Praise God! We made it through Week 2 of Following Jesus 101: Gospel of John – Bible Reading Plan Challenge! This week we have started to learn who Jesus is and why He came to save us. This week’s scriptures were all based on Jesus meeting new people (believers and non-believers) who needed signs and wonders performed before they would believe that Jesus was even here. And even though many saw these signs and wonders that Jesus performed – most chose still not to believe Him as is still today!
I will give you the scripture verses or comments about the verses that stood out to me. Feel free to tell us what scriptures stood out to you and how you apply them to your life in the comments! Let’s get started…
Day 8: Jesus offers us spiritual food that we resist everyday. Jesus’s food that he spoke of, is from the will of God that could only be finished by Him. Now that he’s in Heaven he asks us to do the will of God by speaking to others about Him. He says that the harvest is plenty but the laborers are few. When the Samaritans saw his miracles and wonders they then believed. But unfortunately, that was the only way some of them would accept him as the Savior. Jesus has worked miracles in our lives everyday and some of us still have a hard time accepting and truly believing that He is our Savior. God is our everything! Does he have to prove it over and over again before you truly give your life to him?
Day 9: So Jesus explained, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything he is doing. In fact, the Father will show him how to do even greater works than healing this man. Then you will truly be astonished. (John 5:19-20)
Day 10: “You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me! 40Yet you refuse to come to me to receive this life. “Your approval means nothing to me, because I know you don’t have God’s love within you. For I have come to you in my Father’s name, and you have rejected me. Yet if others come in their own name, you gladly welcome them. No wonder you can’t believe! For you gladly honor each other, but you don’t care about the honor that comes from the one who alone is God. “Yet it isn’t I who will accuse you before the Father. Moses will accuse you! Yes, Moses, in whom you put your hopes. If you really believed Moses, you would believe me, because he wrote about me. But since you don’t believe what he wrote, how will you believe what I say?” (John 5:39-47)
Day 11: “Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.” Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” “Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.” Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”
(John 6:26-27, 32-35)
Day 12: Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. But you haven’t believed in me even though you have seen me. However, those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them. For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do my own will. And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has given me, but that I should raise them up at the last day. For it is my Father’s will that all who see his Son and believe in him should have eternal life. I will raise them up at the last day.” (John 6:35-40)
Day 13: The people were surprised when they heard him. “How does he know so much when he hasn’t been trained?” they asked. So Jesus told them, “My message is not my own; it comes from God who sent me. Anyone who wants to do the will of God will know whether my teaching is from God or is merely my own. Those who speak for themselves want glory only for themselves, but a person who seeks to honor the one who sent him speaks truth, not lies. Moses gave you the law, but none of you obeys it! In fact, you are trying to kill me.” (John 7:15-19)
Day 14: On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.) (John 7:37-39)
These scriptures that I’ve shared spoke to my heart and has given me a glimpse into the life of Jesus when He started his journey toward saving us! Just as He spoke to the hearts of men and women who were seeking a savior then – He speaks to us today who need Him more than ever!
What have you learned from these scriptures? What are your favorite verse(s)? How will you apply His word to your life this week? Please share your thoughts and testimonials in the comments…
God loves you and so do I…