'Gospel of John' Tagged Posts

'Gospel of John' Tagged Posts

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A Homely Beginning

A Homely Beginning Daily Devotion for Lent | Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018 | Holy Week Read John 20:1-9. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. (John 20:6-7) It seems so tidy, somehow. When the disciples look into the tomb, they see the linen cloths…
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Are You Sure He’s Dead?

Are You Sure He’s Dead? Daily Devotion for Lent | Wednesday, March 28, 2018 | Holy Week Read John 19:31-37. But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. (John 19:34) They wanted to be sure He was dead. So one of the soldiers took a spear and stabbed Jesus in the side, bringing out a flow of blood and water. This was good proof He was dead, because…
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The Nails

The Nails Daily Devotion for Lent | Tuesday, March 27, 2018 | Holy Week Read John 20:24-28. But he (Thomas) said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into His side, I will never believe.” (John 20:25b) As a carpenter and builder, Jesus would have known the use of nails. Nails were expensive; if a wooden peg would do instead,…
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The King Of The Jews

The King Of The Jews Daily Devotion for Lent | Saturday, March 24, 2018 Read John 19:18-22. Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” (John 19:19) When the Romans crucified someone, they often put a notice on the cross over the criminal’s head. This was called the “titulus,” and it was there to tell everybody what crime was being punished. When Pilate wrote the inscription to…
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Not A Chance

Not A Chance Daily Devotion for Lent | Wednesday, March 21, 2018 Read John 19:23-24. “They divided My garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots.”… (John 19:24b) When a man was crucified, his clothes normally went to the executioners. That’s how Jesus’ execution squad wound up gambling at the foot of His cross. There was a single valuable piece of clothing left over—a seamless tunic—and they didn’t want to ruin it. So they played for it. The…
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Covering For Shame

Covering For Shame Daily Devotion for Lent | Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Read John 19:23-24. And when they had crucified Him, they divided His garments among them by casting lots. (Matthew 27:35) Most of us know shame. Shame for something we’ve done long ago, something almost forgotten until a chance word reminds us, and we cringe. Shame for something that was done to us, that we know was not our fault, but we can’t shake the memory. Shame for something…
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Crown Of Thorns

Crown Of Thorns Daily Devotion for Lent | Sunday, March 18, 2018 Read John 19:1-5. So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Behold the man!” (John 19:5) Where I grew up there is a little desert plant called “crown of thorns.” It has long spidery branches so covered in thorns you can’t even touch the bark. Bright green leaves grow toward the ends of the branches, and small red flowers—round…
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No Regrets

No Regrets Daily Devotion for Lent | Saturday, March 17, 2018 Read John 19:1-5. Then Pilate took Jesus and flogged Him. (John 19:1) “Then Pilate took Jesus and flogged him.” Such a short sentence for such a terrifying punishment. A Roman flogging was no joke. The victim was stripped and tied facing a pillar to prevent him running or collapsing to the ground. Two skilled men held whips resembling a cat-o’-nine-tails. The limit on the number of strokes? Among Romans,…
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An Open Door

An Open Door Daily Devotion for Lent | Tuesday, March 13, 2018 Read John 18:15-18. But Peter stood outside at the door. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to the servant girl who kept watch at the door, and brought Peter in. (John 18:16) The door of the high priest’s house was busy that night. Once Jesus was arrested, the household swung into action. Messengers went out to gather the Jewish…
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A Piece Of Bread

A Piece Of Bread Daily Devotion for Lent | Saturday, March 10, 2018 Read John 13:21-30. So when He had dipped the morsel, He gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. Then after he had taken the morsel, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “What you are going to do, do quickly.” (John 13:26b-27) It was one of those little courtesies—if you wanted to honor someone, you would dip a piece of bread into the sauce…
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Jesus With A Basin

Jesus With A Basin Daily Devotion for Lent | Friday, March 9, 2018 Read John 13:1-17. Then He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around Him. (John 13:5) How terribly uncomfortable that must have been. Imagine it: Jesus Christ, your Lord and Savior, kneeling at your feet with a basin, dealing with the stink and the sweat and the dirt of a long day…
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A Whip For The Right Backs

A Whip For The Right Backs Daily Devotion for Lent | Monday, March 5, 2018 Read John 2:13-22. And making a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen…. (John 2:15a) Jesus with a whip—really? And not just one borrowed in the heat of anger—no, He deliberately found some cords, braided them together, and made this whip. And then used it. But on whom? Logic would suggest the animals. If you have…
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