Gospels in 40 Days – April 5
Welcome to our study of the gospels during the Lenten season. Lent is the Christian tradition of preparing for the resurrection of Jesus by taking intentional steps to grow closer to God during the 40 days before Easter. The tradition mirrors Jesus going into the wilderness to fast and pray for 40 days, where he was tempted by Satan but was able to resist, strengthen, and grow his ministry for the days ahead (Matthew 4). Typical Lenten observances include fasting, repentance, moderation, self-denial, and spiritual discipline.
To join the study, pick a reading plan to follow, journal on the day’s reading using the SOAP method of Bible study (see “What’s SOAP?” on our website for details), and check in for daily posts from our study leaders. We hope you will join us this season, intentionally stepping toward God!
John was one of Jesus’ closest apostles. He often referred to himself in his gospel as the disciple Jesus loved. He was also pretty young when he walked with Jesus and watched him die on the cross, and he later played a large role in the expansion of Christianity, penning 1, 2, and 3 John and Revelation as well as his gospel and pastoring a church in Ephesus. His gospel is the most relational of the four gospels as it best describes who Jesus is and helps us to know him better.
Clicking on the following links will take you to the Bible Gateway website where you can read the NIV version of today’s reading:
ALL OF IT: John 5-6
MOST OF IT: John 5:1-18
HIGHLIGHT REEL: none
Just like food fills you physically, are you filled spiritually with Jesus?
The Bread of Life | Rebecca Hoyt
John 6:35, 38 – 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…For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of Him who sent me.”
My Bible notes “I am the bread of life” is the first of seven “I am” axioms, which are recorded only in John. The metaphors Jesus used include:
-the bread of life (6:35,41,48,51);
-the light of the world (8:12);
-the door of the sheep gate (10:7-9);
-the good Shepherd (10:11,14);
-the resurrection and the life (11:25);
-the way, the truth, and the life (14:6); and
-the true vine (15:1,5).
Verse 38 is a hard one but a good one to remember, that God made us to do His will and not our own. I need to think about this when doing anything during my day — am I doing what I want to do in different situations or what God wants me to do?
Dear Lord, thank You for each new day. Please help me to do Your will today and not my own checklist. Please help me pray through out the day so I don’t get too busy to keep You first in everything I do.
The Discover One Thing main website follows a reading plan that goes through the entire Bible in one year. Click HERE to check out today’s Discover One Thing post.