Week 40   Day 1


In this week's readings Jesus is talking specifically to his disciples 

            preparing them for the time

            when he will no longer be with them 


            preparing them to survive

            the ordeal of his death 


            preparing them to continue
            the work he started




This is a course in "trust me" 

  ---I am the way; stay with me, abide in me

  ---The Father and I are one; we will be with you always

  ---Whatever you need, ask in prayer and I will do it

  ---When I leave you for awhile I will send you a Helper to take my place

  ---I will come back some day and take you with me

  ---Love and serve one another

  ---Go and bear much fruit for the kingdom

  ---Your joy will be complete

  ---My peace is yours for the taking

  ---Don't be afraid; trust me



Jesus speaks of a union 

            Father and Son

            and invites us in 

the key to union is love 

the evidence of union is joy

God wants to make his home with us

                                                    in us.




                           COUNTDOWN TO THE CROSS

Time has come for Jesus to glorify God by giving up his life.

                                              John 12


    1Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany.  

2There they made Him a supper; Martha served, and Lazarus

was one of those who sat at the table with Him.  3Mary took

a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of

Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair.  And the house was

filled with the fragrance of the oil.

    4Judas Iscariot said, 5"Why was this fragrant oil not sold

for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?"  7But Jesus

said, "Let her alone; she has kept this for the day of My burial. 

8The poor you have always; Me you do not have always."

    12A great multitude that had come to the feast, when they

heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of

palm trees and went out to meet Him and cried out:  "Hosanna! 

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!"  14Jesus

sat on a young donkey, as it is written:  15"Fear not, behold

your King is coming, sitting on a donkey's colt."  16His disciples
did not understand at first; but when Jesus was
glorified they
remembered that these things were written. 

    18People met Him, because they heard that He called

Lazarus out of his tomb and raised him from the dead.  19The
Pharisees said, "Look, the world has gone after Him."

    20There were Greeks among those who came up to worship

at the feast.  21They came to Philip and asked him, saying,

"Sir, we wish to see Jesus."  22Philip came and told Andrew,

and in turn Andrew and Philip told Jesus.

    23Jesus answered them, saying, "The hour has come that the

Son of Man should be glorified.  24 I say to you, unless a grain

of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it
dies, it produces much grain.  25He who loves his life will
lose it,
and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for
eternal life.
26 If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; where
I am, My servant
will be also, and My Father will honor him.

    27"Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say?  "Father,

save Me from this hour?'  But for this purpose I came.  28Father,
glorify Your name."  Then a voice came from heaven,
"I have both glorified it and will glorify it again." 

    30Jesus said, "This voice did not come because of Me, but

for your sake.  31Now is the judgment of this world; now the

ruler of this world will be cast out.  32And I, if I am lifted up from
the earth, will draw all people to Myself."
            This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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