Friday, November 13, 2015

John, Day 5 Readings

Jesus' Crucifixion & Resurrection  

Today's first reading tells of Jesus' final questioning by Pilate and his crucifixion.  In many ways, it is very similar to the accounts in the other gospels.  Perhaps the most notable difference is that Jesus speaks directly to a few of his disciples from the cross -- encouraging the one he loved to take care of his mother, Mary.  In this, Jesus is again pointing to the close relationships, rooted in love, between all of Jesus' followers.

Read John 19:1-42  (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
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The second reading is the climactic lesson in John, drawn from Jesus' resurrection.  On that morning, Jesus appears outside of the tomb to Mary Magdalene.  Soon thereafter, he appears to the disciples and lastly to Thomas, who wants to place his fingers in the marks of Jesus' crucifixion.  While Jesus accommodates Thomas' request, he blesses all those who will believe in his resurrection without seeing his scarred body -- which is to say, Jesus blesses all those who will become disciples in the years to come, including us.  In fact, for John, the purpose of this gospel is to give spiritual sight to people, allowing them to truly see Jesus and believe in him.

Read John 20:1-31  (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
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Reading the Bible in Its Entirety

If you are planning to read the Bible in its entirety, you should read John 18-21 today.