September 2, 2023
Day 245 JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
Click here for the reading
Focus Verses For Today: John 12:47-50
Today’s journey stops with Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Although Jesus’ time as man/God is short, humanity’s salvation is close at hand.
Seek the Lord’s understanding of John 10-12. Read John 10-12. Let’s journey!
John 10-12: Our reading today concerns itself with the time period up to, and including, Jesus’ return to Jerusalem for Passover. Chapter 10 is Jesus teaching the Pharisees and Sanhedrin about Himself by making them confront who they truly were. In chapter 11, Jesus brought Lazarus back to life from the dead. This event had many witnesses from Jerusalem who began believing in Jesus, and those who reported Lazarus’ resurrection to the Pharisees, who decided Jesus must die to protect their status and the Jewish nation. In chapter 12, Jesus returns to Bethany, where He is anointed before continuing on to Jerusalem. Once again Jesus confronts the Pharisees at the temple over their mishandling of God’s word. (John 10:1-12:50)
Our focus verses for today:
47 “If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. 48 There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them at the last day. 49 For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken. 50 I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.”
(John 12:47-50, NIV)
Jesus is speaking to the Pharisees, and any others present, about following God’s words, the words which Jesus spoke. Many, maybe most, Pharisees and Jewish leaders of that time enjoyed a false perception of good times. They loved the praise heaped upon them by people who did not know or accept the God of Jews. The fact is, they sought nothing to draw them closer to God, His very Son, Jesus, walked with and taught in the Temple with them. They rejected Jesus for the praise of Pontius Pilate, Cesar Augustus, and other leaders of the world. They sought to be a part of a world that God had condemned, leading those they were to protect on a path to destruction. Life cannot be divided into parts: God’s and the world’s. Your life is a single reflection of where you place your obedience and trust. There is no “close enough” in God’s world. Are you fully committed to the Creator of the Universe?
For more information regarding how your financial support can help, please click here.