Archive for June 30, 2012
Today, we will finish our thinking about Jesus’ prayer in John 17. Read John 17: 20 – 26. As you read, identify the key theme. It is hard to miss!
In verse 20 we hear Jesus shift from praying for His individual disciples to praying for the believers that will follow in years and centuries to come. Those believers constitute Christ’s church. So when you read the pronoun “them” in these verses … it refers to Jesus’ church. She cannot be ignored as unimportant, as unnecessary. She is Christ’s body on this earth … and He spent time in prayer for her before More >
Jesus has finished his final discourse and conversation with his disciples … He has prayed for them, allowing them to hear His prayer so that they could know His desires for them. Therefore, it is now time … I can almost imagine Jesus taking a deep breath … and walking out to let it begin.
Read John 18: 1 – 27
Some observations …
1. From the arrest: A Roman cohort is a company of 300 – 600 Roman soldiers. Now add a number of Pharisees and representatives of the high priest … we have quite a crowd coming against Jesus and More >
Behold the superlative liberality of the Lord Jesus, for he hath given us his all. Although a tithe of his possessions would have made a universe of angels rich beyond all thought, yet was he not content until he had given us all that he had. It would have been surprising grace if he had allowed us to eat the crumbs of his bounty beneath the table of his mercy; but he will do nothing by halves, he makes us sit with him and share the feast. Had he given us some small pension from his royal coffers, we should More >