Week 14, Day 4: A Live Lived for One Moment

In John chapters 12 – 17, the apostle goes into more detail than Matthew, Mark, or Luke in describing actually what went on at the final Passover Jesus spent with his disciples. Several extremely popular Scriptures are found being spoken at this meal. This makes sense. A man facing death isn’t going to waste time with the trivial. Everything Jesus ever said is important, but the fact that He chose to emphasize certain things at this His last meal should give us a clue to how much special attention we should pay to these words. Eight of the important things Jesus says at this final Passover are:

  1. I am going to prepare a place for you. “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions;[a] if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.[b] 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” John 14:1-3 (NKJ).
  2. I am the only way to God. “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me’” John 14:6 (NKJ).
  3. Keep my commandments as proof of loving me. “Jesus answered and said to him, ‘If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me’” John 14:23-24 (NKJ)
  4. The Holy Spirit will come. “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you” John 14:26 (NKJ).
  5. I am the true vine connecting you to the Father. “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you” John 15: 1, 4, and 7 (NKJ).
  6. Love one another.  “These things I command you, that you love one another” John 15:17 (NKJ).
  7. Expect persecution. “Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you” John 15:20 (NKJ).
  8. I have overcome the world. “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” John 16:33 (NKJ).

What is your heart response to any of the above eight “famous last words”? When time permits, read through John chapters 14 – 17. What other words of Christ spoken at this final Passover meal stand out for you?

Prayer of Supplication: Lord, please attune my ear daily to Your word for me in any and every situation and encounter. Please speak Your word for me right now as I face…

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©2012 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on April 6, 2012.

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