Once again, almost a month later I am getting back. ugh. No excuse. Someone hold me accountable, please. Had I kept it going on schedule… I would have finished Revelation today.
I’m trying my best to finish reading the Bible through in 90 days. Maybe not 90 consecutive days… but 90 days none the less. Join me. Click here for more information on the ESV Bible in 90 day plan that I am doing.
One day… love how at times, the writers just throw in these descriptive words… For those of you who are smarter than me, how does the original read? Anyway, Jesus’ authority is challenged this ‘one day.’ It was challenged all of the time, but apparently this one day was important enough to require a response and a record. Jesus answers a question with a question. When they refuse to respond to his question, he refuses to answer theirs. They then go on to ask more questions. Spy out times that they can try to trip him up. He never fails.
Then Jesus loudly makes known to all in earshot… Beware of the scribes.
The widow is commended for her offering vs the rich doing the same.
Jesus announces that the temple will be destroyed and Jerusalem will be destroyed. That got attention.
Every day he was in the temple teaching. There were plenty of opportunities to publicly arrest Jesus. They will do it in the shadows and not in sight.
Satan entered into Judas. That’s an interesting statement to make you pause. Remember that we don’t war with individuals but with darkness. Judas consents to give over Jesus to the priests.
Passover. All the details are known by Jesus. Lord Supper is instituted. Yet after all this an argument arises between the disciples about which one will be greatest in heaven. Interesting reading this on the day that the SBC is coming together… wonder how many of these discussions are occuring as I write this.
Scripture must be fulfilled! Awesome. Promises made and kept.
Jesus prays to God. Agony. He knows what is coming. He rises to the task that is coming. He is betrayed and arrested.
Peter denies Jesus 3 times.
Jesus is mocked.
Jesus is sent to Pilate and Herod. No reason for him to be tried by them, but nonetheless he is. He is given crucifixion as his penalty. Barabbas is freed. Jesus is nailed to the cross.
While on the cross, two criminals are with him. One is saved from eternal death and his sins because he believes that Jesus is the Christ.
The centurion, after the world splits open, admits, “certainly this man was innocent.”
Jesus is buried in a tomb given by Joseph of Arimathea.
Jesus is resurrected! When the women get to the tomb, it is empty. The stone is rolled away.
That day, two men were going to a village named Emmaus. Jesus appears and disappears with them. Jesus then appears to his disciples. He appears many times and there are many witnesses to his appearances. Later he ascends to heaven to prepare the way for the Holy Spirit to come to the followers of God and believers of Christ.
John opens so unlike the other gospels. John obviously saw revelations from God that he communicated when he put pen to paper.
The Word was with God in the beginning.
Light shines in the darkness… and darkness can not overcome it.
All who believe in God will be given the right to become children of God.
Law was given through Moses. Grace and Truth came through Christ.
The book of John opens with Christ calling his disciples. Perhaps the other gospels focus more on the birth of Christ… and since we think of birth as the beginning, John knew that the beginning was not with that baby in Bethlehem. Christ was always here. In fact, Grace and Truth was always evidenced in the Word of God. Access to God and forgiveness of sins was always available to those who sought Truth and accepted Grace.
Jesus revealed himself in his way and in his time.
Nicodemus is an incredible story found in John. Here is a man who knew more of the Old Testament writings and law of God and yet was so far from the truth. After encountering Jesus he learns what Grace is.
The most famous verse in the Bible. John 3:16. We often stop at 16. We should continue through 18 and probably through 21.
16″For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the worldto condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 20For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.21But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”
Jesus encounters a woman in Samaria. Living water is discussed vs physical water. Real worship is defined.
Jesus heals and shows that authority is from God alone. Witnesses are all around as Jesus is doing miracles.
- He heals sick.
- He feeds thousands from nothing.
- He walks on water.
Yet he teaches that he is the bread of life. The manna that God gave the israelites in the wilderness is perfected and finalized in Him. Everyone who heard his teachings were amazed.