Daily Archives: October 2, 2018
John was one of the 12 apostles and referred to himself as the “disciple whom Jesus loved.” His perspective on the Good News is unique and jam-packed with love. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
The Crucifixion of Jesus
So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. 17 Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). 18 There they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle.
19 Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: jesus of nazareth, the king of the jews. 20 Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. 21 The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, “Do not write ‘The King of the Jews,’ but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews.”
22 Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”
23 When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.
24 “Let’s not tear it,” they said to one another. “Let’s decide by lot who will get it.”
This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled that said,
“They divided my clothes among them
Progression of Faith | Shiree King
We have read about Nicodemus before, but I’ve never connected that he was part of Jesus’ burial. In John 3, Nicodemus (a Pharisee who was also part of the governing board of Pharisees), came to Jesus at night (perhaps so none of the other Pharisees would see him) to question Jesus and find out more about Him because he was intrigued by Jesus’ miracles. In John 7, Nicodemus suggests to the other Pharisees that Jesus should get a fair trial and gets ridiculed and taunted as a result. Finally, now in John 19, we read that Nicodemus helped to give Jesus a proper burial. The spiritual progression we see (or infer) from Nicodemus’ life shows how Jesus made a difference in his life. Once he had a true encounter with Jesus, Nicodemus was never the same. He no longer fit in with his Pharisee crowd, but it took Jesus dying at the hands of his “friends” for Nicodemus to finally make a public declaration of his faith by financing and participating in Jesus’ burial.
Once we have a true encounter with Jesus, we’ll also never be the same. He meets us where we are and speaks uniquely into our lives to our unique points of need. My current need is to trust Him to handle the people and things I cannot control. He’s building my faith in Him as my true provider, protector, and source of power.
Dear God, Thank You for showing me today about how You changed Nicodemus’ life and met him where he was. Please continue to meet me where I am and change me too. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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