Month: April 2017

April 4, 2017

John 17:1-5

JOHN 17:1-5 (ESV)

1 When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.

Reflection Questions

John 17:1-5

  • What “authority over all flesh” has Jesus been granted?
  • What is my view towards Jesus’ authority over my life? What is the implication of rejecting Jesus’ authority?
  • Notice Jesus’ definition of eternal life. What are some wrong notions of “eternal life” that people hold?
  • In what ways can I pursue eternal life today?

John 17:1, 4-5

  • What brings God glory?
  • What specific work do I need to carry out on earth to bring God glory?

 

 

 

 

 

April 3, 2017

John 16:25-33

JOHN 16:25-33 (ESV)

25 “I have said these things to you in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures of speech but will tell you plainly about the Father. 26 In that day you will ask in my name, and I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf; 27 for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. 28 I came from the Father and have come into the world, and now I am leaving the world and going to the Father.”

29 His disciples said, “Ah, now you are speaking plainly and not using figurative speech! 30 Now we know that you know all things and do not need anyone to question you; this is why we believe that you came from God.” 31 Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? 32 Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me. 33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Reflection Questions

John 16:31-33

“‘You will leave me all alone’ reveals Jesus’ disappointment and emotional tension. The sympathy and support of these men, imperfect as they were, meant much to him. Nevertheless, his chief resource was the Father, whose purpose he came to fulfill and by whose power he was able to execute it.”[1]

  • How could Jesus say, “Yet I am not alone,” in the face of the disciples’ imminent abandonment?
  • Are there some situations in which I need to cling on to this fact that “[y]et I am not alone, for the Father is with me”?

“Jesus imparted to his disciples the information concerning his death and his provision for them that they might be calm and confident in the face of disillusionment and apparent disaster. […]  Even in the hour of his greatest suffering he had an unshakable confidence in the victorious purpose of God. Jesus did not overlook the trial that would affect them as well as himself, for that was inevitable in a world alienated from God. He did proclaim victory over it.”[2]

  • What can I learn about Jesus from the fact that he told his disciples to “take heart” right after telling them about their imminent failure and disloyalty?
  • How do the cross and resurrection of Jesus allow me to “take heart” despite my failures?
  • How does the triumph of Jesus help me to “have peace” in the midst of tribulations?

[1] Frank E. Gaebelein, Expositor’s Bible Commentary CD (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Pub. House, 1992), notes for chapter 16.

[2] Ibid.

 

 

 

 

 

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