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DBR 2022

John 19-21: Day 266: Journey Through the Bible in a Year

September 24, 2022

John 19-21
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Day 266: Journey Through the Bible in a Year
Focus Verses for Today: John 21:15-19

Before reading John 19-21, pray for understanding of today’s reading. Read John 19-21. Let’s journey!

JohnCommentary: Pilate could find no fault with Jesus, yet he still sent Him to be flogged and then executed. Pilate was concerned with one thing: maintaining and gaining political power. If the Jews revolted, especially during a holiday when the number of Jews in the city had greatly increased, Pilate would be dismissed from his position. John carefully points out many prophecies that were fulfilled by the death of Jesus Christ. Only the Messiah, the Savior, could have fulfilled all the prophecies.

Unlike the other Gospels, John does not devote much time to Jesus on the cross. Instead, he focuses on what happens after. Jesus’ body is cared for by two of his followers, who, until now, had not been very public about their support of Jesus. Jesus appeared to several people after His resurrection. John records several of those appearances in chapters 20 and 21, but not all. Jesus and the disciples spent some time together before He returned to Heaven, which is not recorded by John. On one of these occasions, Jesus talks to Peter, who had denied Him after His arrest. Peter is given the confidence he needs to continue with Jesus’ work after Jesus is gone.

Jesus gives Peter three final instructions. Peter never forgets this conversation with Jesus, as evidenced by Peter’s epistles. It is also revealed to Peter what will happen to him. Peter wants to know if the same fate is in store for another disciple. Peter is reminded to focus on his work for the Lord and not concern himself about the work the Lord has for others, a lesson we still need to this day.

Focus Verses: John 21:15-19 – Why was this conversation so important to Peter? If Jesus were to have a similar conversation with you, what would He say? Pray upon your response.

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