Jesus celebrated the Passover with his disciples and gave this meal a whole new meaning. We will see that in tomorrow’s reading. God’s love for us has the power to change us.
People have a lot of questions about “the end of the world.” Why else would there be so many movies about the apocalypse? Jesus said the end will come. Times will get rough for his followers. But he will come again. He wants us to be ready. Do we look for and live for Jesus every day? We should.