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Opening Prayer

Holy Spirit, open my mind to your word. Help me to understand what it says and to be sensitive to what it means for my life. Amen.

John 12:37-50

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

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

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

          “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.”

          Isaiah was referring to Jesus when he said this, because he saw the future and spoke of the Messiah’s glory. 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. For they loved human praise more than the praise of God.

          Jesus shouted to the crowds, “If you trust me, you are trusting not only me, but also God who sent me. For when you see me, you are seeing the one who sent me. 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. 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. But all who reject me and my message will be judged on the day of judgment by the truth I have spoken. I don’t speak on my own authority. The Father who sent me has commanded me what to say and how to say it. And I know his commands lead to eternal life; so I say whatever the Father tells me to say.”

Points to Ponder

  1. What did you find most interesting or noteworthy about today’s reading—and why?

  2. What’s the key message of this passage (e.g., what might it be saying about God, what God does, or about his desires for us)?

  3. What does this passage say to me about how I might be a more faithful follower of God?

 

All Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation. Copyright © 1996, 2007. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.