John 17 - The Prayer That Changed The World

July 6, 2017

The High Priestly Prayer

17 When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.

“I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you. For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them. 11 And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.[a] 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them[b] in the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sake I consecrate myself,[c] that they also may be sanctified[d] in truth.

20 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. 24 Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. 26 I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”


John 16 - A Present Joy Beyond This World

July 6, 2017

“I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. But now I am going to him who sent me, and none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; 10 concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; 11 concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14 He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15 All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

Your Sorrow Will Turn into Joy

16 “A little while, and you will see me no longer; and again a little while, and you will see me.” 17 So some of his disciples said to one another, “What is this that he says to us, ‘A little while, and you will not see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’; and, ‘because I am going to the Father’?” 18 So they were saying, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We do not know what he is talking about.” 19 Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them, “Is this what you are asking yourselves, what I meant by saying, ‘A little while and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me’? 20 Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy. 21 When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. 22 So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. 23 In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. 24 Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

I Have Overcome the World

25 “I have said these things to you in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures of speech but will tell you plainly about the Father. 26 In that day you will ask in my name, and I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf; 27 for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.[a] 28 I came from the Father and have come into the world, and now I am leaving the world and going to the Father.”

29 His disciples said, “Ah, now you are speaking plainly and not using figurative speech! 30 Now we know that you know all things and do not need anyone to question you; this is why we believe that you came from God.” 31 Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? 32 Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me. 33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”


John 15 - The Promise of Persecution

June 26, 2017

17 These things I command you, cso that you will love one another.

The Hatred of the World

18 dIf the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19 eIf you wereof the world, the world would love you as its own; but because fyou are not of the world,but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the wordthat I said to you: gA servant is not greater than his master. If they persecuted me, htheywill also persecute you. iIf they kept my word, they will also keep yours. 21 But jall thesethings they will do to you kon account of my name, lbecause they do not know him whosent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, mthey would not have been guilty ofsin,2 but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 nWhoever hates me hates my Fatheralso. 24 oIf I had not done among them the works that no one else did, mthey would not beguilty of sin, but now they have pseen and hated both me and my Father. 25 But qthe wordthat is written in their Law must be fulfilled: rThey hated me without a cause.

26 But swhen the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit oftruth, who proceeds from the Father, the will bear witness about me. 27 And uyou also willbear witness, vbecause you have been with me wfrom the beginning.

16 I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away. xThey will putyou out of the synagogues. Indeed, ythe hour is coming when zwhoever kills youwill think he is offering service to God. And they will do these things abecause they havenot known the Father, nor me. But bI have said these things to you, that when ctheirhour comes you may remember that I told them to you.


John 14 - From Orphans to Doing Greater Works Than Jesus?

June 6, 2017

If you had known me, you would have known my Father also.[d] From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.”Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.

12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me[e] anything in my name, I will do it.

Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit

15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper,[f] to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be[g] in you.

18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. 21 Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” 22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father's who sent me.

25 “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. 28 You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29 And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe. 30 I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me, 31 but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here.


Jesus Is The Only Way

May 23, 2017

I Am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life

14 dLet not your hearts be troubled. eBelieve in God;1 believe also in me. In fmyFather's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that gI goto prepare a place for you?2 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again andwill take you hto myself, that iwhere I am you may be also. And you know the way towhere I am going.3 jThomas said to him, Lord, kwe do not know where you are going.How can we know the way? Jesus said to him, I am lthe way, and mthe truth, and nthelife. No one comes to the Father except through me.


A New Command: Love One Another

May 23, 2017

A New Commandment

31 When he had gone out, Jesus said, nNow is the Son of Man glorified, and oGod isglorified in him. 32 If God is glorified in him, pGod will also glorify him in himself, andqglorify him at once. 33 Little children, ryet a little while I am with you. You will seek me,and just sas I said to the Jews, so now I also say to you, Where I am going you cannotcome. 34 tA new commandment uI give to you, vthat you love one another: wjust as I haveloved you, you also are to love one another. 35 xBy this all people will know that you are mydisciples, if you have love for one another.

Jesus Foretells Peter's Denial

36 Simon Peter said to him, Lord, where are you going? yJesus answered him, WhereI am going zyou cannot follow me now, abut you will follow afterward.


Peter - God’s Big Plans for Big Failures

May 8, 2017

Jesus Foretells Peter's Denial

36 Simon Peter said to him, Lord, where are you going? yJesus answered him, WhereI am going zyou cannot follow me now, abut you will follow afterward. 37 bPeter said tohim, Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you. 38 Jesusanswered, Will you lay down your life for me? Truly, truly, I say to you, cthe rooster willnot crow till you have denied me three times.


Peter Denies Jesus

15 cSimon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple. Since that disciple wasknown to the high priest, he entered with Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest,16 dbut Peter stood outside at the door. So the other disciple, who was known to the highpriest, went out and spoke to the servant girl who kept watch at the door, and broughtPeter in. 17 eThe servant girl at the door said to Peter, You also are not one of this man'sdisciples, are you? He said, I am not. 18 Now the servants5 and officers had made acharcoal fire, because it was cold, and they were standing and warming themselves.fPeter also was with them, standing and warming himself.


Peter Denies Jesus Again

25 mNow Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. So they said to him, Youalso are not one of his disciples, are you? He denied it and said, I am not. 26 One of theservants of the high priest, a relative of nthe man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, DidI not see you oin the garden with him? 27 Peter again denied it, and pat once a roostercrowed.


Jesus and Peter

15 When they had ufinished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, vSimon, wson ofJohn, xdo you love me more than these? He said to him, Yes, Lord; you know that I loveyou. He said to him, Feed ymy lambs. 16 He said to him a second time, Simon, son ofJohn, do you love me? He said to him, Yes, Lord; you know that I love you. He said tohim, zTend ymy sheep. 17 He said to him the third time, Simon, son of John, do you loveme? Peter was grieved because he said to him athe third time, Do you love me? and hesaid to him, Lord, byou know everything; you know that I love you. Jesus said to him,Feed cmy sheep. 18 dTruly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, eyou used to dressyourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out yourhands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go. 19 (This hesaid to show fby what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said tohim, gFollow me.


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?


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.