John 14

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“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

– John 14:27

There are a lot of troubled people in the world. Why wouldn’t there be? It often feels—especially in our day and age with a constant flow of news and information from around the world—that the world we live in is in continual chaos. Whether it be terrorist attacks, earthquakes, wars, viruses and potential pandemics; there are a lot of things to be troubled over. Yet Jesus says, “Let not your heart be troubled.” Twice in John 14 He says, “Let not your heart be troubled.” How can we live like this? Simple. Rest your heart completely upon the peaceful assurance given to us of a life beyond this life through Jesus Christ.

“I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

John 13

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“For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.

– John 13:15

After completing the selfless act of washing His disciples feet Jesus said, “I’ve given you an example… you should do as I have done for you.” Does this mean we should wash feet? Perhaps, though I think it means far more than that. The actions of Jesus were wholly and completely selfless. He came and willingly laid down his life, therefore we ought also to lay down ours. Jesus as we saw previously that the good shepherd gives his life for the sheep, in John 10, here again we are reminded of the importance of selfless service as disciples and followers of Jesus.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

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Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

John 12

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Now a great many of the Jews knew that He was there; and they came, not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might also see Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead. But the chief priests plotted to put Lazarus to death also, because on account of him many of the Jews went away and believed in Jesus.

– John 12:9-11

The incredulity of the chief priests is stunning. In Luke 16 Jesus tells a story (which I believe is a true account and not merely a parable) of “The rich man and Lazarus.” In the story Jesus speaks of a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen who died at the same time as a beggar named Lazarus. In the story Jesus gives insight into the afterlife wherein the rich man was in torment and Lazarus in paradise. As the story unfolds the rich man, tormented in a hellish state, calls out to Abraham, who was comforting Lazarus in the paradise of eternity. He plead with Abraham to send Lazarus back to speak to those of his fathers house (he had 5 brothers) so that they repent and not end up on torment after death too. To which Abraham responded, “They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.” But the rich man continued, “No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.”

I’m convinced that Jesus was giving us advanced insight into this actual Lazarus, who died here in John 12. And upon his return from death, what was the response of the wealthy, ruling, religious class? “The chief priests plotted to put lazarus to death also, because on account of him many of the Jews went away and believed in Jesus.”

I guess the assumption of the rich man of Luke 16 was incorrect. Interestingly, the clothing the rich man wore (purple and fine linen) indicates (to me at least) that he may have been of the family of the chief/high priests, as linen was the clothing of the priests and purple the color of the upper class and royalty.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

John 11

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Jesus wept.

– John 11:35

Yes, this is the shortest verse in the Bible. If you’ve never undertaken the task of memorizing Scripture, because your memory isn’t so good… you can at least remember John 11:35.

Though this it is an easy task to memorize John 11:35, it isn’t exactly easy to understand why He wept. Did Jesus weep because of the death of His close friend Lazarus? Maybe… though I don’t believe so. Did He weep because because of the weeping of the grieving sisters of Lazarus (Martha and Mary)? Possibly; verse 33 seems to indicate that could be the case. There are several additional theories. Perhaps Jesus wept because of the lack of faith of those at Lazarus’ tomb. Maybe He wept just seeing the general condition of the people’s hearts. It could be that He wept because horrendous nature of death, in general. It could even be possible that He wept with an underlying joy, knowing what He was about to do.

This is one of the little things I look forward to learning when I too rise to new life in His kingdom one day.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

John 10

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“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.

– John 10:11

One of the keys of Christlikeness is the willingness of an individual to lay down their lives for others. I’m not necessarily speaking about actual sacrificial death, but rather a laying down of our will, our opinions, our rights, our preferences, our selfishness for the sake of others. This is especially important for those upon whom the Lord would grant the privilege of being an “under-shepherd” within His church (i.e. pastors). Pastors are (chiefly) to be servants, laying down their lives for the sake of “the sheep.”

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

John 9

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He answered and said, “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.”

– John 9:25

Has Jesus transformed your life in any measurable way? That is the answer to the tough questions of faith that even seasoned saints have a difficult time answering. When someone throws a zinger at you; “Why do bad things happen to good people?” Why is there suffering in the world?” “What about people of other faiths, do they go to heaven?” “Don’t we all just worship the same God?” There are great answers to everyone of these and I’ve discussed (argued rather) the answers with people many times before. But the end of their questions normally comes when I simply say, “Jesus has changed my life, here’s how… and He can change your life too.”

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

John 8

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

John 7

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On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”

– John 7:37-38

The grand themes of John continue. Jesus presented living water to the Samaritan woman in Chapter 4. He presented the bread of life in Chapter 6. Now He presents living water again in Chapter 7. How do you eat and drink the living water and bread of life? Both here and in John 6:35 Jesus said, “he who believes in Me shall never thirst.”

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

John 6

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And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.

– John 6:35

The Gospel of John is built around seven signs (miracles) of Jesus and seven “I Am” statements. This is the first of the seven statements; “I am the bread of life.”

Chapter 6 also presents the third of Jesus’ seven signs; the feeding of the 5,000. It’s important to keep track of and take note of these signs and statements as the signs substantiate the veracity of the statements. In other words, the miraculous works that Jesus performs (water into win, the healing of the lame man and now the feeding of the 5,000) prove authentic the message that He speaks. The words and works go hand-in-hand.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

John 5

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But the one who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a multitude being in that place.

– John 5:13

It appears (to me) that the (formerly) lame man at Bethesda was so fixed upon the pool that could potentially bring him healing that he never actually looked at the Man who ultimately healed him.

Often times I’m fixed on the wrong things too.

(Hebrews 12:2)

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim