John 12-17

John 12-17

Week 3: John 12-17

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  1. John Garrett

    I find these words from John 17 absolutely astounding!

    20 “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message.

    How amazing it is that Jesus should be thinking of us the night before going to the most awful death imaginable. I would have thought it would have taken him all his mental, emotional, physical and particularly spiritual energy just to keep focusing on the father and yet he still had time and space in his heart for us!

    Lord Jesus, thank you for never losing sight of the end to which you came; to be the sacrifice and ransom for many! Holy spirit, thank you for empowering I Lord to fulfil the fathers mission. Heavenly Father, thank you for sending your son into the world to become the way back to you, in Jesus name, are men!

  2. Margaret

    17 V 20 Jesus has prayed for His disciples and now He is praying for US!
    “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. ”
    He prays for US!

  3. Kevin Johnson Author

    16:29-30 Sometimes I can relate to this cry of frustration! It is also a helpful reminder that we do not need to know everything when we trust in the one who is creator of all things…and the one who has ‘overcome the world’ (v30). Praise you Jesus. Amen.

  4. John Garrett

    I think John 16, especially the first five verses, have to be one of the most confusing chapters in John’s gospel.

    On one hand Jesus is warning the disciples to expect persecution and even death and yet, on the other hand, He is also promissing comfort through The Holy Spirit. They sound like a contradiction, but I guess both were very real and parallel experiences for The Early Church less than a generation after the death, vesurrection and ascention of Jesus.

    Lord Jesus, Persecution and death does not sound a bad deal compared with eternal separation from You. However, the above ghas to be the most difficult message to sell to The World, despite the blessings for others, when we really do die daily.

    Holy Spirit, this is all so difficult to understand, so thank You for helping us and comforting us when we simply find it all too much.

    Heavenly Father, thadk You for sharing Your big picture perspective with us in Your word and for encouraging us with the knowledge that You saved us for a purpose, even if we do not understand its current outworkings, or cannot see its end, In Jesus Name, Amen!

  5. John Garrett

    Apologies all, but I got carried away and pasted this weeks comments on last weeks page, so here they are as follows, in reverse order.

    Blessings and thanks!


    Verse 19 makes me wonder why anyone would become a Christian and really does bring the definition of sanctification down to Earth with a jolt!

    19 The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you.

    Being hated by The World is not exactly the greatest gospel selling point and not one I think would enable even the most gifted evangelist to win souls. Nevertheless, our saviour has given us His authority to lay down our lives for Him and, if that sounds too scarrey, we can start by laying them down for each other, in tiny ways for now.

    Lord Jesus, there is so much talk of who our best selves are these days, so thank You for using John 15:19 to stand up for You, as the uld hymn says, so we are hated because of You

    Holy Spirit, please grant us wisdom to follow in the footsteps of our saviour, depending on Your wisdom, counsel, comfort and defence, as we learn to trust The Father through Him.

    Heavenly Father, thank You for masterminding such an amazing plan for our lives; so we sinners can become saints saved by Your Grace, In Christ to do works You have prepared for us to do, to Your etounal Kingdom advancing praise and glory, In Jesus Name, Amen!

    16 December 2020 12:36 am
    Having attended two virtual funerals in the last month and having a third one to play the organ for on the 4th of January, the beginning of John 14 is very much in my mind.

    I don’t know if our volunteer at guide dogs for the Christian, but certainly those two ladies for whom the second and third funerals are definitely a celebration of personal Christian faith. All the more curious then, that what Jesus is referring to is the bridegroom going ahead to prepare the place where he will live with his bride as man and wife.

    1 “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. 2 There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? 3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.

    It also fascinates me that the very word, apocalupsus, from which we get apocalypse actually means an unveiling, as of the bride. The difference here though, is that we get to be hold the face of a bridegroom in eternity, and not the bridegroom beholding the face of his bride for a few precious fleeting moments on her wedding day.

    Lord Jesus thank you for being concealed in the old Testament and revealed in the new. Thank you for using the opening to this chapter to give us an internal perspective on the end towards which, our trouble Zara means.

    Holy spirit, thank you for helping us understand supernaturally that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and that our place and destiny is to be with him in eternity, as his bride, the church.

    Heavenly Father, thank you for sending your son to be born as a baby, die on the cross, the buried in a tomb, rise again from the dead, ascended to heaven and be seated for all eternity in his right place at your right hand, as King of kings and Lord of lords, Amen!
    John Garrett
    16 December 2020 12:12 am
    I still find this servant king incident in John 13 absolutely astounding!

    3 Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. 4 So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, 5 and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him.

    Lord Jesus, oh how awesome it is that you, who flung stars into space, would give up those beautiful, strong, tender hands to the cruelty of nails mercilessly hammered in by those who You created in your own image and came to save, in the power of the holy spirit and to the praise and glory of the father, Amen!
    John Garrett
    16 December 2020 12:05 am
    47 I will not judge those who hear me but don’t obey me, for I have come to save the world and not to judge it.

    I find it amazing that these words from the Sun of the only wise righteous God countries so much in the words of his father to do the judging when number leavers get to heaven, focusing on his mission of saving them in the here and now.

    Thank you Lord Jesus for being so focused on seeking and saving the last, including me!

    Holy spirit, thank you for honouring the son and the father, by convicting the world of sin, that it might know its need of a Saviour!

    heavenly Father, thank you for being immortal, invisible, God only wise, righteous, just and perfect in and we always, so that we can trust you to judge justly in eternity, in Jesus name, amen!
    John 11 has to be one of the most curious and mysterious chapters in ‘the whole of Scripture.

    Like many of you, I must have read or heard it read numerous times over the years. However, it only struck me today, that the faith miracle could not have happened until the human effort of moving the stone had been completed. Only then could Jesus call forth His resurrection life out of the place of Death.

    Therefore, from what place of death do you need The Holy Spirit to call out the resurrection life ofThe Saviour and what stone do we need to move in prayer to make way for that miracle, however small or large?

    Lord Jesus, thank You for dying to reveal Yourself to us as sovereign resurrection and sovereign life! Holy Spirit, thank You for encouraging us with the faith to believe Your saving life can be called out of the places of death in our own.

    Heavenly Father, thank You for accepting us all, with our very different personalities and responses to lifeS challenges. Please help us to see our neighbours as You do and to lift them up in the power of your Holy Spirit and In Jesus Saving name, to Your eternal Kingdom advancing praise and glory, Amen!

  6. Kevin Johnson

    13:26-27 – Judas had a choice. He was given the bread by Jesus but still had to eat it. I have choices too. Lord, help me choose for you.

    13:34 – such a seemingly simple command yet so hard to live out, especially considering the profound example given. Holy Spirit, work in me to love others more, to put aside my personal agenda and to follow Your example of seeking God’s kingdom and his righteousness first. Amen.

  7. Kevin Johnson

    C12 V9-11 is a a stark reminder that being part of a miracle can both drive people to believe but also insight fierce opposition.

    I was also struck again by how amazing the words of v27 are. What an amazing God we worship.

    Lord, help me to reflect your light like Lazarus, allowing others to respond to what you have done. Help me stand firm, like you, and not to cry ‘woe me!’ but to turn my eyes to Jesus and know he is already in everything I face; so I may keep pointing back to you. Amen.

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