Week Fifteen — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The Gospel of John — John 20: 1, 2

Sunday

John 20:1, 2 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.  So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said,” They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we remember that by the power of God no tomb could keep you as its prisoner.

Thought for the day:  Jesus’ faith in God even on the cross was rewarded when he arose from the grave.

Monday

Matthew 2: 11 On coming to the house they [the magi] saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him.  Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, from the time of your birth you were destined to give your life as a sacrifice for the salvation of the world.

Thought for the day:  Myrrh and aloes were combined for a rich perfume for weddings and burials. (See Psalm 45:8)

Tuesday

John 19: 38, 39 Later, Joseph of Aramathea asked Pilate of the body of Jesus.  Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jews.  With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away. He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night.  Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, like Joseph and Nicodemus we long to honor you in all things.

Thought for the day: If you want to honor Jesus, honor his disciples in their hour of need.

Wednesday

Matthew 27:59, 60 Joseph took the the body, wrapped in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock.  He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, may you be our guide when we must take the last journey to the grave

Thought for the day: The songwriter said, “Man of Sorrows, what a name for the Son of God who came, ruined sinners to reclaim.  Hallelujah, what a savior.”

Thursday

John 20: 19, 20 On the evening of the first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus cam e and stood among them and said,” Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side.  The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we have heard the testimony of your disciples, and we believe you arose.

Thought for the day:  No one better than the disciples could have been found to verify that it was Jesus who arose from the dead.

Friday

I Corinthians 15: 48, 49 As was the earthly ma so are those who are of the earth; and as is the man from heaven, so also are those who are of heaven.  And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven.

Thought for the day:  Lord Jesus, you were raised to live forever more.

Thought for the day:  When the new plant appears, the gardener does not wish to have the seed back.

Saturday

I Peter 1: 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

Prayer:  Lord God, in Jesus you have given us a hope beyond this world.

Thought for the day:  Behind the darkest storm clouds there is a sun that shines.

Adult Bible Study

G – R – A – V – E

Garden – In a garden near Golgotha was a tomb belonging to a rich man – John 19:41.

Repose – Jesus’s body was to repose in the tomb of Joseph – John 19:42.

Aloes and Myrrh – Joseph and Nicodemus prepared Jesus’ body for burial — John 19:39.

Visit – Early Sunday morning the women went to the tomb to prepare Jesus’ body – John 20:1

Empty – The women found the grave to be empty.  Jesus was risen from the dead – John 20:1

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Week Fourteen — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The Gospel of John — John 19: 16, 17

Sunday

John 19: 17, 18 Carrying his won cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha).  Here they crucified him, and with him two others – one on each side and Jesus in the middle.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we offer our humble thanks for the cross you endured to save the world.

Thought for the day: The song writer said, “He gave his life, what more could he give?  O how he loved you and me.”

Monday

Matthew 26:42 He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, in humility we give our thanks that you choose to fulfill the plan of God to save the world.

Thought for the day:  Great love makes a great sacrifice possible.

 

Tuesday

Isaiah 53:7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.

Prayer:  O God, in the willing sacrifice of your loving son, Jesus, we find our perfect example of how to humbly do your will.

Thought for the day:  The songwriter said, “He never said a mumblin’ word.  He never said a mumblin’ word.

Wednesday

Deuteronomy 21: 22-23 If a man is guilty of a capital offence is put to death and his body is hug on a tree, you must not leave his body on the tree overnight.  Be sure to bury him that same day, because anyone who is hung on a tree is under God’s curse.  You must not desecrate the land the Lord your god is giving you as an inheritance.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, to fulfill God’s salvation plan you died on Golgotha between two thieves.

Thought for the day:  Service to God can consecrate even the lowliest of places.

Thursday

Psalm 22: 17, 18 I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me. They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, for your great endurance you drew on the strength of love.

Prayer: Hatred is a weakness, but love is a strength that can endure.

 

 

Friday

2 Corinthians 5:21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Prayer:  Lord God, how?  How could you allow Jesus to be sin for us, except for your great love.

Thought for the day:  All that Jesus endured on the cross and all that he endured through his ministry expressed the depth of God’s saving love.

Saturday

I Peter 1: 18, 19 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as sliver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, if we have any hope of salvation from sin, it is thanks to you.

Thought for the day:  For all who would believe Jesus can become your Passover lamb.

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Week Thirteen — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The Gospel of John — John 17: 20, 21

Sunday

John 17: 20, 21 My prayer is not for them alone.  I pray also for those who will believe I me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father just as you are in me and I am in you.  May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, may our love for our brothers and sisters be the answer to your prayer today.

Thought for the day: Showing the love of Jesus is an answer to someone’s prayer.

Monday

Ephesians 4: 2, 3 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.  Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

Prayer:  Lord God, for every division created may you forgive us, from possible division may you spare us, and from every division suffered may you heal us.

Thought for the day:  Divide and conquer is an old and reliable enemy tactic.

Tuesday

Colossians 3:13, 14 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another.  Forgive as the Lord forgave you.  And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, may we be your instruments of peace and unity in the church.

Thought for the day:  The history of the home, the church, the world could be rewritten with three simple words: “We forgave them.”

Wednesday

Psalm 133: 1, 2 How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity.  It is like precious oil poured on the head.  Running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s head, down upon the collar of his robes.

Prayer:  Lord God, we give thanks for the peace of unity in your spirit.

Thought for the day:  The strength of the chain is found in its unbroken links.

Thursday

I John 4:20, 21 If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar.  For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.  And he has given us this command.  Whoever loves God must also love his brother.

Prayer:  Lord God, may we find your love for every child of God we meet.

Thought for the day:  Hatred destroys the hater.

Friday

I Corinthians 12: 12, 13 The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and through all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body – whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free – and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we who are members of your body would together bring honor and praise to you.

Thought for the day:  Happy families know well how to harmonize.

Saturday

I Thessalonians 5: 17 Pray continually

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we join you in praying for the unity of believers that the world may believe in you.

Thought for the day:  If you want to be more like Jesus, pray more.

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Week Twelve — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The Gospel of John — John 16: 19, 20

Sunday

John 16:19, 20 Jesus saw that they wanted to ask him about this, so he said to them, “Are you asking one another what I meant when I said, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me’? I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices.  You will grieve, but your grief will tun to joy.”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, as your disciples of old we delight ourselves in your presence.

Thought for the day:  When the sun of springtime breaks through the clouds of winter, the birds begin to sing.

Monday

2 Peter 3:8, 9 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends:  With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.  The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness.  He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish but everyone to come to repentance.

Prayer:  Lord God, we confess we cannot foresee what tomorrow will bring, but we can trust you in all.

Thought for the day:  The tulip that bloomed today needed no alarm clock to awaken to the season.

Tuesday

Psalm 90:4 For a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night.

Prayer:  Lord God Almighty, our live are brief sparks in your eternal light.

Thought for the day:  The moments you spend with God are moments in God’s eternal joy.

Wednesday

Psalm 30:5 For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, give us strength that we may watch and pray with you.

Thought for the day:  Question: Will morning ever come? Answer: It always has.

Thursday

Ecclesiastes 3: 1, 2 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under Heaven:  a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, the scriptures tell us there was a time when you gave our life as a sin sacrifice.

Thought for the day:  Today is a good day to give honor and praise to God for the gift of his son.

Friday

Deuteronomy 31:8 “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Prayer:  O God our Heavenly Father, may your presence disperse the shadow of fear and the fog of discouragement.

Thought for the day:  Never cancel God’s invitation to go with you.

Saturday

John 16: 22, 23 So with you: Now is the time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice and no one will take away your joy.  In that day you will no longer ask me anything.  I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, as your disciples of old we, your disciples today, long to see you again.

Thought for the day:  Real joy of God cannot be taken without your permission.

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Week Eleven — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The Gospel of John — John 15: 4, 5

Sunday

John 15: 4, 5 Remain in me, and I will remain in you.  No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.  Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.  I am the vine; you are the branches.  If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

Prayer:  Lord God, in Christ Jesus we would be fruitful for your kingdom.

Thought for the day:  To pray in the name of Jesus is to abide in God’s presence.

Monday

Psalm 91:1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

Prayer:  Lord God, we have always found shelter when we have rested in you.

Thought for the day:  Children adore to walk and play in the shadow of their parent.

Tuesday

Matthew 13: 23 But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.

Prayer:  O Jesus, may we receive that good word that we might bear fruit for you.

Thought for the day:  Poor seed make poor yields even in the best soil.

Wednesday

Colossians 1:10 And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and my please him in every way:  bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.

Prayer:  Lord God, may the prayer of the Apostle be fulfilled in our lives that we live a life worthy of our Lord.

Thought for the day:  If you want to see miracles today, try praying Bible prayers over your life today.

Thursday

Hebrews 12:5, 6 And you have not forgotten the word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.”

Prayer:  Lord God, may we see beyond the immediate to the eternal purpose you have for us.

Thought for the day:  All the hours of our lives are puzzle pieces that will fit into the grand plan of eternity.

Friday

2 Peter 1: 7,8 and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.  For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Prayer:  Jesus, for you we would so live that we are fruitful servants.

Thought for the day:  Every deed done for Christ is a blessing for eternity.

Saturday

Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, when we work for you we find and fulfill our purpose.

Thought for the day:  Public works of art amplify beauty.
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Week Ten — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The Gospel of John — John 14: 2, 3

Sunday

John 14: 2, 3 In my Father’s house are may rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you.  I am going there to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, to be with you and the Heavenly Father shall be heaven indeed.

Thought for the day:  The companionship of a godly soul is a bit of heaven.

Monday

2 Samuel 12:22,23 He [David] answered, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept. I thought, ‘Who knows?  The Lord may be gracious to me and let the child live. But now that he is dead, why should I fast?  Can I bring him back again?  I will go to him, but he will not return to me.”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, as we prepare to part from this life may we find hope in you.

Thought for the day:  The old preacher was right, when he said we must all fight life’s final battle.

Tuesday

2 Corinthians 5: 6,7 Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord.  We live by faith, not by sight.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, in faith we believe your children shall be united with you.

Thought for the day:  The Psalmist said, “weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5)

Wednesday

I Corinthians 15: 53, 54 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.  When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable and the mortal with immortality then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we believe God raised you to life eternal.  You have the victory.

Thought for the day: When victory is prophesied, the confirmation is doubly sweet.

Thursday

Revelation 21: 1, 2 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.  I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.

Prayer:  Lord God, Our Heavenly Father, your dwelling place shall be our heaven.

Thought for the day: Some presents are so well wrapped that no amount of shaking will reveal the contents.

Friday

I Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank you for the promise of your return.

Thought for the day:  If you want service, do as the recording says, “Please stay on the line, and your call will be answered in the order in which it was received.”

Saturday

John 14: 6,7 Jesus answered, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.  If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we trust you to lead us to God.

Thought for the day:  If you want to reach a new destination, find and follow someone who is going that way.

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Week Nine — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The Gospel of John — John 13: 4, 5

Sunday

John 13: 4, 5 So [Jesus] got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist.  After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, in your humble spirit we find the great love of God.

Thought for the day:  Simple acts of kindness show love of inestimable worth.

Monday

John 13: 14, 15 Not that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.  I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.

Prayer:  Lord God, we give thanks for the Son who taught us how to live humbly.

Thought for the day:  Foot washing is most easily done by those who bow to the task.

Tuesday

Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, in the strength of your spirit may we learn the way of self-denial for others sake.

Thought for the day: Those who would accomplish much must learn the discipline of self-denial.

Wednesday

Isaiah 42: 2, 3 He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets.  A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, in humility you fulfilled the will of God perfectly.

Thought for the day:  Courage before humanity and humility before God complement one another.

Thursday

Luke 9: 47. 48 Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him. Then he said to them, “whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and who ever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.  For he who is least among you all – he is the greatest.

Prayer: Lord God, we present ourselves to you as little children to be cradled in your love.

Thought for the day: Finding your childhood is a great treasure.

Friday

2 Corinthians 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, in your boundless love we find our riches.

Thought for the day: What you could sacrifice easily could become the riches of another.

Saturday

I Peter 2:21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his steps.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, may we see and follow your steps today.

Thought for the day: If you believe you may need someone to carry you, you should walk close at their side.

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