Every Drop of Jesus Day 120

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Day 120 - John 21:15-19

Points to Ponder:

1.         What does Jesus want to impress upon Peter when it comes to following him?

2.        What does Jesus want to impress upon us when it comes to following him?

Verse:

He said this to indicate by what kind of death Peter would glorify God. After saying this, he told him, “Follow me.” John 21:19

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, you have such love for Peter.  After all that he did to you and against you, you came and you restored him.  You welcomed him back with open arms and a glad heart.  And then you called him to work for you.  You didn’t just restore him, you invite him, called him, even commanded him to work with you for the care of souls.  You called and commanded him to follow you and to go where you led him. Lord Jesus, I can hardly comprehend this kind of love that you’ve also shown to me.  You have restored me and welcomed me with open hearts and a glad heart. You do not push me away, but instead draw me close.  And more than that, you invite, call and command me work with you and for you to bring glory to God.  Help me to follow where you lead.  Help me to deny myself and take up my cross after you.  You have done all this for me.  Help me to live my life for you.  Amen. 

Every Drop of Jesus Day 119

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Day 119 - John 21:7-14

Points to Ponder:

1.         Why does John make a big deal about the numbers? (153 large fish that don’t tear the net; third time he appeared, etc.)

2.        What does John want to impress upon us? 

Verse:

This was now the third time Jesus appeared appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead. John 21:14

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, you don’t want to leave me in any sort of doubt, none at all.  You didn’t want that for your disciples either.  You kept on showing them in multiple and miraculous ways that you truly were alive and that you truly are Lord of life.  I find doubts rising up inside me.  My mind whispers about your resurrection, “What if it’s not true? Is it really true? How could it really be?”  My heart whispers about my purpose and meaning in life, “What are you really accomplishing here?”  All kinds of doubts and questions about who you are and about who I am rise up in my heart and life.  Yet, Jesus, you do not want to leave me there in doubt and despair.  You keep showing me in the Scripture who you are and what your promises are.  You keep coming to me and proving to me who you are and who I am because of your death and resurrection. When doubt and despair, skepticism and questions, wash over me, come to me again and again to make it clear to me who you are.  Show me, once again, who you are for me – you are my risen Savior, the Lord of my life.  Amen.

Every Drop of Jesus Day 118

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Day 118 - John 21:1-6

Points to Ponder:

1.         What were the disciples doing in the days after the resurrection?

2.        Why does Jesus come to them again?

3.         What does he show them again?

Verse:

“I’m going fishing,” Simon Peter said to them.  “We’re coming with you,” they told him.  They went out into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. John 21:3

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, it wasn’t long after your resurrection and the disciples had gone back to life as normal.  They were going back to their fishing nets.  They had gone back to the regular lives.  But here you came and disrupted their normal lives to send them on to something extraordinary.  It’s so easy in these days after Easter to get back to life as normal.  The resurrection fades to the back our minds again; the joy and the excitement of Easter dawn dissipates as life drags on. Lord Jesus, keep coming to me by your Word and remind me that it is not life as normal. Keep coming to me to convince and show me and remind me of your divine power and heavenly help.  I cannot live life as normal because you have been raised from the dead.  I cannot carry on as I did before. You resurrection fills me with divine power and heavenly hope.  Lord Jesus, keep this truth on the front of my mind as I make my way through this day that I might live all out and all in for you.  Amen.

Every Drop of Jesus Day 117

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Day 117 - John 20:1-31

Points to Ponder:

1.         What is John trying to show us and teach us in this chapter?

2.        What is Jesus trying to show and teach his disciples in this chapter?

3.         How did the resurrection of Jesus change everything for those Jesus to whom Jesus appeared?

4.        How does the resurrection of Jesus change you?

Verse: 

Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them what he had said to her. John 20:18

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, when the women and the disciples first went to the tomb they came with trudging feet and fearful hearts. The disciples ran to the tomb because they were afraid, and then they went home confused and still afraid. But once they knew that Jesus was alive, everything changed.  Mary’s tears were dried and she couldn’t wait to tell the disciples and announce to them what she had seen and believed.  Lord Jesus grant the same to me.  Overflow my heart with resurrection confidence and courage to face this day.  Grant me love and wisdom as I interact with people so that we can maintain the unity of the spirit and the bond of peace.  Grant me courage and confidence to live and to serve today.  Amen.

Every Drop of Jesus Day 116

Day 116 - John 20:24-31

Points to Ponder:

1.         What did Thomas want before he would believe?

2.        What did Jesus give Thomas so that he would believe?

3.         What do you learn about Jesus in this, that he came to Thomas in his weakness to bolster his faith?

Verse:

Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and look at my hands.  Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Don’t be faithless, but believe.” John 20:27

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, incredible love you showed to Thomas.  You could have rightly expected him to hear and believe the eye-witness testimony of the other disciples.  Surely there were enough witnesses there that he might be overwhelmed by their testimony. You could have just left him in his doubt and unbelief. But in love, you condescended to his weakness to show him that you were really alive.  In love you came to him to give him overwhelming evidence for his own hands, eyes, and heart that he might believe.  Oh, dear Jesus, such love for Thomas. You have the same kind of love for me. This account gives me a real example of the overwhelming way that you love me and all your people. You do not leave me alone in my weakness to figure it out; in love you come to me in my doubt and despair to reassure me that I am yours and that the victory is mine.  You come to me in Word and Supper to constantly reassure me of your life.  You didn’t have to do that! But you did!  You did. You continue to come to me in my weakness so that I might believe!  Thank you, dear Jesus.  Amen.