Devotions for March 28, 2014

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John 12:37-50

37 But despite all the miraculous signs Jesus had done, most of the people still did not believe in him. 38 This is exactly what Isaiah the prophet had predicted:

“Lord, who has believed our message?
To whom has the Lord revealed his powerful arm?”

39 But the people couldn’t believe, for as Isaiah also said,

40 “The Lord has blinded their eyes
and hardened their hearts—
so that their eyes cannot see,
and their hearts cannot understand,
and they cannot turn to me
and have me heal them.”

41 Isaiah was referring to Jesus when he said this, because he saw the future and spoke of the Messiah’s glory. 42 Many people did believe in him, however, including some of the Jewish leaders. But they wouldn’t admit it for fear that the Pharisees would expel them from the synagogue. 43 For they loved human praise more than the praise of God.

44 Jesus shouted to the crowds, “If you trust me, you are trusting not only me, but also God who sent me. 45 For when you see me, you are seeing the one who sent me. 46 I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark. 47 I will not judge those who hear me but don’t obey me, for I have come to save the world and not to judge it. 48 But all who reject me and my message will be judged on the day of judgment by the truth I have spoken. 49 I don’t speak on my own authority. The Father who sent me has commanded me what to say and how to say it. 50 And I know his commands lead to eternal life; so I say whatever the Father tells me to say.”

DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS

Q: How does fear affect your faith? Do you fear other people? Do you fear alienation? Do you fear losing status, whether its in your circle of friends, or workplace? What fears do you have?

Q: Verse 42 tells us that even Jewish leaders were afraid of admitting their belief in Jesus. How was their fear misplaced? What could they have done to overcome that fear? Could you do the same things? Was their fear and your fear the same?

Q: 2 Timothy 1:7 tells us that God has not given us a spirit of fear. Do you proclaim that over your faith in God? How would your relationship with God change if fear wasn’t an issue? Can you allow God to help you overcome any and all of your fears?

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