What is Easter Sunday? This Sunday many people will flock to church to celebrate Easter Sunday, and I hope you plan to do the same. However, we would be better served to refer to Easter Sunday as “Resurrection Sunday” and not simply Easter Sunday.

For some, Easter Sunday is synonymous with the Easter Bunny, colorfully decorated Easter eggs, and Easter egg hunts. In and of themselves, those fun things for kids to do are not necessarily wrong. However, we must always remain mindful that the Easter Bunny and Easter Eggs have absolutely nothing to do with the importance of the day.

This Sunday is important for one reason and one reason only; the “Resurrection” of Jesus Christ. In the Gospel of Luke, The events of that “resurrection Sunday” were recounted:

1On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; He has risen” (Luke 24).

Now that’s something to Celebrate. I look forward to seeing you in Church this Sunday because it will be “RESURRECTION SUNDAY!”

Have a blessed Day!

John Mark Caton, Ph.D

Today is Maundy Thursday. In yesterday’s blog we looked at the fact that Maundy meant “command” which focuses on the command of Jesus to those disciples that they would love one another. Tomorrow is Good Friday! For those who are familiar with the events of Good Friday, it almost seems like a contradiction in terms. When we look at what happened to Jesus: betrayal, trials, beatings, crown of thorns, and being nailed to the cross, there was not much that was good.

So, why is Good Friday referred to as Good? Simply put, Good Friday is referred to as Good Friday not because the events of the day were good but because the results of the bad that took place on that day were good.

In the Book of Romans, the Apostle Paul tells us, “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
NOW THAT WAS GOOD!

In 1 Peter we are told, “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit” (1 Peter 3:18).
AND THAT WAS GOOD!

So, Good Friday is not called Good Friday because of the events of that day, but it is Good Friday because of the results of that day. Think about it and Have a “Good Friday” Tomorrow!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D

Tomorrow is Maundy Thursday. What does that mean? Maundy Thursday is the Thursday of Passion Week, the day before Good Friday. Two major events took place on Maundy Thursday of that week: First, Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper also called Communion. The second major event that took place on Thursday of Passion Week was Jesus washed the disciple’s feet. This was an example of humility.

We know that Jesus celebrated the Last Supper with the Disciples and washed the Disciples feet on that Thursday, but that still doesn’t tell us what ‘Maundy Thursday’ means. The word ‘Maundy’ comes from a simple Latin word that means “to command.”

Maundy Thursday is about us remembering the Lord’s Supper. It is also about remembering that Christ washed the Disciples feet. Most of all remember the command Christ gave to his disciples. Jesus said,  “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:34-35).

Enjoy Your Maundy Thursday tomorrow, but remember the COMMAND of Christ to Love one another.

John Mark Caton, Ph.D

Today is Tuesday of Holy Week, and our Journey to Easter takes us back to an important parable Jesus taught to His disciples on the Mount of Olives that Tuesday afternoon. The Parable was a story of three servants and how they used or misused their talents. Jesus said that His going back to heaven would be like a man who went on a long journey and called his servants in and entrusted them with five, two and one talent. The servant that had five talents used his talents wisely and earned five more. The servant that had two talents also used them wisely and made two more. However, the servant who only had one talent buried it.

Upon the master’s return he called his three servants in and praised the first two servants for using their talents wisely. The master said, “Well done good and faithful servant-you have been faithful with a little, I will put you in charge over more.” To the servant who simply buried or wasted his talent, He chastised and took away the one talent he did have.

What are you doing with what God has given you? Are you using it for God and His kingdom or are you burying your talents or wasting your treasures on things that really don’t matter?

Think about it…and have a great day!

John Mark Caton, Ph.D

This week is Passion Week. When most of us think about “passion,” we often think of passion in the way it is defined today which is “a strong emotion, feeling or desire.” However, the original Latin word ‘passio’ means to “endure great suffering.” That is exactly why we refer to the week between Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday Morning as Passion Week.

In a very real way, everything about this week in Jesus’ life was leading up to His Suffering for the sins of the world. Long Before Christ walked this earth, Isaiah the Prophet had predicted Christ would be nailed to the Cross. Isaiah said, “…He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).

Let me repeat those last words again—“By His Wounds We Were Healed!”  That last week of Christ’s Life also reflects the contemporary usage of our day of passion of a “strong emotion or feeling.” That strong emotion was none other than LOVE. After all, it was Christ’s strong love for those disciples that led Him to wash their feet. At the same time it was His strong love for us that drove Him to endure the DENIAL, BETRAYAL, BEATINGS AND CRUCIFIXION.

What a great message! His Passion brings us Peace and healing. Think about it and have a blessed Week!

John Mark Caton, Ph.D

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John 16: In today’s reading passage Christ tries to prepare the disciples for His departure. We all wish we could know what is coming at us in the future. We wish we could somehow prepare for or even avoid future difficulties; Christ tries to prepare His disciples (and future believers) for FAITH LIVING in this chapter.
First, He tells us that: 7But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8 When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 about sin, because people do not believe in me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned” (John 16: 7-11). He tells us that we are not alone… the Advocate is with us.

Also, Christ tells us: 31 “Do you now believe?” Jesus replied. 32 “A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me. 33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16: 31-33). He tells us that we will have trouble. However, through the trouble, we are to remember that there is peace in knowing that He has overcome the world.
So often, we do not know how to handle trouble in our lives. We can let trouble destroy us and crumble our faith OR we can let trouble show us a strength and solid faith that comes with focusing on the fact that there is PEACE in knowing that Christ overcame the world.
Take some time to ponder on the words of this chapter today. As we near Christ’s death in scripture, His words are powerful, intentional, and applicable.
John Mark Caton, Ph.D

John 16
16 “All this I have told you so that you will not fall away. 2 They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God. 3 They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me. 4 I have told you this, so that when their time comes you will remember that I warned you about them. I did not tell you this from the beginning because I was with you, 5 but now I am going to him who sent me. None of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6 Rather, you are filled with grief because I have said these things. 7 But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8 When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 about sin, because people do not believe in me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.
12 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”
The Disciples’ Grief Will Turn to Joy
16 Jesus went on to say, “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.”
17 At this, some of his disciples said to one another, “What does he mean by saying, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me,’ and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?” 18 They kept asking, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We don’t understand what he is saying.”
19 Jesus saw that they wanted to ask him about this, so he said to them, “Are you asking one another what I meant when I said, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me’? 20 Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. 21 A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. 22 So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. 23 In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
25 “Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father. 26 In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. 27 No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. 28 I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”
29 Then Jesus’ disciples said; “Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech. 30 Now we can see that you know all things and that you do not even need to have anyone ask you questions. This makes us believe that you came from God.”
31 “Do you now believe?” Jesus replied. 32 “A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.
33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

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Today’s Journey to Easter scripture is John 15. In this chapter the word ‘REMAIN’ is used frequently.
Throughout the chapter, Jesus instructs us to: remain in Him as He remains in us, remain in the vine, and to remain in His love.
Jesus gives clear results of remaining in Him: Remaining will lead to bearing fruit vs. not remaining in Him, which leads to withering. Remaining in Him gives an open opportunity to ask and be answered. And, remaining leads to joy that is complete.
To REMAIN means: to abide, stay, wait, tarry, rest, and endure. The opposite of abiding is departing. Where are you today? Do are you abiding in Christ or have you departed from Him? To abide may seem very passive, but on the contrary- abiding takes effort. Like a ship being tugged and pulled from dock- we are pulled away from Christ. It takes effort, prayer, scripture and dedication to stay abiding in Christ. My prayer for you today is that you are abiding in Christ and that you remain in Him.

John Mark Caton, Ph.D

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What did I learn from the passage that I didn’t know before?

What did the passage mean to those first century readers?

What does the passage mean to me?

What verse really stuck out to me?

What changes do I need to make in my life?

What verse gives me comfort or wisdom in my trials and difficulties?

What is God’s will for my life?

 

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John 15

The Vine and the Branches
1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.
The World Hates the Disciples
18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 20 Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’[b] If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. 21 They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 Whoever hates me hates my Father as well. 24 If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. 25 But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’[c]
The Work of the Holy Spirit
26 “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me. 27 And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.
Footnotes:
a. John 15:2 The Greek for he prunes also means he cleans.
b. John 15:20 John 13:16
c. John 15:25 Psalms 35:19; 69:4

Last week, Jeana was helping Jensyn with an ankle injury. Each night they would go through a routine of icing and soaking to help the swelling. After drying her feet, Jeana would rub an ointment on the injury that was supposed to help with pain and swelling. One night Jensyn looked down at her and said, “Mom, you are the best. I love you!” Out of all the things Jeana does for Jensyn- this act made an impact on her heart.

In our Journey To Easter scripture reading today – Jesus clearly knew the power of the foot wash, and He knew that His time had come. Jesus knew that His final words and actions would impact His disciples more than any other time.
John 13: 12-17 states:

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’ and ‘Lord,’ 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. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, 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.

Be blessed today by having a humble and serving spirit.
John Mark Caton, Ph.D

John 13
Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet
13 It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.
2 The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”
9 “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, though not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was going to betray him, 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’ and ‘Lord,’ 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. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, 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.
Jesus Predicts His Betrayal
18 “I am not referring to all of you; I know those I have chosen. But this is to fulfill this passage of Scripture: ‘He who shared my bread has turned[a] against me.’[b]
19 “I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am who I am. 20 Very truly I tell you, whoever accepts anyone I send accepts me; and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me.”
21 After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, “Very truly I tell you, one of you is going to betray me.”
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, 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?”
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, the son of Simon Iscariot. 27 As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him.
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, some thought Jesus was telling him to buy what was needed for the festival, or to give something to the poor. 30 As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he went out. And it was night.
Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial
31 When he was gone, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified and God is glorified in him. 32 If God is glorified in him,[c] God will glorify the Son in himself, 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.
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
36 Simon Peter asked him, “Lord, where are you going?”
Jesus replied, “Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later.”
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!
Footnotes:
a. John 13:18 Greek has lifted up his heel
b. John 13:18 Psalm 41:9
c. John 13:32 Many early manuscripts do not have If God is glorified in him.

Today’s Scripture reading passage is John chapter 12.  You can feel the urgency, as Christ knows His time on earth was almost finished.  Let’s look at what Christ knows:

23 Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.

He knows His time on earth is almost over.

24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.

He knows that through His death God will be glorified and the lost will be saved.

 27 “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour.

He knows the road ahead for Him will be hard, but he holds fast to the purpose of this hour.

28 Father, glorify your name!”  Then a voice came from heaven, “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, not mine.

He knows the glory of God’s name.

What do you know?  Do you know God’s glory?  Do you know the plan of salvation?  (John 3:16)  Do you know Christ as your personal savior?  Do you know the peace, comfort, love, strength… that a relationship with Christ brings?

If you do not know that you know, please let someone know.  You can message me on my Facebook page or email me at pastor@cottonwoodcreek.org.  Or, contact a Cottonwood staff member @ www.cottonwoodcreek.org

My prayers are with all who read this today.

John Mark Caton, Ph.D

 

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What did I learn from the passage that I didn’t know before?

What did the passage mean to those first century readers?

What does the passage mean to me?

What verse really stuck out to me?

What changes do I need to make in my life?

What verse gives me comfort or wisdom in my trials and difficulties?

What is God’s will for my life?

 

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John 12 

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

12 Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. Then Mary took about a pint[a] of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.[b]” He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, 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. You will always have the poor among you,[c] 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. 10 So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well, 11 for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and believing in him.

Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King

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 and went out to meet him, shouting,

“Hosanna![d]”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”[e]

“Blessed is the king of Israel!”

14 Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written:

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“Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion;
    see, your king is coming,
seated on a donkey’s colt.”[f]

16 At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified 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 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, 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!”

Jesus Predicts His Death

20 Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival. 21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida 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 has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, 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 for eternal life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.

27 “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name!”

Then a voice came from heaven, “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, not mine. 31 Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. 32 And I, when I am lifted up[g] from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33 He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die.

34 The crowd spoke up, “We have heard from the Law that the Messiah will remain forever, so how can you say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this ‘Son of Man’?”

35 Then Jesus told them, “You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. 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.” When he had finished speaking, Jesus left and hid himself from them.

Belief and Unbelief Among the Jews

37 Even after Jesus had performed so many signs 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?”[h]

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.”[i]

41 Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus’ glory and spoke about him.

42 Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not openly acknowledge their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved human praise more than praise from God.

44 Then Jesus cried out, “Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me. 45 The one who looks at me is seeing the one who sent me. 46 I have come into the world as a light, 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. 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 at the last day. 49 For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken. 50 I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.”

Footnotes:

  1. John 12:3 Or about 0.5 liter
  2. John 12:5 Greek three hundred denarii
  3. John 12:8 See Deut. 15:11.
  4. John 12:13 A Hebrew expression meaning “Save!” which became an exclamation of praise
  5. John 12:13 Psalm 118:25,26
  6. John 12:15 Zech. 9:9
  7. John 12:32 The Greek for lifted up also means exalted.
  8. John 12:38 Isaiah 53:1
  9. John 12:40 Isaiah 6:10

 

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