Gospels in 40 Days – April 12
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 17
MOST OF IT: John 18
HIGHLIGHT REEL: John 17:1-23
Who does God want you to show love to and how can you let those people know?
Loved | Rebecca Hoyt
John 17:23 – I in them and You in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that You sent me and have loved them even as You have loved me.
My Bible notes say Jesus recognized that Christians could live in the world without being bound to its mindset. Jesus did pray for the protection of His children from the evil one. The disciples were needed in the world to share the good news of the gospel. Sanctification is linked with truth (the Word of God), which provides a sure and unchanging standard for life. Jesus knew the importance of being sanctified or set apart unto the Lord for His disciples, and the only way to that goal was through the working of God’s Word in their lives.
I love this prayer Jesus prays for all believers. I could have written down all of v. 20-26. Amazing words Jesus is praying for you and me and all believers yet to come. He wants us to know and take to heart that he loves us as God loves Him.
Dear God, thank You for showing me these verses today. It has really helped me get my heart ready to celebrate Your resurrection on Sunday! It reminded me what You are all about -LOVE!
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.