Days 12-14 of the 21 Day Challenge…Many, many days late

Clearly I got myself wrapped up in other things and never finished the 21-day-challenge on here. I was going to delete the previous posts where I had recorded Days 1-11, but then I realized that was wrong. You see, as we focus so much on what God did for us, I’ve been thinking and praying a lot about Peter. I keep reading what he did to Jesus for my Bible study (if you aren’t enrolled in a good one, GO to Bible Study Fellowship. Seriously. They are everywhere and it’s SO good), and my heart has changed so much for this guy.

Peter was the first disciple to call Jesus the Son of God. He was zealous, intuitive, and bold. He really got it. Sure, he made a mistake or two, but all of them did, other than Jesus. You know, the other disciples were not discussed as much as him and it’s not because he was the only one messing up. Even before I was a Christian I preferred to live life making mistakes than fearfully avoiding them. Obviously that’s been magnified since the Lord healed me. Now I’m completely compelled to go out and DO things for Him, not just talk about them (2 Cor 5:14). So, there’s a special place in my heart for Peter because I see how he messed up. He had the right foundation–faith in Jesus. But instead of watching and praying in Matthew 26, he fell asleep (like they all did). And he pridefully declared that he wouldn’t deny Christ even though the Lord knew he would. But can you picture that moment? They’re all sitting around hearing about the awful things they would do. I would have jumped up with the guy and pounded my chest at the prospect of denying Him also. Peter and I would have taken turns chopping the servant’s ears off when they came to collect Jesus (Mth 27, John 15 which is pasted below). I would have called it zealousness as I swung my sword, and only later would I realize I had allowed my own plans to take over. After the mistake had been made I would have cried and apologized and wished I had never done it.

So, because I do stuff like that, I decided not to delete evidence of the incomplete challenge from a few months ago. When I started it I felt the Lord suggest I post the 21-day challenge, which was to read a chapter from the book of John each day for 21 days. Then I forgot about my firm foundation and got lost in my own ways. So I might still wish I had never done it but might as well try and make things right now. His word will not return void and plenty of them will be posted below.

I’ll paste the chapter here and then some comments beneath it. I’m not writing commentary but if something excites you enough to read more into it, post what you find!

Day 12

John 12 Six days before the Passover,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(B)”> Jesus came to Bethany,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(C)”> where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(D)”> while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume;<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(E)”> she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(F)”> And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.
But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(G)”> objected, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(H)”> he used to help himself to what was put into it.
“Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(I)”> You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”
Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(K)”> 10 So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well, 11 for on account of him<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(L)”> many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and believing in him.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(M)”>

Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.9em; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: top;" value="(N)”>

12 The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. 13 They took palm branches<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(O)”> and went out to meet him, shouting,
“Hosanna!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(P)”>
“Blessed is the king of Israel!”<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(Q)”>
14 Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written:
15 “Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion;
    see, your king is coming,
    seated on a donkey’s colt.”<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(R)”>
16 At first his disciples did not understand all this.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(S)”> Only after Jesus was glorified<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(T)”> did they realize that these things had been written about him and that these things had been done to him.
17 Now the crowd that was with him<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(U)”> when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word. 18 Many people, because they had heard that he had performed this sign,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(V)”> went out to meet him. 19 So the Pharisees said to one another, “See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after him!”<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(W)”>

Jesus Predicts His Death

20 Now there were some Greeks<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(X)”> among those who went up to worship at the festival. 21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(Y)”> in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus.
23 Jesus replied, “The hour<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(Z)”> has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AA)”> 24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AB)”> it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25 Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AC)”> for eternal life.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AD)”> 26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AE)”> My Father will honor the one who serves me.
27 “Now my soul is troubled,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AF)”> and what shall I say? ‘Father,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AG)”> save me from this hour’?<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AH)”> No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name!”
Then a voice came from heaven,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AI)”> “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.” 29 The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him.
30 Jesus said, “This voice was for your benefit,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AJ)”> not mine. 31 Now is the time for judgment on this world;<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AK)”> now the prince of this world<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AL)”> will be driven out. 32 And I, when I am lifted up<span class="footnote" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="[g]”>[g] from the earth,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AM)”>will draw all people to myself.”<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AN)”> 33 He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AO)”>
34 The crowd spoke up, “We have heard from the Law<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AP)”> that the Messiah will remain forever,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AQ)”> so how can you say, ‘The Son of Man<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AR)”> must be lifted up’?<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AS)”> Who is this ‘Son of Man’?”
35 Then Jesus told them, “You are going to have the light<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AT)”> just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AU)”> before darkness overtakes you.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AV)”> Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going. 36 Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.”<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AW)”>When he had finished speaking, Jesus left and hid himself from them.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AX)”>

Belief and Unbelief Among the Jews

37 Even after Jesus had performed so many signs<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AY)”> in their presence, they still would not believe in him.38 This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet:
“Lord, who has believed our message
    and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AZ)”>
39 For this reason they could not believe, because, as Isaiah says elsewhere:
40 “He has blinded their eyes
    and hardened their hearts,
so they can neither see with their eyes,
    nor understand with their hearts,
    nor turn—and I would heal them.”<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(BA)”>
41 Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus’ glory<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(BB)”> and spoke about him.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(BC)”>
42 Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(BD)”> But because of the Pharisees <span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(BE)”>they would not openly acknowledge their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue;<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(BF)”> 43 for they loved human praise<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(BG)”> more than praise from God.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(BH)”>
44 Then Jesus cried out, “Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(BI)”> 45 The one who looks at me is seeing the one who sent me.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(BJ)”> 46 I have come into the world as a light,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(BK)”> so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.
47 “If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(BL)”> 48 There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(BM)”> at the last day. 49 For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(BN)”> to say all that I have spoken. 50 I know that his command leads to eternal life.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(BO)”> So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.”
It hurts me deeply that people who walked along my journey with incurable cancer don’t see the truth about the Lord in that. But when I read things like this I realize, the people back then saw every single thing Jesus did and they still didn’t believe. It’s so much more than believing in something or someone you can’t touch. It’s about humbling yourself enough to accept Him. To recognize that you NEED Him. That the fact that He is God matters. 
Day 13
John 13 It was just before the Passover Festival.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(A)”> Jesus knew that the hour had come<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(B)”> for him to leave this world and go to the Father.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(C)”> Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.
The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(D)”> Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(E)”> and that he had come from God<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(F)”> and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(G)”> After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(H)”> drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(I)”>
“No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”
“Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”
10 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(J)”> though not every one of you.”<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(K)”> 11 For he knew who was going to betray him,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(L)”>and that was why he said not every one was clean.
12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(M)”> and ‘Lord,’<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(N)”> and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(O)”> 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(P)”> 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(Q)”> nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(R)”>

Jesus Predicts His Betrayal

18 “I am not referring to all of you;<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(S)”> I know those I have chosen.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(T)”> But this is to fulfill this passage of Scripture:<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(U)”> ‘He who shared my bread<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(V)”> has turned against me.’<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(X)”>
19 “I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(Y)”> that I am who I am.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(Z)”> 20 Very truly I tell you, whoever accepts anyone I send accepts me; and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me.”<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AA)”>
21 After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AB)”> and testified, “Very truly I tell you, one of you is going to betray me.”<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AC)”>
22 His disciples stared at one another, at a loss to know which of them he meant. 23 One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AD)”> was reclining next to him. 24 Simon Peter motioned to this disciple and said, “Ask him which one he means.”
25 Leaning back against Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?”<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AE)”>
26 Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AF)”> the son of Simon Iscariot. 27 As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AG)”>
So Jesus told him, “What you are about to do, do quickly.” 28 But no one at the meal understood why Jesus said this to him. 29 Since Judas had charge of the money,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AH)”> some thought Jesus was telling him to buy what was needed for the festival,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AI)”> or to give something to the poor.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AJ)”> 30 As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he went out. And it was night.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AK)”>

Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.9em; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: top;" value="(AL)”>

31 When he was gone, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AM)”> is glorified<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AN)”> and God is glorified in him.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AO)”> 32 If God is glorified in him, God will glorify the Son in himself,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AP)”> and will glorify him at once.
33 “My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AQ)”>
34 “A new command<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AR)”> I give you: Love one another.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AS)”> As I have loved you, so you must love one another.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AT)”>35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AU)”>
36 Simon Peter asked him, “Lord, where are you going?”<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AV)”>
Jesus replied, “Where I am going, you cannot follow now,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AW)”> but you will follow later.”<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AX)”>
37 Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.”
38 Then Jesus answered, “Will you really lay down your life for me? Very truly I tell you, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times!

Oh, Judas. Everyone hates that guy. Now. It appears that he was always a slimeball, but there’s no hint that the disciples noticed. Jesus knew everything so obviously he was aware, but Judas wasn’t the creepy predator lurking in the shadows like we might expect from a guy like that. Sort of like we (yes, myself included) hypocrites who put on a good face but don’t live it out. 
I wonder why Jesus told Judas to “go quickly”. Did He want to hurry up and get it over with? I hate waiting in suspense for bad things, is it worse when you know exactly what’s going to happen like He did? Or was it more of an acknowledgement that He knew what was going to happen and would not thwart the plan? 
As a side note, at the start of this chapter we saw that Judas already made a plan to betray Jesus before Satan entered him. That’s different from being a helpless body possessed by evil.
Day 14
14 “Do not let your hearts be troubled.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(A)”> You believe<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(B)”> in God;<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(C)”> believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(D)”> to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(E)”> and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(F)”> You know the way to the place where I am going.”

Jesus the Way to the Father

Thomas<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(G)”> said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
Jesus answered, “I am<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(H)”> the way<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(I)”> and the truth<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(J)”> and the life.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(K)”> No one comes to the Father except through me.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(L)”> If you really know me, you will know my Father as well.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(M)”> From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
Philip<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(N)”> said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”
Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(O)”> How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me?<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(P)”> The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(Q)”> Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(R)”> 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(S)”> in me will do the works I have been doing,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(T)”> and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(U)”> in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit

15 “If you love me, keep my commands.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(V)”> 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(W)”> to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(X)”> The world cannot accept him,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(Y)”>because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans;<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(Z)”> I will come to you.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AA)”> 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AB)”> Because I live, you also will live.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AC)”> 20 On that day<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AD)”> you will realize that I am in my Father,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AE)”> and you are in me, and I am in you.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AF)”> 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AG)”> The one who loves me will be loved by my Father,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AH)”> and I too will love them and show myself to them.”
22 Then Judas<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AI)”> (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?”<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AJ)”>
23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AK)”> My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AL)”> 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AM)”>
25 “All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AN)”> the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AO)”> will teach you all things<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AP)”> and will remind you of everything I have said to you.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AQ)”>27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AR)”> I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AS)”> and do not be afraid.
28 “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AT)”> If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AU)”> for the Father is greater than I.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AV)”> 29 I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AW)”> 30 I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AX)”> is coming. He has no hold over me, 31 but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AY)”>
“Come now; let us leave.

How cool. The prince of this world (Satan) is coming. He HAS NO HOLD OVER ME…he comes so the world may learn that I love the father. The story had to go this way. The only way for us to see true love was for us to know that the perfect, spotless lamb willingly did exactly what His father commanded. He is the only one to ever do exactly what OUR father commands. And He is the only one of us who didn’t deserve a brutal death. What an injustice for Him. It pains me so much to know what people just like me did to Him. We can all say we wouldn’t have done that but the truth is we do awful things all the time. We get caught up in our own plans and allow someone to suffer. We don’t fight the mob for fear of getting trampled. We sit idly by as hatred prevails.
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