Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Nov 13: John 18

Today's reading in our daily plan is John 18. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)

  • Jesus is arrested. Though he never broke a law or committed a crime, he gets arrested. The religious leaders knew that the movement Jesus had started was a threat to their nation, and they cared about maintaining their nation than obeying God. 
  • Peter also cared more for maintaining the status quo than obeying God (and consequently severed a guy’s ear with a sword!). But Jesus was perfectly submitted to God and obeyed him.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • When God leads us to sacrifice or change our plans, it can be difficult. Sometimes we even fight to keep things the way we like them. But Jesus points us in a different direction, showing us what obeying God looks like. Jesus didn’t wake up one day and make a random decision to die for God. He made a myriad of small decisions that showed him God’s faithfulness. When the time came to sacrifice it all for God he was ready.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • How can you be faithful to God with the small things in life? A good question to ask yourself is, “what does God want me to do right now?” Don’t wait for a voice from heaven, just do what Jesus talks about in the bible. What small thing does God want you to do today, right now?