Thursday (3/19/20)

Reread John 11 

Today we are going to ponder some “feeling” types of questions. Spend some time in prayer and reflection.

  • When have you felt disappointed in Jesus because of a response or a lack of response to prayer?
  • Think about Lazarus being raised from the dead. What seems impossible in your life right now that you need to cry out to the Lord over? 
  • Not everyone was excited that Lazarus was raised from the dead. Has there been a situation where you see the Lord’s answer and it made you angry? 

Spend some time in prayer just sharing  your feelings with the Father.

  • Write out your one sentence summary!

Wednesday (3/18/20)

Read John 11

  • Imagine that you are Martha in this scene. What is going through your mind? Are you  angry? Hopeless? Frustrated?
  • What does it say about her relationship with Jesus that she speaks so strongly to Him?
  • How about you? Can you speak openly to the Lord in your anger or frustration about a person or situation?

“Lazarus is dead” Jesus said flat out in verse fourteen.  He wasn’t just asleep as the disciples thought.  

Jesus wept.  He wept at death. The sting of sin is death. 

There’s death because of the fallen world we live in.  Death isn’t a happy thing for anyone, including Jesus. After He mourns with the sisters, Jesus tells them that He is the resurrection & the life. Lazarus is called back to life in an amazing miracle that proves who Jesus is and that His Kingdom is a Kingdom of forever life. 

When believers die, we can say with confidence that “_______________ will rise again!” because Jesus is our resurrection. 

Tuesday (3/17/20)

Read John 10 

Let’s do the Know, Be, Do method for the whole chapter.

While I am reading, I like to put a light “K,B,D” right over the text so that I can immediately see the different areas.

KNOW (what does the text say about God?)

BE (What does the text say about us?)

DO (what is the text calling me to do?)

Take time today to think through those questions from this passage.

KNOW:

BE:

DO:

  • Write out your one sentence summary!

Monday (3/16/20)

Read John 9

The miracle of the blind seeing!  This is the first time, at least recorded in scripture, of  a person being born blind and then receiving sight.  Surely this blind man had no hope of ever seeing, so when the miracle was performed he couldn’t deny this was someone sent from God. Genesis 2:7 says we’re “made of dust;” how fitting is it that Jesus uses dust to open the blind man’s eyes.  Truly, the Creator was standing before this blind man.

The sad truth of blindness of sight versus blindness of the heart is what  seems to be the point of this chapter.  The blind man knew he was blind and needed help, yet the Pharisees did not know the blindness of their hearts to see the truth that was right in front of them.

Recently, I sat at lunch with a friend who has been a follower of Jesus for a while. He had recently been in a relationship that involved a lot of sexual sin. He was now out of that relationship and said that the pressing question on his mind was, “How is it that in my mind I know that Jesus has the best path for me, and yet I woke up day after day deciding to disobey in the area of sexuality?”Our areas of disobedience often point to hard or blind areas in our hearts.

  • Are there areas of your heart that you might be blind to? Ask the Spirit to show you.
  • Don’t forget your one sentence summary. 

Sunday (3/15/20)

This morning we are going to spend just some time in rest and quiet.

Close your eyes and picture yourself sitting with Jesus in a place that feels comfortable, safe and welcoming.

Just sit with Him there, perhaps tell Him some things that you appreciate about Him and the way that He cares for you. Perhaps just sit seeing in your mind how He holds you tightly and loves you.

Spend some time praying and listening to your favorite worship song preparing your mind and heart to be soft for this morning’s worship service.

Saturday (3/14/20)

Read John 8:12-59

  • What does Jesus tell the people about themselves?
  • What does He proclaim about Himself?
  • Is there anything perplexing or confusing?
  • Remember your one sentence summary.

Friday (3/13/20)

Read John 8:1-11

As they were trying to trap Jesus, He turned the trap on them with a brilliant response to their question: “Let anyone of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her” (v. 7b, NIV). The Lord did not act like what this woman had done was okay.  In the presence of Jesus, in fact, not one person in the crowd claimed to be without sin. Jesus both forgave people and warned them not to return to sin.

  • What do you think this woman learns about who Jesus is?
  • If the Lord said to you today, “neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more,” what sin would He be referring to?
  • What steps can you take to walk away from that sin?