Some may scoff and say that Jesus staged the whole thing, but the amazing prophecy actually begins in Matthew 21:2 where Jesus tells His disciples, “Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me.”
Fulfilled prophecies strengthen our faith because only an all-knowing, all-powerful God could know the future and have them occur exactly when he plans.
APPLICATION: Praise God for His amazing strength, knowledge, compassion, and plan for my life!
Jesus is the true vine and his Father is the husbandman, vinedresser. The TRUE vine—this makes me think of different vines I’ve run into in my gardening. Our son and his wife bought a house in South Carolina several years ago and it must have been owned by a gardener at one time. There are seven gardens and tons of flowering trees, but much of it was taken over by vines of different sorts. Thankfully, there were no kudzu vines! If you’ve never lived in the south you may not be familiar with this rascal! A kudzu vine will take over everything and is next to impossible to get rid of!
In the north, we have another nasty vine called poison ivy. As a child, we had poison ivy on the front hill of our property but my mom really worked at keeping it under control. (Don’t ever burn it and stand in the smoke! You will be covered with poison!) When we bought our first home we also had poison ivy, but I didn’t recognize it because it was this hairy looking branch that had connected itself to the trees. The tiny reddish leaves that I was used to seeing were twelve to fifteen feet up the tree!
Bad, or untrue vines. They are out to destroy! Jesus is the true vine and His purposes are always good! He will gladly graft on any branch that believes in Him and then pours Himself into it, nourishing it and strengthening it to produce fruit for His glory.
And then there’s the vinedresser or husbandman—the gardener who really knows how to care for the vine and all His branches. In fact, the Vinedresser willingly cut the vine down knowing that It would revive and be able to nourish the branches in a way that had not been possible before!
Application: Oh, I want to be a good branch! How I want to grow and bring forth fruit, trusting the Father to cut and prune and slash as He sees fit so that I can produce more fruit—much fruit—for His glory!!! Hallelujah! What a Savior!
Once again the whole passage may need to be read to get the whole story. It begins with the adulterous woman being brought to Jesus. He writes on the ground and asks the one who has not sinned to cast the first stone. I love verse nine: And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. I love that the elders led–a challenge for me! Verse 32 is also a favorite: And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. Such a simple statement but it was misconstrued as well. (I shouldn’t be surprised when my simple statements are misconstrued.:) )
When Jesus tells them that He is going His way in verse 21, He also says that they will die in their sins and not come with him.
This passage is a great example of listening with the unregenerated mind and not the born-again heart. Look at what Jesus said vs. what they hear:
I’m going to heaven but you are not because of your sin/ We can’t go with him, He must be suicidal (21-22)
You’re from this world, I’m from heaven/Who are you? (23-25). They never once consider that Jesus may have been exactly who He said He was–the Son of God!
These are just two examples, but verse 27 sums up their thinking which Jesus knew completely: “They understood not …”
Application for me: Am I listening when I’m reading the Bible or hearing teaching or preaching? Do I hear what I want to hear? Am I willing to look inside and see what Jesus sees?
I love Jesus’ timing. NOTHING is done without purpose. The chapter begins with the feeding of the 5,000. Is that not fitting seeing that our verse for the days states that Jesus is the bread of life?
Once again we find the religious leaders arguing with Jesus about the manna which their fathers ate in the wilderness. When Jesus corrects them saying the bread came from their Father-God, not from Moses, they ask for this bread. His answer: I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst (v. 35).
He speaks of spiritual hunger and thirst, not physical, and once again they miss his point.
Application: Do I get this? Do I realize that Jesus is ALL that I need? He gives me eternal life and sustains me with His words! Hallelujah! I’m so glad! I never need to chase after the things of this world. They will leave me cold, broken, and empty every time!
—John 4:26 (You may need to read the passage to find out the answer.) Jesus is [the] M______________.
Jesus is the Messiah. I’m always amazed at this woman’s impertinence. She was a hurting woman. Today, we might say she had a chip on her shoulder concerning her religion and probably her nationality. She was a Samaritan outcast, coming to the well at an odd hour, probably to miss the gossiping tongues of her neighbors. But all the while Jesus simply answers her questions drawing her to the truth about Himself! This is witnessing 101 and the lesson for me: meet people where they are, love them don’t condemn them, and show them the wonder, grace, and glory of our Savior!
Many churches label this day as Ash Wednesday and symbolize its significance in various ways. While I do not recognize that day, this day is the first day of a 46-day journey to Resurrection Sunday.
Any time and every day is a great time to study the Bible. This little devotional is meant to help you to focus on Jesus and His last days on earth. I’ve organized it but the thoughts will be all yours! Blessings to you as you study God’s Word.
Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. Revelation 1:3
Jesus said several “I am” statements. This week, starting tomorrow, look up each verse and consider what it tells you about Who Jesus is.
The 46 days before Easter (40 weekdays and six Sundays) has been called Lent since the 4th century. It is not a biblical mandate and there are no references to it in the Bible. However, the idea of taking extra time and effort to draw close to our God and Savior, Jesus Christ before the most important day on the believer’s calendar seems like a worthy prospect.
For that reason, my husband and I put together a 40-devotional. STARTING TOMORROW each week will have a different topic and each day, except Sunday, will have a correlating Bible reference. The goal is to read the verse(s) and then write down your thoughts. Then on Wednesdays, we will gather at the church to put our thoughts together and grow in our understanding of God’s precious Word. (If you live in the area you are welcome to join us at Steam Valley Bible Church, 570 SR 183, Trout Run, Pa 17771)
The topics are:
Who is Jesus, a look at His “I am” statements
Parables of Jesus’ last week
Prophecies surrounding Jesus’ death
Miracles of Jesus’ last month of earthly ministry
I will be posting the daily verses and including my thoughts. I’d be glad for any journeymen who would like to join me in this study. Just post your comments and we’ll share our thoughts. Click here to download your copy!
Studytoshowthyself approved to God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Tim 2:15