Daily Devotional

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Saturday (4/4/20)

Read  John 18:28-40

Pilate again brings up the topic of “truth” asking “what is truth?” Yet there he is, standing in front of the person who had said “I am the Truth.”

Jesus is kind and wants people to repent and to know truth, but Pilate is hard to the truth.

  • Is there truth in your life that you are hard to? That you are ignoring?
  • Sit and ask the Holy Spirit to sift through your heart and reveal areas of hardness. He wants to show you.
  • One sentence in the back please!!

Friday (4/3/20)

Read John 18:10-27

Peter acted too quickly (We’ve seen him respond too quickly before).  We can clearly see that Peter was not a trained soldier. He was a fisherman and he cuts off an ear (I don’t think that’s what people aim for when they want to hurt someone), but I’d guess he was aiming to cutting off his head.  I like that the man’s name is given, Malchus. I wonder why…  In Luke 22:51, we see a little more detail because Jesus restores the man’s ear whole again. Perhaps Malchus then believed having witnessed this miracle on himself?  He was the last person Jesus healed while on earth. 

  • Peter is bold in taking the man’s ear off, but soon after, as Jesus had warned him, denies even knowing Jesus three times. Why do you think Peter stays close to the scene and yet does not own up to knowing Jesus?
  • In Luke 22, as Jesus is being led away, He looks directly at Peter. This causes Peter to weep bitterly. How do you think Jesus looked at Peter? What was in His gaze? 
  • Peter and Judas had both betrayed Jesus. What is different in their responses?

Thursday (4/2/20)

Read John 18:1-11

Judas takes the soldiers to a place familiar to him because He had spent time there with Jesus and the other disciples. I picture it being an intimate setting, a “family “ place.

  • Is there someone that God wants you to create space for? Someone that needs His radical hospitality?
  • What about Judas… What do you think motivates Him to turn away from this radical hospitality and space to betray Jesus?
  • Has there been a time when Jesus so angered, frustrated, or disappointed you that you wanted to turn away? Have you had a chance to share that with someone and allowed them to walk alongside you?

Wednesday (4/1/20)

Read John 17:20-26

Read it aloud several times.

  • When Jesus prays that we will be completely unified, what do you think that means or looks like?
  • Where do you see a lack of unity around you? Is there some way that you can work towards unity?
  • What is most meaningful to you in what Jesus prays for?

Write out that one sentence summary!

Tuesday (3/31/20)

Read John 17:6-19

Do you at times desire to leave the world?  The Lord wanted the disciples to know that they’d face persecutions and difficult situations, and the same is true for us. Verse 17 is one of my favorites.  It is the answer to Pilate’s question in John 18:38, “What is truth?” God’s word is truth. The more we know the Word, the Bible, the more we know truth.  Truth sanctifies a person.  Sanctify means to set apart.  Jesus is asking that His disciples would be set apart from the world by His truth.  

  • How do you see the Bible helping you change your actions to be more “set apart” as a son or daughter of the King?
  • What is Jesus praying for specifically in this passage?
  • Read the passage aloud picturing Jesus praying for people that He loves. What is most meaningful for you?

Monday (3/30/20)

Read John 17:1-5

  • Describe the relationship Jesus has with the Father.
  • What do you think Jesus means when He talks about bringing the Father glory here on earth? How did He do that?
  • Describe eternal life from this passage:

Sunday (3/29/20)

Ahhhh, another Sunday to rest and sit in His presence. Enjoy!