Can you believe we are finishing week 8 of 12 already? I so did not get off to a good start Monday morning, but it was surprisingly easy to make time when it became available. Here are the Scriptures for week 8:
Day 1: John 12:9-19
“The leading priests decided to kill Lazarus, too, for it was because of him that many of the people had deserted them and believed in Jesus.” v. 10
I am reminded in this Scripture of the Christians throughout history who have boldly defied the religious teachings of their day, like Martin Luther. I am also reminded of my fellow Christians in hostile parts of the world who are boldly spreading the message of Christ to those who will listen.
One thing with this verse that stands out a bit more, it wasn’t just that the people heard of what Jesus did, but they saw what He did. They saw through Lazarus the work God had done in his life. It should be the same for us.
Day 2: John 12:20-36
This is the passage where Jesus predicts His death for the first time. He uses the analogy of a kernel of wheat, explaining that His death on the cross is part of the ultimate plan.
“The truth is a kernel of wheat must be planted in the soil. Unless it dies it will be alone – a single seed. But its death will produce many new kernels – a plentiful harvest of new lives.” v. 24
Day 3: John 12:37-50
“For they loved human praise more than the praise of God.” v. 43
It can be very easy for us to “tsk tsk” the Jewish leaders who believed Jesus was their promised Messiah but were too afraid of the Pharisees to speak up. But let’s be honest, how often do we do the same thing? We all have our own Pharisee in our life. It might be our boss or coworkers, it might be fellow students, or our morning barista. Maybe it’s a regular customer we help out or our spouse or another family member. Whoever it is, we all have someone that we aim to please and sometimes, if we are not careful, we can place their opinion of us above God’s instruction for our lives.
We shouldn’t be afraid to lose someone’s friendship or something, or everything, from following God’s instructions and will for our lives.
“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?” Matthew 6:25-26
Day 4: John 13:1-11
I don’t think I could have commented on this any better than the author(s) of the Meet Jesus did, so I am going to be lazy and quote from there.
It never ceases to amaze me that Jesus washes His betrayer’s feet. The One who spoke worlds into existence not only humbles Himself to come to this earth, He also bends down onto a dirty ground to wash the feet of the one who would betray Him. It’s radically scandalous love. It’s an example I can only follow when I’ve denied self and taken up my cross, just like He teaches…”
Day 5: John 13:12-20
John spends a lot of time talking about the Passover dinner with Jesus. About how He washed His disciples’ feet, and reminded them about the prophecies.
“I tell you this now, so that when it happens you will believe I am the Messiah” v. 19
Jesus knew they would be devastated after the crucifixion. He knew their faith would be shaken and they would question why. He knew they would enter a period of intense mourning, so He prepared them as much as He could ahead of time and reminded them that everything which was about to happen, was necessary. It was to fulfill the prophecies because HE WAS the promised Messiah……HE IS the promised Messiah.