John 15

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“By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

– John 15:8

In Galatians 5 Paul writes of the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, kindness, etc.). God’s desire is that you and I bear these, and many other God glorifying ‘fruits’ in our lives. The primary, and most effective way to bear much fruit is to (1) abide in the vine (Jesus), and (2) allow the vinedresser to prune out of your life those branches that are hindering your fruitfulness. Pruning is a painful process, and abiding is not always easy. But glorifying God by bearing much fruit is perhaps the greatest privilege and joy to be found in life.

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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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John 14

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“I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.

– John 14:18

We have, and must trust in the sure word of Christ when we are tempted to believe that we are orphaned and alone. There are times in which we question, “Where is God in this?” Even Christ on the cross cried, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me.” Those words are jarring. And the feeling of being forsaken and alone is all the more disorienting. But God’s word to us is “I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you” (Josh. 1:5).

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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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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

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

– John 13:34-35

In John 13 Jesus gives us an example to follow, and a command to obey. In reality the Scriptures are filled with many examples and commands, and the primary concern is not that we know them, but that we endeavor to follow them.

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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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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

It’s difficult to imagine anything more absurd. Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, and the response of the religious leaders was to plot to kill him again, because he’s way too good of an advertisement for the power of Jesus. Talk about totally missing the message.

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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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John 11

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And one of them, Caiaphas, being high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all, nor do you consider that it is expedient for us that one man should die for the people, and not that the whole nation should perish.”

– John 11:49-50

Today is ‘Good Friday.’ The day we remember Jesus’ death was necessary. Caiaphas could not have imagined, when he uttered these words, just how massively true they were. It was expedient that the one man, Jesus, should die for us. Of course, that’s not the context in which Caiaphas spoke these words. But it is true nonetheless.

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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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John 10

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“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

– John 10:10

We see the effects of the thief, and his destructive efforts continuously. But Jesus came to restore what the thief has stolen. He comes not only to give life; not only to give life in abundance, but to give life more abundantly.

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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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John 9

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Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.

– John 9:3

Two major, and wonderful truths are revealed by Jesus here. First, we ought never think that an individuals disability, from birth, is the result of some punishment for the sin of the parents, or their own. Second, God desires to use our brokenness to glorify His greatness.

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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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John 8

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She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

– John 8:11

When reading through the opening verses of John 8, it needs to be stated that scholars debate whether or not this story should be in the Gospel of John, or not. I recognize that there are challenges regarding it. But the message of it is so clearly in line with the ministry and message of Jesus.

Jesus receives us as we are. The gospel makes clear that Christ accepts us in our fallen and sinful state, and when we come to Him He welcomes us with pardoning grace. But Christ’s aim is to transform us. He receives us in our brokenness, but desires to make us completely new, so that we would “go and sin no more.”

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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

John 7

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So there was a division among the people because of Him.

– John 7:43

It should not surprise us that this is still the case. The name and person of Jesus causes great division among people. A division that at times can seem irreconcilable. The differences of beliefs, opinions, and views on who Jesus is are significant. Thus it is essential that Christians hold a reasoned faith that can be articulated with grace and in patience. As Peter wrote, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear” (1 Peter 3:15).

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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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John 6

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Then a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His signs which He performed on those who were diseased.

– John 6:2

People follow Jesus for all kinds of different reasons. As John 6 unfolds, it becomes clear that this reason (“because they saw His signs”) was not a sustaining reason for continued following. For we read later in the passage, “From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more” (John 6:66).

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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