Day 70 (Thurs, Oct 23, 2014)

Jesus Appeals for Faith

35 total verses: Matthew 26:1-2; Luke 21:37-38; John 12:20-50

Brief description of action taking place or point being made

271. Jesus predicts day of crucifixion in Matthew 26:1-2
272. People come early to hear Jesus teach in Luke 21:37-38
273. Greeks seek Jesus in John 12:20-22
274. Final public appeals to unbelievers in John 12:23-50

General questions

1. What is your favorite verse or set of verses? Why?
2. Did you learn anything from the reading or find anything particularly cool? What?
3. Was there anything unclear in the passage that you have questions about? What are they?

Specific questions on this passage

After Completing the Bible Reading

Broader outline of each section of passage

Matthew 26:1-2. Jesus tells his disciples that he is going to be crucified.

Luke 21:37-38. Jesus taught every day in the Temple, but spent the nights at Mount Olivet.

John 12:20-22. Some Greek Jews came to Philip because they wanted to speak with Jesus, and Philip went to Andrew, who got them connected.

John 12:23-50. Jesus begins by talking about his death and reminds us that a seed must die in order to bring life. But then he expands and talks about the rest of us, that we have to live for him rather than living for ourselves. Jesus then explains that he has come to glorify the Father, and the Father from heaven speaks out loud affirming this and it sounded like thunder.

After affirming the success and the completion of Jesus’s work on earth, John expresses how the prophet Isaiah was able to accurately foresee how people would reject him. And then John goes onto say that others did believe in him, but so they wouldn’t be put out of the synagogue, they kept it secret.

John concludes with Jesus speaking about his role in this world, and about how he and the Father are on the same page on everything.

My favorite passage and other random thoughts

I like John 12:31 “Now will the ruler of this world be cast out” (ESV). It emphasizes the complete victory of Jesus over Satan. It leads us to ponder the extent of that victory, and whether we are believing all that Jesus accomplished in that victory. Most of the time we think about salvation, but other verses suggest that we have freedom from sin so that we can live righteously. It seems to include healing from sickness, but what other things has the devil stolen that Jesus won back?

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