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May 18

John 6:41-71 Starting in verse 41, we continue to see Jesus speaking about Himself as the bread of life. He speaks of eating His flesh and drinking His blood – well, you can imagine the response. A man seems to be talking about cannilbalism to them, a disgusting suggestion of His followers eating Him. However, Jesus wasn’t talking about a literal digestion of his body and blood, but of a...
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May 17

John 6:22-40 The next day the people came looking for him, noticing there was only one boat and Jesus had not gotten on it. They asked when he got to the other side, obviously perplexed about it. However, the reason they were seeking Jesus was not because of the miracle but because they wanted more to eat. In response, Jesus told them to seek food that endures to eternal life,...
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May 16

John 6:1-21 When Jesus fed the multitude, which if women and children were present would be over twenty thousand people, He gave thanks for the food He had. We also should be thankful for what is in our hand, and then by faith believe God will do whatever He has to do to be our sufficiency. Jesus then tells them to gather up what is leftover so that nothing is...
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May 15

John 5:24-47 Jesus is continuing a conversation to religious Jews about the relationship between the Father and Himself, the Son. In verses 38-39, Jesus speaks about their study of Scripture, but how they have failed to allow the Word to penetrate their hearts. If the Word was in them, then they would have recognized the Savior the Word promised and listened to His voice. In verse 42, Jesus says that...
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May 14

John 5:1-24 The Jews went to Jerusalem for a feast. We are not sure which feast it was. There were two parts to the pool of Bethesda, located outside the temple, now known as the double pool at the Church of St. Anne. The pools were mikvehs (gathering of waters), or purification baths. These mikvehs were built outside the temple for purification for anyone in need of cleansing. There were...
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May 13

John 4:31-54 In verses 31-38, Jesus is speaking along the lines of “doing the will of Him who sent Me.” In the same way we rely on food to satisfy a natural appetite, reliant faith that goes to the point of taking action will satisfy a spiritual appetite. Christ’s love for His Father God caused Him a deep hunger to fulfill His assignment on Earth. True life is knowing God...
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May 12

John 4:1-30 A Samaritan woman meets the Messiah at a watering well. Jesus reveals Himself by operating in words of knowledge, telling the woman about her personal life. She believes and goes and shares the new of Christ with her city. 2 Kings 4-5 Josephus, a Jewish historian, says that this widow was prophet Obadiah’s wife. Elisha. She gathers vessels and God continues to fill them all with oil, providing...
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May 11

John 3:22-36 John says, “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven.” He was speaking of Christ when he heard the report of Jesus’ ministry. He acknowledged the hand of God was on Jesus, recognizing that Jesus was stepping into His calling. Then John said, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” For John, his calling to prepare for Christ’s ministry is being completed...
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May 10

John 3:1-21 John 3:16 is a popular verse that often gets quoted on its own. As we look at it in context, it is part of a discussion Jesus has with Nicodemus, a Pharisee. In context, Jesus is talking to an educated Jew, a religious leader. Nicodemus is part of a group that is mostly against Christ, which is probably why they met at night. Jesus acknowledges Nicodemus’ Scriptural knowledge...
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May 9

John 2 Water turned to wine Mary was with Jesus in Cana, attending a wedding. Nathanael was from Cana, a disciple we know Jesus called from the previous chapter (see 21:2). Joseph was not there, nor do we hear about him at other times in the Bible. It is probable that Joseph has passed away. At the wedding, Mary asks her son to help supply more wine. This was most...
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May 8

John 1:29-51 John saw Jesus and said, “Behold, the LAMB of God who takes away the sin of the world.” John knew! John knew Jesus was coming to take the sin of the world as a sacrifice. In verse 48, Jesus says He saw Nathanael under a fig tree before Philip called him, a vision given to Him by the Spirit. Nathaniel acknowledged Jesus as the Son of God. These...
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May 7

John 1:1-28 Of the four Gospels, John is the only one that was not written after the same document. The first three, Matthew, Mark, and Luke, are called synoptic Gospels, because they were written by different men but the content was most likely rewritten from one source. Jesus is the Word of God In the first three verses, we see Jesus as the Word of God. In verse 14, it...
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May 6

Luke 24:36-53 Jesus has risen, He appears to His disciples, and in His resurrected body, He eats broiled fish and honeycomb. After the world is cleansed, there will be a new heaven and a new earth. For now, when a Christian dies, their spirit will go to heaven. However, after the earth is renewed, there will be people living on the earth again. Apparently, we will still be able to...
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May 5

Luke 24:1-35 In verse 4, the Bible says two men in shining garments stood by the women at the empty tomb. The Greek word for shining is astrapto, which comes from the root aster, meaning a star. Astrapto means “to light up.” The only other time we see this word in the Bible is in Luke 17:24, speaking of lightning. Light was radiating from the clothing of these two men....
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May 4

Luke 23:39-56 The whole crowd comes together to see the sight – the sun being darkened from noon to 3:00 p.m., the veil being torn in two, Jesus leaving His body on command as He quoted from Psalm 31:5. In fact, most of the chapter is referring to the Christ. 1 Kings 8-9 Solomon has the ark brought into the temple. In verse 8:10, it says the cloud filled the...
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