Jesus and Judas

May 8, 2017

18 pI am not speaking ofall of you; I know qwhom I have chosen. But rthe Scripture will be fulfilled,4 sHe who atemy bread has lifted his heel against me. 19 tI am telling you this now, before it takes place,that when it does take place you may believe that I am he. 20 Truly, truly, I say to you,uwhoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the onewho sent me.

One of You Will Betray Me

21 After saying these things, vJesus was troubled in his spirit, and testified, wTruly,truly, I say to you, xone of you will betray me. 22 yThe disciples looked at one another,uncertain of whom he spoke. 23 zOne of his disciples, whom Jesus loved, was reclining attable aat Jesus' side,5 24 so Simon Peter motioned to him to ask Jesus6 of whom he wasspeaking. 25 bSo that disciple, cleaning back against Jesus, said to him, Lord, who is it?26 Jesus answered, dIt is he to whom I will give this morsel of bread ewhen I have dippedit. So when he had dipped the morsel, fhe gave it to Judas, gthe son of Simon Iscariot.27 Then after he had taken the morsel, hSatan entered into him. Jesus said to him, iWhatyou are going to do, do quickly. 28 Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him.29 Some thought that, jbecause Judas had the moneybag, Jesus was telling him, Buy whatwe need kfor the feast, or that he should lgive something to the poor. 30 So, afterreceiving the morsel of bread, he immediately went out. mAnd it was night.

Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus

18 When Jesus had spoken these words, nhe went out with his disciples acrossothe brook Kidron, where there was a garden, which he and his disciplesentered. Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew pthe place, for qJesus often met therewith his disciples. rSo Judas, having procured a band of soldiers and some officers fromthe chief priests and the Pharisees, went there with lanterns and torches and weapons.Then Jesus, sknowing all that would happen to him, came forward and said to them,tWhom do you seek? They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus said to them, Iam he.1 Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. uWhen Jesus2 said to them,I am he, they drew back and fell to the ground. So he asked them again, tWhom do youseek? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus answered, I told you that I am he. So, ifyou seek me, let these men go. vThis was to fulfill the word that he had spoken: Ofthose whom you gave me I have lost not one. 10 Then Simon Peter, whaving a sword, drewit and struck the high priest's servant3 and cut off his right ear. (The servant's name wasMalchus.) 11 So Jesus said to Peter, Put your sword into its sheath; xshall I not drink thecup that the Father has given me?

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John 13 - Washing the Feet

April 24, 2017

Jesus Washes the Disciples' Feet

13 Now nbefore othe Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that phis hour hadcome qto depart out of this world to the Father, rhaving loved shis own whowere in the world, he loved them to the end. During supper, when tthe devil had alreadyput it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him, Jesus, knowing uthatthe Father had given all things into his hands, and that vhe had come from God and wwasgoing back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking atowel, xtied it around his waist. Then he ypoured water into a basin and began to washthe disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. Hecame to Simon Peter, who said to him, Lord, do you wash my feet? zJesus answeredhim, What I am doing ayou do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.bPeter said to him, You shall never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, cIf I do notwash you, you have no share with me. Simon Peter said to him, Lord, not my feet onlybut also my hands and my head! 10 Jesus said to him, The one who has bathed does notneed to wash, dexcept for his feet,1 but is completely clean. And eyou2 are clean, fbut notevery one of you. 11 gFor he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, Not all ofyou are clean.

12 When he had washed their feet and hput on his outer garments and resumed hisplace, he said to them, iDo you understand what I have done to you? 13 jYou call mekTeacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, havewashed your feet, lyou also ought to wash one another's feet. 15 For I have given you anexample, mthat you also should do just as I have done to you. 16 Truly, truly, I say to you, naservant3 is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who senthim. 17 If you know these things, oblessed are you if you do them.

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John 12 - The Hour Has Come to Rise

April 22, 2017

Some Greeks Seek Jesus

20 Now eamong those who went up to worship at the feast were some fGreeks. 21 Sothese came to gPhilip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, Sir, we wish tosee Jesus. 22 Philip went and told hAndrew; Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus.23 And Jesus answered them, iThe hour has come jfor the Son of Man to be glorified.24 Truly, truly, I say to you, kunless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, itremains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 lWhoever loves his life loses it, andmwhoever nhates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves me,he must ofollow me; and pwhere I am, there will my servant be also. qIf anyone serves me,rthe Father will honor him.

The Son of Man Must Be Lifted Up

27 sNow is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? Father, tsave me from uthis hour?But vfor this purpose I have come to uthis hour. 28 Father, glorify your name. Then wavoice came from heaven: I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again. 29 The crowd thatstood there and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, xAn angel has spoken tohim. 30 Jesus answered, yThis voice has come for your sake, not mine. 31 zNow is thejudgment of this world; now will athe ruler of this world bbe cast out. 32 And I, cwhen Iam lifted up from the earth, dwill draw eall people to myself. 33 He said this fto show bywhat kind of death he was going to die. 34 So the crowd answered him, We have heardfrom the Law that gthe Christ remains forever. How can you say that hthe Son of Manmust be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man? 35 So Jesus said to them, iThe light is amongyou jfor a little while longer. kWalk while you have the light, lest darkness lovertake you.mThe one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. 36 While you havethe light, believe in the light, that you may become nsons of light.

The Unbelief of the People

When Jesus had said these things, he departed and hid himself from them. 37 Thoughhe had done so many signs before them, they still did not believe in him, 38 oso that theword spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:

pLord, who has believed what he heard from us,

and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?

39 Therefore they qcould not believe. For again Isaiah said,

40  rHe has blinded their eyes

and shardened their heart,

lest they see with their eyes,

and understand with their heart, and turn,

and I would heal them.

41 Isaiah said these things because the saw his glory and uspoke of him. 42 Nevertheless,vmany even of the authorities believed in him, but wfor fear of the Pharisees they did notxconfess it, so that they would not be xput out of the synagogue; 43 yfor they loved theglory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.

Jesus Came to Save the World

44 And Jesus cried out and said, zWhoever believes in me, believes not in me but ainhim who sent me. 45 And bwhoever csees me sees him who sent me. 46 dI have come intothe world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness. 47 If anyoneehears my words and does not keep them, fI do not judge him; for gI did not come to judgethe world but to save the world. 48 hThe one who rejects me and does not receive mywords has a judge; ithe word that I have spoken will judge him jon the last day. 49 For kIhave not spoken on my own authority, but the Father lwho sent me has himself given mema commandmentwhat to say and what to speak. 50 And I know that his commandmentis eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has told me.

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John 11 & 12: Preparation For Burial

April 10, 2017

The Plot to Kill Jesus

45 nMany of the Jews therefore, owho had come with Mary and phad seen what he did,believed in him, 46 but some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus haddone. 47 So the chief priests and the Pharisees qgathered rthe council and said, sWhatare we to do? For this man performs many signs. 48 If we let him go on like this, everyonewill believe in him, and tthe Romans will come and take away both our uplace and ournation. 49 But one of them, vCaiaphas, wwho was high priest that year, said to them, Youknow nothing at all. 50 Nor do you understand that xit is better for you that one manshould die for the people, not that the whole nation should perish. 51 He did not say this ofhis own accord, but ybeing high priest that year zhe prophesied that Jesus would die forthe nation, 52 and anot for the nation only, but also bto gather into one the children of Godwho are scattered abroad. 53 So from that day on they cmade plans to put him to death.

54 Jesus therefore dno longer walked openly among the Jews, but went from there tothe region near the wilderness, to a town called Ephraim, and there he stayed with thedisciples.

55 Now ethe Passover of the Jews was at hand, and fmany went up from the country toJerusalem before the Passover gto purify themselves. 56 hThey were looking for6 Jesusand saying to one another as they stood in the temple, What do you think? That he willnot come to the feast at all? 57 Now the chief priests and the Pharisees had given ordersthat if anyone knew where he was, he should let them know, so that they might arrest him.

Mary Anoints Jesus at Bethany

12 Six days before ithe Passover, jJesus therefore came to Bethany, kwhereLazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. So they gave a dinner forhim there. lMartha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with him at table.mMary therefore took a pound1 of expensive ointment made from pure nard, andanointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with thefragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was about tobetray him), said, Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii2 andngiven to the poor? He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because hewas a thief, and nhaving charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was putinto it. Jesus said, Leave her alone, so that she may keep it3 for the day of my burial.For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.

The Plot to Kill Lazarus

When the large crowd of the Jews learned that Jesus4 was there, they came, not onlyon account of him but also to see Lazarus, owhom he had raised from the dead. 10 pSo thechief priests made plans to put Lazarus to death as well, 11 because qon account of himmany of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus.

The Triumphal Entry

12 The next day rthe large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus wascoming to Jerusalem. 13 So they took branches of spalm trees and went out to meet him,crying out, tHosanna! Blessed is uhe who comes in the name of the Lord, even vthe Kingof Israel! 14 And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written,

15  wFear not, daughter of Zion;

behold, your king is coming,

sitting on a donkey's colt!

16 xHis disciples did not understand these things at first, but ywhen Jesus was glorified,then zthey remembered that these things had been written about him and had been doneto him. 17 aThe crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb andraised him from the dead continued to bear witness. 18 The reason why the crowd went tomeet him bwas that they heard he had done this sign. 19 So the Pharisees said to oneanother, cYou see that you are gaining nothing. Look, dthe world has gone after him.

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John 11: Lazarus: the Promise, the Sign, the Reality

April 2, 2017

The Death of Lazarus

11 Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of lMary and her sisterMartha. mIt was Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feetwith her hair, whose brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters sent to him, saying, Lord,nhe whom you love is ill. But when Jesus heard it he said, oThis illness does not lead todeath. It is for pthe glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.

Now qJesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when he heard thatLazarus1 was ill, rhe stayed two days longer in the place where he was. Then after thishe said to the disciples, sLet us go to Judea again. The disciples said to him, tRabbi,uthe Jews were just now seeking to stone you, and are you going there again? Jesusanswered, vAre there not twelve hours in the day? wIf anyone walks in the day, he doesnot stumble, because he sees the light of this world. 10 But xif anyone walks in the night,he stumbles, because the light is not xin him. 11 After saying these things, he said to them,Our friend Lazarus yhas fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him. 12 The disciples said tohim, Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover. 13 Now Jesus had spoken of his death,but they thought that he meant taking rest in sleep. 14 Then Jesus told them plainly,Lazarus has died, 15 and for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you maybelieve. But let us go to him. 16 zSo Thomas, called the Twin,2 said to his fellow disciples,Let us also go, athat we may die with him.

I Am the Resurrection and the Life

17 Now when Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb bfourdays. 18 Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles3 off, 19 and many of the Jews hadcome to Martha and Mary cto console them concerning their brother. 20 dSo whenMartha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, but Mary remained seated inthe house. 21 Martha said to eJesus, Lord, fif you had been here, my brother would nothave died. 22 But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, gGod will give you.23 Jesus said to her, Your brother will rise again. 24 hMartha said to him, I know that hewill rise again in ithe resurrection on the last day. 25 Jesus said to her, jI am theresurrection and kthe life.4 Whoever believes in me, lthough he die, myet shall he live,26 and everyone who lives and believes in me nshall never die. Do you believe this? 27 Shesaid to him, Yes, Lord; oI believe that pyou are the Christ, the Son of God, qwho is cominginto the world.

Jesus Weeps

28 When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary, saying in private, rTheTeacher is here and is calling for you. 29 And when she heard it, she rose quickly and wentto him. 30 Now Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still in the place whereMartha had met him. 31 When the Jews swho were with her in the house, consoling her,saw Mary rise quickly and go out, they followed her, supposing that she was going to thetomb to weep there. 32 Now when Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell athis feet, saying to him, tLord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, heuwas deeply moved5 in his spirit and vgreatly troubled. 34 And he said, Where have youlaid him? They said to him, Lord, come and see. 35 wJesus wept. 36 So the Jews said,See xhow he loved him! 37 But some of them said, Could not he ywho opened the eyes ofthe blind man zalso have kept this man from dying?

Jesus Raises Lazarus

38 Then Jesus, adeeply moved again, came to the tomb. It was ba cave, and ca stone layagainst it. 39 Jesus said, Take away the stone. Martha, the sister of the dead man, said tohim, Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for dhe has been dead four days. 40 Jesussaid to her, eDid I not tell you that if you believed you would see fthe glory of God? 41 Sothey took away the stone. And Jesus glifted up his eyes and said, Father, I thank you thatyou have heard me. 42 hI knew that you always hear me, but I said this ion account of thepeople standing around, jthat they may believe that you sent me. 43 When he had saidthese things, he cried out with a loud voice, Lazarus, come out. 44 kThe man who haddied came out, lhis hands and feet bound with linen strips, and mhis face wrapped with acloth. Jesus said to them, Unbind him, and let him go.

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John 10 - Is Jesus Good?

March 31, 2017

I Am the Good Shepherd

10 Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door butclimbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. But he who enters bythe door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear hisvoice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought outall his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. yAstranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice ofstrangers. This figure of speech Jesus zused with them, but they adid not understandwhat he was saying to them.

So Jesus again said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, bI am the door of the sheep.All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. Iam the door. If anyone enters by me, che will be saved and will go in and out and dfindpasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and ekill and destroy. I came that they may havelife and have it abundantly. 11 fI am the good shepherd. The good shepherd glays down hislife for the sheep. 12 He who is ha hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own thesheep, sees the wolf coming and ileaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches themand jscatters them. 13 He flees because khe is a hired hand and lcares nothing for thesheep. 14 mI am the good shepherd. nI know my own and omy own know me, 15 pjust as theFather knows me and I know the Father; and qI lay down my life for the sheep. 16 And rIhave other sheep that are not of this fold. sI must bring them also, and tthey will listen tomy voice. So there will be uone flock, vone shepherd. 17 wFor this reason the Father lovesme, xbecause yI lay down my life that I may take it up again. 18 zNo one takes it from me,but yI lay it down aof my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and bI haveauthority to take it up again. cThis charge I have received from my Father.

19 dThere was again a division among the Jews because of these words. 20 Many ofthem said, eHe has a demon, and fis insane; why listen to him? 21 Others said, These arenot the words of one who is oppressed by a demon. gCan a demon open the eyes of theblind?

I and the Father Are One

22 At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 andJesus was walking in the temple, hin the colonnade of Solomon. 24 So the Jews gatheredaround him and said to him, How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are itheChrist, jtell us plainly. 25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and you do not believe. kTheworks that I do lin my Father's name bear witness about me, 26 but myou do not believebecause you are not among my sheep. 27 nMy sheep hear my voice, and I know them, andthey follow me. 28 oI give them eternal life, and pthey will never perish, and qno one willsnatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, rwho has given them to me,1 sis greater thanall, and no one is able to snatch them out of tthe Father's hand. 30 uI and the Father areone.

31 vThe Jews picked up stones again to stone him. 32 Jesus answered them, I haveshown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stoneme? 33 The Jews answered him, It is not for a good work that we are going to stone youbut wfor blasphemy, because you, being a man, xmake yourself God. 34 Jesus answeredthem, Is it not written in yyour Law, zI said, you are gods? 35 If he called them gods towhom the word of God cameand Scripture cannot be abroken 36 do you say of himwhom bthe Father consecrated and csent into the world, You are blaspheming, becausedI said, I am the Son of God? 37 eIf I am not doing the works of my Father, then do notbelieve me; 38 but if I do them, feven though you do not believe me, believe the works, thatyou may know and understand that gthe Father is in me and I am in the Father. 39 hAgainthey sought to arrest him, but he escaped from their hands.

40 He went away again across the Jordan to the place iwhere John had been baptizingat first, and there he remained. 41 And many came to him. And they said, John did no sign,but jeverything that John said about this man was true. 42 And kmany believed in himthere.

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John 9 - Believing is Seeing

March 22, 2017

Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind

 As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him,cRabbi, dwho sinned, ethis man or fhis parents, that he was born blind? Jesusanswered, It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but gthat the works of Godmight be displayed in him. We must hwork the works of him who sent me iwhile it isday; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, jI am the lightof the world. Having said these things, khe spit on the ground and made mud with thesaliva. lThen he anointed the man's eyes with the mud and said to him, Go, wash inmthe pool of Siloam (which means Sent). So he went and washed and ncame back seeing.

The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar were saying, oIs thisnot the man who used to sit and beg? Some said, It is he. Others said, No, but he islike him. He kept saying, I am the man. 10 So they said to him, Then how were your eyesopened? 11 He answered, pThe man called Jesus made mud and anointed my eyes andsaid to me, Go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed and received my sight. 12 Theysaid to him, Where is he? He said, I do not know.

13 They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. 14 qNow it was aSabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. 15 rSo the Pharisees againasked him how he had received his sight. And he said to them, He put mud on my eyes,and I washed, and I see. 16 Some of the Pharisees said, This man is not sfrom God, tforhe does not keep the Sabbath. But others said, uHow can a man who is a sinner do suchsigns? And vthere was a division among them. 17 So they said again to the blind man,What do you say about him, since he has opened your eyes? He said, wHe is a prophet.

18 xThe Jews1 did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight, untilthey called the parents of the man who had received his sight 19 and asked them, Is thisyour son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see? 20 His parentsanswered, We know that this is our son and that he was born blind. 21 But how he nowsees we do not know, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He willspeak for himself. 22 (His parents said these things ybecause they feared the Jews, forzthe Jews had already agreed that if anyone should aconfess Jesus2 to be Christ, bhe wasto be put out of the synagogue.) 23 Therefore his parents said, cHe is of age; ask him.

24 So for the second time they called the man who had been blind and said to him,dGive glory to God. We know that ethis man is a sinner. 25 He answered, Whether he isa sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I fwas blind, now I see. 26 Theysaid to him, What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes? 27 He answered them,gI have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Doyou also want to become his disciples? 28 And they reviled him, saying, You are hisdisciple, but hwe are disciples of Moses. 29 We know that God has spoken to Moses, but asfor this man, iwe do not know where he comes from. 30 The man answered, Why, this isjan amazing thing! kYou do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes.31 We know that lGod does not listen to sinners, but mif anyone is a worshiper of God anddoes his will, God listens to him. 32 Never since the world began has it been heard thatanyone opened the eyes of a man born blind. 33 nIf this man were not from God, he coulddo nothing. 34 They answered him, oYou were born in utter sin, and would you teachus? And they pcast him out.

35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him he said, Do youbelieve in qthe Son of Man?3 36 He answered, rAnd who is he, sir, that I may believe inhim? 37 Jesus said to him, You have seen him, and sit is he who is speaking to you. 38 Hesaid, Lord, I believe, and he worshiped him. 39 Jesus said, tFor judgment I came intothis world, uthat those who do not see may see, and vthose who see may become blind.40 Some of the Pharisees near him heard these things, and said to him, wAre we alsoblind? 41 Jesus said to them, If you were blind, xyou would have no guilt;4 but now thatyou say, We see, your guilt remains.

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John 8 - Faith in Jesus is True Freedom

March 17, 2017

The Truth Will Set You Free

31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, cIf you abide in my word, you aretruly my disciples, 32 and you will dknow the truth, and the truth ewill set you free.33 They answered him, fWe are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved toanyone. How is it that you say, You will become free?

34 Jesus answered them, Truly, truly, I say to you, geveryone who practices sin is aslave2 to sin. 35 hThe slave does not remain in the house forever; ithe son remainsforever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. 37 I know that you areoffspring of Abraham; yet jyou seek to kill me because my word finds no place in you. 38 kIspeak of what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have heard lfrom yourfather.

You Are of Your Father the Devil

39 They answered him, mAbraham is our father. Jesus said to them, nIf you wereAbraham's children, you would be doing the works Abraham did, 40 but now oyou seek tokill me, a man who has told you the truth pthat I heard from God. This is not whatAbraham did. 41 You are doing the works your father did. They said to him, qWe were notborn of sexual immorality. We have rone Fathereven God. 42 Jesus said to them, sIfGod were your Father, you would love me, for tI came from God and uI am here. vI camenot of my own accord, but whe sent me. 43 xWhy do you not understand what I say? It isbecause you cannot ybear to hear my word. 44 zYou are of your father the devil, and yourwill is to do your father's desires. aHe was a murderer from the beginning, and bdoes notstand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. cWhen he lies, he speaks out of hisown character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45 But because I tell the truth, you donot believe me. 46 Which one of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you notbelieve me? 47 dWhoever is of God hears the words of God. eThe reason why you do nothear them is that fyou are not of God.

Before Abraham Was, I Am

48 The Jews answered him, Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan andghave a demon? 49 Jesus answered, I do not have a demon, but hI honor my Father, andyou dishonor me. 50 Yet iI do not seek my own glory; there is One who seeks it, and he isthe judge. 51 Truly, truly, jI say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never ksee death.52 The Jews said to him, Now we know that you have a demon! lAbraham died, as did theprophets, yet myou say, If anyone keeps my word, he will never ntaste death. 53 oAre yougreater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you makeyourself out to be? 54 Jesus answered, pIf I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. qIt is myFather who glorifies me, rof whom you say, He is our God.3 55 But syou have not knownhim. tI know him. If I were to say that I do not know him, I would be ua liar vlike you, but Ido know him and I keep his word. 56 wYour father Abraham xrejoiced ythat he would seemy day. zHe saw it and was glad. 57 So the Jews said to him, You are not yet fifty yearsold, and have you seen Abraham?4 58 Jesus said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, beforeAbraham was, aI am. 59 So bthey picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himselfand went out of the temple.

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John 8 - Light of the World

March 9, 2017

12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” 13 So the Pharisees said to him, “You are bearing witness about yourself; your testimony is not true.” 14 Jesus answered, “Even if I do bear witness about myself, my testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. 15 You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one. 16 Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is true, for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father[a] who sent me. 17 In your Law it is written that the testimony of two people is true. 18 I am the one who bears witness about myself, and the Father who sent me bears witness about me.” 19 They said to him therefore, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” 20 These words he spoke in the treasury, as he taught in the temple; but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.

21 So he said to them again, “I am going away, and you will seek me, and you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.” 22 So the Jews said, “Will he kill himself, since he says, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come’?” 23 He said to them, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. 24 I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.” 25 So they said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus said to them, “Just what I have been telling you from the beginning. 26 I have much to say about you and much to judge, but he who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him.” 27 They did not understand that he had been speaking to them about the Father. 28 So Jesus said to them, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority, but speak just as the Father taught me. 29 And he who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to him.” 30 As he was saying these things, many believed in him.

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John 8 - Let Him Who Is Without Sin Cast The First Stone

March 1, 2017

but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground.But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10 Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.” 

(John 8:1-11 ESV)

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